Release: Sunday 05/09/2010 
Senior Kirby St. John and the No. 1-ranked Baseball team start NCAA Regional play this week.
Senior Kirby St. John and the No. 1-ranked...
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Thu., May 13---Baseball---UCSD at NCAA West Regional---6:00 PM

Fri., May 14---Baseball---UCSD at NCAA West Regional---TBD

Sat., May 14---Baseball---UCSD at NCAA West Regional---TBD
Sat., May 15---Track & Field---UCSD at Cal State L.A. Invitational---All Day
Sat., May 15---W-Crew---UCSD at Pacific Coast Rowing Championships---8:00 AM

After matching last year's CCAA regular season championship and winning a second consecutive CCAA Championship Tournament last weekend in Stockton, Coach Dan O'Brien's No. 1-ranked Baseball team will travel to Compton, CA this week looking for a second straight NCAA West Regional crown and the return trip to Cary, NC for the NCAA Division II World Series that comes with it...UCSD, the top regional seed, will face fourth-seeded Hawaii Pacific Thursday (2:00 PM) at the MLB Urban Youth Academy...In the double elimination format, the winner will play the next day at 6:00 PM with the loser going at 2:00 PM...Two familiar foes, Cal State Dominguez Hills and Chico State, will face off in the other first round contest...The Tritons, now 48-7 after defeating Cal State Dominguez Game in the finals of the CCAA Tournament, have won the conference tourney three times in the last six years.

UCSD plated five runs in the first inning and got seven strong innings from junior ace Tim Shibuya to put away fourth-seeded Chico State, 8-5, in the first round of the CCAA Tournament last Thursday...Shibuya, who struck out five and walked one,  recorded his 11th win of 2010, tying him with Logan Boutilier for the UCSD single season record...Six of the Tritons' first seven batters singled in the opening frame and O'Brien's squad piled up 14 hits in the contest...Redshirt freshman Danny Susdorf, hot of late, cranked three hits, including a double and a home run, scored a pair and drove in two.

UCSD scored four eighth inning runs to break up a 4-4 tie in beating No. 25 Cal State Dominguez  Hills for the fifth consecutive time, 8-4, in Friday's second game... Susdorf's three-run double was the big blow in the eighth...He had two hits on the day and wound up with four RBIs...The Tritons prevailed despite a somewhat rocky outing for CCAA Pitcher of the Year Matt Rossman who gutted out five and a third innings while surrendering four runs...Junior Taylor Austin tossed two and two-thirds innings of one-hit relief to net his second win of the year.

The Tritons were unable to make it a clean sweep of the tournament, dropping a 6-3 decision in the first game of Saturday's finals to Dominguez Hills, which came back out of the loser's bracket...The Toros stung starter Guido Knudson for four runs in the third inning and made them stick...UCSD out-hit Dominguez, 9-8, but could not overcome four Toro long balls...The loss forced a second game Saturday for all the marbles and senior right hander Kirby St. John sparkled in the clutch, scattering seven hits in a complete game, 8-3, triumph...The Tritons launched 16 hits, four by first baseman Brandon Gregorich...Left fielder Aaron Bauman and his counterpart in right, Kyle Saul knocked three apiece and scored three times each while Bauman and third baseman Evan Kehoe hit home runs...UCSD scored in the first inning and never trailed...St. John, Shibuya, Gregorich, Lee, Bauman and Susdorf all garnered all-tournament accolades.

Earlier in the week, the 2010 All-CCAA team was announced...UCSD swept the major awards with first baseman Brandon Gregorich named Player of the Year, Rossman Pitcher of the Year and O'Brien gaining his second straight Coach of the Year nod... Joining Gregorich and Rossman on the all-conference first team were shortstop Vance Albitz, Shibuya and outfielders Bauman and Saul...Junior catcher Kellen Lee and St. John were second team choices while Kehoe and fellow junior Grant Bauer received honorable mention recognition...Albitz garnered All-CCAA honors for the fourth year in a row while Shibuya and Kehoe are three-time selections.


The Track & Field team posted an incredible 15 event wins while hosting last weekend's CCAA Championships but were still unable to overcome the distance prowess and depth of Chico State, finishing second to the Wildcats in both the men's and women's divisions ...The runner-up result for the women, where the margin was a mere two-plus points (212.33-209.5), snapped a five-year run by the Tritons atop the CCAA...On the men's side, it was the second straight second place outcome for UCSD but there was drama in the results as the Wildcats had more than double the point total (290.5-140).

