UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (May 3, 2010)
Release: Thursday 05/02/2010 
by UCSD
Senior Linda Rainwater and the Track & Field team host the CCAA Champoinships this weekend.
Senior Linda Rainwater and the Track & Field...
Courtesy: UCSD

THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Mon., May 3---M Golf---UCSD at NCAA Central/West Regional---All Day

Tue., May 4---M Golf---UCSD at NCAA Central/West Regional---All Day

Wed., May 5---M Golf---UCSD at NCAA Central/West Regional---All Day

Thu., May 6---Track & Field---UCSD hosts CCAA Championships---All Day
Thu., May 6---M Tennis---UCSD at NCAA Regionals---12:30 PM
Thu., May 6---Baseball---UCSD at CCAA Championship Tournament---7:00 PM
Thu., May 6---W Tennis---UCSD at NCAA Regionals---4:30 PM

Fri., May 7---Track & Field---UCSD hosts CCAA Championships---All Day
Fri., May 7---Baseball---UCSD at CCAA Championship Tournament ---TBD

Sat., May 8---Track & Field---UCSD at CCAA Championships---All Day
Sat., May 8---Baseball---UCSD at CCAA Championship Tournament ---TBD

NO. 2 BASEBALL TOP SEED IN CCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
Looking to add another jewel to its CCAA regular season crown, the second-ranked Baseball team (45-6/35-5 CCAA) travels to Stockton this weekend for the 2010 CCAA Championship Tournament at Klein Family Field on the campus of University of the Pacific...The top-seeded Tritons open Thursday at 7:00 PM against fourth-seeded Chico State...Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State San Bernardino meet in the other first round game.

Coming off an emphatic regular season-ending four-game sweep at San Francisco State, Coach Dan O'Brien's squad will be aiming to win this double elimination tournament for the third time (the first two were in 2005 and 2009) and trying for a back-to-back sweep of both the regular season and tournament crowns...The four weekend victories lifted the 2010 team into the record book for most wins in a season, topping the mark of 43 set in 2008...UCSD won the finished with a whopping eight-game cushion over second place Dominguez Hills in the final regular season standings.

The Tritons set the tone for last week's series right off the bat, crushing SFSU, 19-3, as O'Brien collected his 400th career win in game one...O'Brien's crew scored in eight-of-nine innings, clubbed 24 hits (seven extra bases) and stole four bases...Four UCSD players---senior Vance Albitz and juniors Kyle Saul, Danny Susdorf and Kellen Lee---accounted for four hits each...Meanwhile, junior Tim Shibuya coasted through six innings for his 10th victory of the season with Taylor Austin and Elias Tuma wrapping things up out of the 'pen.

Senior right hander Matt Rossman whiffed nine in just five innings, running his record to a perfect, 9-0, as UCSD blasted the Gators, 11-2, in Saturday's doubleheader opener... Seventeen Triton hits and four SFSU errors doomed the home team in this one...For all practical purposes, UCSD put it away by scoring four two-out runs in the second... Junior second baseman Grant Bauer's two-run homer keyed the uprising...The Tritons had to fight back from an early 3-0 deficit for a 9-5 conquest in the second half of the twinbill...UCSD got eight of its 14 hits and seven runs in a fourth inning offensive explosion that turned the game in its favor...Albitz and Saul rapped three hits each and sophomore catcher Michael Benton tagged his fourth home run of the year...Senior Kirby St. John joined Shibuya in the 10-win club, tossing six innings before Danny Simmons came on to finish the job...Albitz also broke his own single season runs scored mark with his 64th tally.

A two-run first inning double by junior Evan Kehoe jump-started UCSD to an 8-4 win in Sunday's series finale as righty Guido Knudson scattered six hits and fanned eight while snagging his eighth victory...Kehoe, Albitz and first baseman Brandon Gregorich all recorded two hits for UCSD which ran its win streak to 11 straight and has now prevailed in 15 of its last 16 outings.

Listen to interview with senior shortstop Vance Albitz.

UCSD HOSTS CONFERENCE TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
UCSD will host the 2010 CCAA Track & Field Championships, this Thursday through Saturday, at Triton Track & Field Stadium...Thursday will feature the first day of the decathlon and heptathlon competition...Those two events will wind up Friday which will also include finals in the men's 10,000, hammer, shot put and long jump and women's 10,000, long jump, javelin and discus as well as semi-finals in a slew of events to be contested Saturday...Coach Darcy Ahner's Triton women are favored to nab their sixth CCAA title in a row while Coach Tony Salerno's men will be looking to step up from a second place performance in 2009.

