THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Mon., Feb. 7---Golf---UCSD at Cal State San Marcos Invitational---All Day
Tue., Feb. 8---Golf---UCSD at Cal State San Marcos Invitational---All Day
Tue., Feb. 8---WTennis---UCSD vs. Point Loma---2:00 PM
Thu., Feb. 10---WTennis---UCSD at Arizona Invitational---TBA
Thu., Feb. 10---WBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---5:30 PM
Thu., Feb. 10---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---7:30 PM
Thu., Feb. 10---MVolleyball---UCSD at Pacific---7:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 11---WTennis---UCSD at Arizona Invitational---TBA
Fri., Feb. 11---MTennis---UCSD at Grand Canyon Tournament---Noon
Fri., Feb. 11---Softball---UCSD vs. San Francisco State (DH)---1:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 11---Baseball---UCSD vs. Mesa State---6:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 11---WWater Polo---UCSD vs. Cal State East Bay---6:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 11---MVolleyball---UCSD at Stanford---7:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 12---WTennis---UCSD at Arizona Invitational---TBA
Sat., Feb. 12---MTennis---UCSD at Grand Canyon Tournament---All Day
Sat., Feb. 12---WWater Polo---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---All Day
Sat., Feb. 12---Softball---UCSD vs. San Francisco State (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 12---Track & Field---UCSD hosts Blue/Gold Meet---Noon
Sat., Feb. 12---Baseball---UCSD vs. Mesa State (DH)---Noon
Sat., Feb. 12---Fencing---UCSD hosts UC San Diego Duals---2:45 PM
Sat., Feb. 12---WBasketball---UCSD vs. Chico State---5:30 PM
Sat., Feb. 12---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Chico State---7:30 PM
Sun., Feb. 13---WWater Polo---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---All Day
Sun., Feb. 13---Baseball---UCSD vs. Mesa State---11:00 AM
Sun., Feb. 13---MTennis---UCSD at Grand Canyon Tournament---Noon
MEN'S BASKETBALL CONCLUDES HOME SCHEDULE THURSDAY, SATURDAY
Coming off two hard-fought outings at RIMAC Arena that produced a win and a loss last weekend, Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team (10-12/5-11) will now play their final regular season home games with Cal State Stanislaus (8-12/6-10) and Chico State (11-9/7-9) as adversaries, Thursday and Saturday...Still fighting for the final berth in the eight-team CCAA Championship Tournament, UCSD comes into the Stanislaus game in 11th place but still within one game of eighth...Chico State is seventh and Stanislaus is part of a three-way logjam in eighth.
The Tritons snapped a four-game losing skid last Thursday, gutting out an 87-82 double overtime victory over third place San Francisco State...In a skirmish that saw 22 lead changes, UCSD led, 31-29, at halftime and could have won in regulation had it not missed three of seven free throws in the final 2:08...It was more of the same in the first OT session as the Tritons failed on four consecutive attempts from the charity stripe and let a five-point margin slip away in the last 33 ticks of the clock...Carlson's club quickly fell behind by five in the second extra period but huge treys by Mike Meza and Tyler McGrath and a baseline fall away by freshman James McCann with 18 seconds left finally finished off the Gators...Bright lights abounded...Junior Christian Hatch scored a game high 24 points before fouling out...Sophomore forward Justin Brue was an offensive force, racking up 20 points on 10-of-16 shooting, and senior Casey Ryan collected a double double with 10 points, 20 big rebounds and five assists...McGrath, who hit three from long distance, checked in with 14 points and McCann finished with 11 points and six assists...UCSD owned a whopping advantage on the glass (50-36) and shot 45.5 % from the field on the night.
In front of 3,836 Saturday night, the Tritons laid it all out but came up short, 70-60, vs. Cal State Monterey Bay...UCSD held the Otters to 36.2% shooting, were a plus-8 on the boards and built up a 12-pt. first half lead but could not contain Monterey Bay star Davion Berry (34 pts.) down the stretch...Hatch (20 pts./14 rebounds) and Ryan (19/9) were again stalwarts for UCSD.