There were plenty of bright lights for the Triton women but the trio of senior Christine Merrill and juniors Kelly Fogarty and Stephanie LeFever stood above the crowd...For the second consecutive year, Merrill was tabbed Female Athlete of the Meet after winning three individual events and being part of two victorious relays--all in one day...  Merrill started her individual medal run by winning the 100 hurdles in 13.90, then broke her own school record with a 54.76 clocking in the 400 and closed it out by running away from the field in the 400 intermediate hurdles with a time of 59.13...She teamed with Kathleen Hitchens, Jacqueline Rose and Fogarty to win the days first running event, the 4x100 relay (46.67)... Fogarty, who repeated her 2009 triumphs in the 100 (11.95) and 200 (23.97), the latter erasing her own UCSD standard, got the day off to a sensational start with an electric anchor leg in the 4x100 race, reeling in runners from Cal State L.A. and CSU Dominguez Hills after starting from what looked like an insurmountable deficit...LeFever may have been the revelation of the weekend...On Friday's first day of finals, she upset senior teammate Linda Rainwater to capture the heptathlon (5,161 pts.) and followed that up with an 18-10.5 leap to nab the long jump...Saturday, she landed at 38-9 to win the triple jump (teammate Leah Murphy was second in both jumps) before joining Rose, Fogarty and Merrill as part of the 4x400 gold medal quartet (3:45.27).

Also reaching the top of the podium for the UCSD women were Rainwater who won the high jump (5-7.25) in a jump-off and junior Theresa Richards whose first throw (142-7) proved best in the javelin.

For the men, senior Leon Baham put a fitting cap on his home career by hitting the tape first in the 110 high hurdles (14.80) and 400 intermediate hurdles (52.34) for the second year in a row...While he nipped Cal Poly Pomona's Jake Deavers in a photo finish (.01 seconds) in the high sticks, he was nearly a second and a half in front of Deavers at the wire in the longer race...Sophomore Nick Howe also made it back-to-back titles, copping the javelin with a heave of 208-6, more than 15 feet farther than his nearest competitor... Coach Tony Salerno's men received silver medal performances from senior Fred Cook (hammer/176-8 & shot put/52-8.75), Casey Ryan (high jump/6-11) and Daniel Anderson (800/1:52.36).

Hear post-meet comments from Christine Merrill.
Hear post-meet comments from Kelly Fogarty.
Hear post-meet comments from Stephanie LeFever.
Hear post-meet comments from Leon Baham.

The 15th-ranked Women's Tennis team, which last month captured its seventh consecutive CCAA championship, saw its 2010 season come to an end in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last Wednesday...The Tritons were defeated, 5-1, by host Hawaii Pacific in Oahu, HI...The 11th-ranked Sea Warriors rolled to victories in all three doubles matches and clinched the verdict by winning two of the first three singles encounters...Junior Natalie Varnay, a 6-2, 6-1 winner at No. 2 singles earned the only point for UCSD...Coach Liz LaPlante's club finished the year 13-9 overall.

There turned out to be a big difference between No. 29 and No. 30 last Thursday as Coach Eric Steidlmayer's Men's Tennis team, ranked 30th nationally, was eliminated from the NCAA Division II Tournament in the first round by No. 29 BYU-Hawaii, 5-1... The Seasiders, who had the advantage of playing on their home court in Laie, HI, posted their third win of the year over UCSD by taking two of the three doubles matches and then sweeping Nos. 2-3-4 singles in straight sets...The Tritons' No. 2 doubles squad of Armaun Emami and Austin West snagged the lone point for UCSD with an 8-5 decision...The loss left Steidlmayer's netters 12-11 on the season.

Playing in his second NCAA Division II Central/West Regional Tournament, junior Keith Okasaki turned in a 78-78-76---232 which left him tied for 65th place in the three-day event contested at the Classic Club in Palm Desert...Okasaki finished 18 strokes behind individual medalist Janssen Todd of Sonoma State.

This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, will feature Baseball Coach Dan O'Brien, new Women's Volleyball Coach Ricci Luyties and Christine Merrill (track & field)...The show will be posted Tuesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

The UCSD Men's & Women's Basketball teams will both be participating in the 2010 Disney Division II West Coast Tip-Off Classic, November 12-14, at the Anaheim Convention Center...The men's field will include Alaska-Anchorage, Dixie State and Lewis (IL) while the women's line-up also features Alaska-Anchorage, Grand Canyon and Texas Women's University.

Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Crew finishes its 2010 season this weekend at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships, Saturday on Sacramento's Lake Natoma.

Kirby St. John (baseball) and Nicole Saari (softball) were named to the ESPN the Magazine's District VIII All-Academic team last week.

The 17th annual Triton Athletic Associates Golf Tournament, benefiting UCSD Athletics is slated for Monday, May 24 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club...There are still a few playing slots and tee sponsorships available...Interested parties may contact the UCSD Athletic Dept. at (858) 534-8460...Click here to be linked to a tournament brochure.

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