UCSD's roster is anchored by six returning conference champions...Reigning CCAA gold medalists for the men include multiple hurdle champ Leon Baham (110 HH & 400 IH), Nick Howe (javelin) and Casey Ryan (high jump)...Defending winners for the women are 2009 Athlete of the Meet Christine Merrill (400 & 400 hurdles), Linda Rainwater (heptathlon & high jump) and Kelly Fogarty (100)...Merrill was also won the CCAA 400 hurdles as a sophomore and fellow senior Rainwater has won the heptathlon three straight years and took the high jump as a freshman.

UCSD-HPU MEET AGAIN IN NCAA WOMEN'S TENNIS REGIONAL
No. 11 Hawaii Pacific will be the foe (and host) when the 15th-ranked Women's Tennis team opens 2010 NCAA Division II Regional play this Wednesday at the Central Oahu Regional Tennis Complex just outside Honolulu, HI...The Tritons (13-8) and Vulcans (18-4) met earlier this season with the latter escaping with a 5-4 victory, on a windy day last month in Oahu...The winner of Wednesday's encounter will advance to the NCAA round of 16, next week in Altamonte Springs, FL...The seven-time CCAA champion Tritons have reached the post-season 29 consecutive times (combined Division III and II)...Last year these same two squads met in the first round with HPU prevailing, 5-4, in La Jolla after UCSD had won by the same score during the regular season.

 

MEN'S TENNIS MAKES 10TH STRAIGHT NCAA APPEARANCE
Coach Eric Steidlmayer's Tennis team hopes that the third time will be the charm when it travels to Laie, HI Wednesday to battle BYU-Hawaii in the West Regional of the NCAA Division II Championship Tournament...The 30th-ranked Tritons (12-10) have met up with the Seasiders (18-3) twice already this season...They dropped a 5-4 decision at the Paseo Tournament, Feb. 12,  in Phoenix and were defeated, 7-2, at BYU-Hawaii, March 24...This will be UCSD's 10th consecutive trip to NCAA post-season play since moving to Division II in the 2000-01 season.

Read website Q&A with junior Erik Elliott.

WOMEN'S WATER POLO SECOND AT WWPA CHAMPIONSHIP
Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's first year at the helm of the Women's Water Polo team ended one game short of an improbable NCAA Championship berth as his 18th-ranked Tritons finished second in last weekend's Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championship in Bakersfield, CA...Its 2-1 mark at the season-ending tournament leaves UCSD with an 18-19 ledger in 2010.

UCSD bounced back from an early, 3-1, hole to run away from Sonoma State, 10-7, in its tourney debut Thursday afternoon...After surrendering three of the first four scores, the Tritons struck for eight of the next nine with T.C. Coles leading the way...The junior tallied three times, drew an ejection as well as a penalty shot that was converted by ____ ...Senior Audra Bloom and junior Hanalei Crowell both finished with two goals.

The Tritons earned a spot in the WWPA title game for the first time in six years by pummeling Colorado State, 14-8, in Saturday's semi-final...Kreutzkamp credited the victory to "finishing shots," something UCSD failed to do in an 8-4 upset loss to the Rams at the Santa Clara Invitational just three weeks prior...The Tritons never trailed in this one and when CSU pulled to within two at 8-6 with 3:07 remaining in the third quarter, they put the pedal to the floor, scoring six of the next seven to ice the verdict...Sophomore Kirsten Bates was the catalyst, scoring three of her game high five goals in that span...Bloom and fellow senior Stephanie Heinrich chipped in with three goals each and a third senior, goalie Markayla Quane, turned away six shots in the cage.

Bloom deposited four more in Sunday's championship game and Crowell added three of her own but they were not enough to allow UCSD to overcome a four-goal halftime deficit in a 13-10 loss to No. 8 Loyola Marymount...The two teams traded goals early but four unanswered first half Lion goals proved to be insurmountable...A Jessica Tran score with just over four minutes remaining in the third quarter brought UCSD to within two at 8-6 but that's all the closer things would get as the Tritons had difficulty stopping the quicker Lions' counterattack, picking up an uncharacteristic 12 ejections on the afternoon...Bates was named first team all-tournament with Heinrich and Quane getting second team designation...Earlier in the week, Quane and Heinrich were selected to the All-WWPA first team, Bates grabbed second team honors and Bloom was honorable mention.

MEN'S CREW WINS WIRA EFFICIENCY TROPHY
The good news was that Coach Zach Johnson's Men's Rowing team captured the Efficiency Trophy at last weekend's Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships on Sacramento's Lake Natoma, signifying the "best performance based on number of entries"...The flip side of that feat was that Johnson's varsity eight, which came in as one of the favorites and laid down the fastest preliminary time while winning its heat Saturday, picked a bad time to have a bad race---namely in Sunday's grand final...On a difficult, windy day, the Tritons got a bad start, "caught a crab" early and never recovered, finishing dead last in the six-boat field that included four opponents they had beaten head-to-head during the 2010 season...The loss finishes UCSD's campaign as a top two result was needed to garner a second straight invitation to next month's Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (IRA) Championships...Johnson was named the WIRA Coach of the Year for the second straight time.

