THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Mon., May 24---Baseball---UCSD at NCAA D-II Championships---4:00 PM (PDT)
Thu., May 27---Track & Field---UCSD at NCAA D-II Championships---All Day
Fri., May 28---Track & Field---UCSD at NCAA D-II Championships---All Day
Sat., May 29---Track & Field---UCSD at NCAA D-II Championships---All Day
BASEBALL WINS TENSE NCAA OPENER; GAME TWO TONIGHT
Coach Dan O'Brien's No. 1-ranked Baseball team, CCAA regular season and tournament champions and top dog in the NCAA West Region, had to scratch and claw its way through the first game of the NCAA Division II College World Series at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, NC...But the Tritons (52-7) ultimately emerged victorious (see below) which means tonight they will face No. 3 Central Missouri in a winner's bracket contest scheduled to start at 4:00 PM Pacific time...The Mules were a 3-0 winner Saturday over No. 2 Tampa...The team prevailing in tonight's match-up will play Thursday at 4:00 PM PST with the loser coming back Wednesday at noon PST...The championship game of the eight-team double elimination tourney will be played Saturday at 9:00 AM PST and carried live on CBS College TV.
A two-out single by second baseman Grant Bauer scored Evan Kehoe from second and sank No. 4 Georgia State & College, 3-2, in the Saturday's first round of the NCAA Championships...Bauer, hitless in his previous three at-bats, made a winner out of starter Tim Shibuya (13-2) who went the distance on the mound for the Tritons after waiting out a rain delay of more than two hours...It also turned the Bobcats' Martin DeWald into a hard-luck loser after a classic pitcher's duel that saw both teams muster just eight hits...Shibuya had a rocky sixth inning, giving up five hits and both Georgia State runs but recovered to surrender just one hit over the final three frames while facing only 10 batters...Batting in the 1-2 slots, senior Vance Albitz and junior Kyle Saul accounted for half of UCSD's offense with Albitz scoring the first two runs and Saul driving him in each time...In the ninth, Kehoe reached base for the second time after being hit by a pitch...Pinch hitter Chris Fung moved him to second with a sacrifice, setting the stage for Bauer's moment.
Earlier in the week, six Tritons were named to the Daktronics Division II All-American team...Five--catcher Kellen Lee, shortstop Albitz, first baseman Brandon Gregorich and pitchers Shibuya and Matt Rossman were second team choices and left fielder Aaron Bauman was honorable mention...UCSD sophomore reliever Elias Tuma won the NCAA Elite88 award as the student-athlete at the NCAA Baseball Championships with the highest cumulative GPA...Tuma, a cognitive science major, sports a 3.937 GPA.
Watch the online broadcast of UCSD's NCAA game vs. Central Arkansas.
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Hear Coach Dan O'Brien's pre-tournament interview on WRAL in Raleigh, NC.
THIRTEEN TRITONS HEAD TO NCAA TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner will be traveling to Charlotte, NC with 13 student-athletes this week for the 2010 NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships, starting Thursday at Irwin Belk Track Complex...The UCSD women were third at last year's event in San Angelo, TX.
Ahner will have nine competitors on the women's side, including defending national champions Christine Merrill (400 hurdles) and Linda Rainwater (high jump)...Merrill, who earned CCAA Athlete of the Year honors after winning three individual and two relay titles at the conference meet, will be running in both hurdle events and both relays...Due to injuries, Rainwater, who won the NCAA heptathlon crown as a sophomore and was third in that event a year ago, will be relegated to just the high jump this time around.
Junior Stephanie LeFever, who won gold in three CCAA individual events, will be entered in the heptathlon and long jump in Charlotte and will run a leg on the 4x400 relay...Fellow junior Kelly Fogarty, the school record holder and CCAA champion in the 100 and 200, will be in the blocks for both sprints and part of both relay units...Also representing UCSD will be junior Theresa Richards (javelin), junior Marie Archer (hammer) and senior Donna LeFever (pole vault)...Sophomore Jacqueline Rose and freshman Kathleen Hitchens will be running the second and third legs of the 4x100 relay.
Salerno will have four male participants on the NCAA roster and each has a realistic shot at reaching the podium...Junior high jumper Casey, who cleared a UCSD record 7-3.25 earlier this season, was 10th at this meet last year but comes in with the best mark in the country... Sophomore Nick Howe, another school record holder (220-6), should be among the contenders in the javelin and senior Daniel Anderson, whose 1:50.56, set a new Triton standard in the 800, has the same capabilities in the two-lap race...Senior hurdler Leon Baham, CCAA champion in both hurdle races, is sticking to the 400 intermediate sticks at the national meet and comes in with a best time of 52.18 this spring.
THREE SOFTBALL STARS GRAB ALL-REGION STATUS
The Softball trio of senior Nicole Saari, junior Kris Lesovsky and sophomore Camille Gaito continued to rack up the post-season honors last week...All were named first team on the Daktronics All-West Region squad...Center fielder Lesovsky, the club's top offensive performer, and Gaito, the CCAA Pitcher of the Year, were first team choices on the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-West Region lineup while catcher Saari, superb both behind and at the plate, garnered second team recognition.
DAO, BAINS GAIN ALL-CCAA ACCOLADES
To the victors do not always go the spoils it seems...Despite winning its seventh consecutive CCAA championship, the 15th-ranked Women's Tennis team was unable to place any individuals on the seven player All-CCAA singles or three All-CCAA doubles first teams...Juniors Cindy Dao and Taskeen Bains were both accorded second team honors, making it back-to-back years for the latter...Interestingly, conference runner-up Cal State Stanislaus, which lost twice to UCSD, placed four players on the first team singles squad and took two of the three doubles slots.
NEWS & NOTES
UCSD's weekly online radio show, Triton Talk, hosted by Craig Elsten, will take a well-earned "vacation," returning to ucsdtritons.com next week.
The annual Athletics Recognition Dinner will be held Thursday, June 3 in UCSD's Price Center Ballroom...More than 600 are expected to attend...For more information call the UCSD Athletic Dept. at (858) 534-4211.
For more information on Triton sports, check our website at http://ucsdtritons.com.