On the bright side, the Triton JV-8 won its division, charging from behind in the final 400 meters to nip Gonzaga by .02 seconds...Manning the boat were Michael Verdone, Justin Hsu, Jon Seibert, Joey Frank, Billy Scherba, Zach Sharfman, Kellen Mandehr, Alfred Tam and coxswain Shawn Kuo...Coach Colin Truex's novice eight put together a race similar to that of the JV-8, coming from a boat length down in last 500 meters to nearly catch front running Orange Coast College...The Tritons wound up second in a photo finish, .01 seconds short of OCC...Truex's lineup consisted of Jeff Friesen, Ross Bell, Kenny DeSantis, Justin Walsh, Ryan Brown, Austin Jones, Simon Farah, Ray Sheng and coxswain Mark Tolentino...Seibert was accorded second team All-WIRA recognition.

WOMEN'S CREW BATTLES AT TOUGH WIRA REGATTA
With her program in an acknowledged "building" year, Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Crew turned in a solid performance at last weekends' Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships on Lake Natoma, outside of Sacramento...The Triton varsity eight rowed to third in the petite final (12th overall) Sunday while the second varsity eight collected third place...The UCSD novice eight claimed 12th overall while the second novice eight took sixth in its division...On Saturday, the UCSD lightweight eight claimed fourth and the varsity four was fourth in the petite final... Individually, senior Brianna Patterson was named to the All-WIRA second team after competing in five different races...The Tritons will be back at Lake Natoma in two weeks to cap the season at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships.

OKASAKI REPRESENTS UCSD AT NCAA GOLF REGIONAL
Junior Keith Okasaki of Sacramento will be the lone player carrying the UCSD banner at the 2010 NCAA Division II Central/West Regional which starts today at the Classic Club in Palm Desert...The 54-hole tournament will run through Wednesday with the top teams and individuals advancing to the NCAA D-II Championship, May 18-21 in Noblesville, IN.

Okasaki, who earned a berth in last year's Regional along with Triton teammates Raj Samra and Billy Olsen, was one of four individuals from the West Region to be chosen for this week's tourney...UCSD's most consistent player throughout the course of the season, Okasaki owns the team's lowest per round average.

NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, will feature head tennis coaches Liz LaPlante and Eric Steidlmayer as well as athletes Guido Knudson (baseball) and Leon Baham (track & field)...The show will be posted Tuesday afternoon at http://ucsdtritons.com.

The Triton Softball team placed four members on the 2010 All-CCAA team that was announced last week...Junior center fielder Kris Lesovsky, the club's leader in virtually every offensive category, senior catcher Nicole Saari and her battery mate, sophomore pitcher Camille Gaito were all first team choices...Gaito was named the conference's Co-Pitcher of the Year...It was Saari's third consecutive all-league selection and the second for Lesovsky...Freshman third baseman/DP Nicole Spangler gained second team recognition.

The 17th annual Triton Athletic Associates Golf Tournament, benefiting UC San Diego Athletics, will be held Monday, May 24 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club... Persons interested in playing or sponsoring the event should contact the UCSD Athletic Dept. at (858) 534-8460...Click here to link to the tournament brochure.


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Sunday, December 21
W Basketball vs. Cal Poly Pomona
2:00 PM
UC San Diego
M Basketball vs. Cal Poly Pomona
4:00 PM
UC San Diego
Monday, December 29
Swimming & Diving at San Diego State (W)/Air Force/Incarnate Word
2:00 PM
San Diego
Friday, January 02
W Basketball vs. Cal State Stanislaus
5:30 PM
UC San Diego
M Basketball vs. Cal State Stanislaus
7:30 PM
UC San Diego
Saturday, January 03
Swimming & Diving vs. Grand Canyon/Incarnate Word/San Diego State (W)
11:00 AM
UC San Diego
W Basketball vs. Chico State
5:30 PM
UC San Diego
M Basketball vs. Chico State
7:30 PM
UC San Diego
Sunday, January 04
Swimming & Diving vs. Colorado Mesa/Missouri S&T (M)/San Jose State (W)
12:00 PM
UC San Diego
Wednesday, January 07
M Volleyball at Concordia
7:00 PM
Irvine
Friday, January 09
Fencing at North American Cup
8:00 AM
Salt Lake City, UT
W Basketball vs. Sonoma State
5:30 PM
UC San Diego
M Basketball vs. Sonoma State
7:30 PM
UC San Diego
Saturday, January 10
Swimming & Diving at Loyola Marymount (W)/CSU Bakersfield
12:00 PM
Los Angeles
M Volleyball at Grand Canyon
1:00 PM
Phoenix, AZ
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