Hear Coach Chris Carlson's interview following Saturday night's game with Cal State Monterey Bay.
Hear Coach Chris Carlson's interview following Thursday night's game vs. San Francisco State.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL KNOCKS OFF LEAGUE-LEADING MONTEREY BAY
Coming off perhaps its biggest win of the year, the Women's Basketball team now looks to extend a four-game winning streak when Cal State Stanislaus (11-9/9-7) and Chico State (14-6/11-5) come to town for UCSD's final home series of the season...Coach Charity Elliott's club, now 14-9 overall and 12-4 in CCAA play enters the week fourth in the CCAA standings...Stanislaus and Chico State are tied for sixth and fifth respectively.
Last Thursday, the Tritons turned in a lethargic performance but still came away with their third win in a row, 59-52, over visiting San Francisco State...UCSD led throughout despite being outshot (.419-.385) and out-rebounded (35-30) by the last place Gators...The Tritons did coerce SFSU into 25 turnovers and junior guard Chelsea Carlisle had a 15-pt., eight assist night...Fellow juniors Lauren Freidenberg (11) and Daisy Feder (10) also reached double digits and sophomore Emily Osga pulled down a game high nine boards.
There was nothing lackluster about the Tritons' play Saturday night as they went wire-to-wire in beating first place Cal State Monterey Bay, 58-48...In front of 1,049 at RIMAC Arena, UCSD stifled the No. 25 Otters defensively, holding them to just 28.3% from the field...Carlisle poured in 15 more points to go with four assists and six rebounds and Osga recorded a double double with 10 points and 12 boards...Feder chipped in with 13 points.
Listen to Saturday night's post-game interview with Coach Charity Elliott.
Listen to Saturday night's post-game interview with junior Chelsea Carlisle.
SECOND-RANKED BASEBALL GOES 3-1 IN OPENING SERIES
With three wins under its belt from a season-opening four-game series vs. well-regarded Western Oregon, the No. 2-ranked Baseball team now gears up for the arrival of another D-II foe, Mesa State (CO)...The two teams will lock up four times this weekend, playing a Saturday doubleheader sandwiched between single games Friday night and Sunday afternoon.
Senior Tim Shibuya got the season off on the right track, throttling Western Oregon, 4-1, Friday night with a five-hit, seven strikeout performance over seven innings...The Tritons managed just six hits, two by senior Aaron Bauman, but five errors by the Wolves aided the home team's cause.
Solid pitching continued to be the theme in Saturday's doubleheader as seniors Guido Knudson (7 inn., 2 ER, 7 Ks) and Danny Simmons (7 inn., 3 hits, 4 Ks) smothered WOU, 10-2 and 6-1...Senior catcher Michael Benton, filling in for injured Kellen Lee, rapped three hits, Bauman hit a home run and senior right fielder Kyle Saul drove in three in the game one rout...Simmons didn't allow an earned run while going the distance in the second contest...Danny Susdorf had a pair of knocks and freshman shortstop Garrett Tuck drilled a two-run triple to power the offense.
The Tritons were unable to make it a four-game sweep Sunday, rallying from a six-run deficit before falling, 7-5...Trailing, 7-1, after six and a half, UCSD plated four in the seventh inning and put two runners on in both the eighth and ninth but could not finish the comeback...Tuck had a big day at the plate, going 4-for-4, while Bauman and third baseman Evan Kehoe had two hits each.
Hear Coach Dan O'Brien's Sunday post-game interview.
Hear Friday's post-game comments from senior Tim Shibuya.
TRITON INVITATIONAL NEXT FOR WOMEN'S WATER POLO
After pushing its early season record to 3-2 last week, Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Women's Water Polo team returns to Canyonview Pool Friday to host WWPA foe Cal State East Bay before hosting the 16-team Triton Invitational Saturday and Sunday...In the weekend tourney, the No. 17 Tritons will hook up with 14th-ranked Hartwick (NY) in their first game Saturday morning (8:30 AM)...They will face either UCLA or Santa Clara that afternoon with Sunday's schedule determined by Saturday's results...Click here for the Triton Invitational web page.
Last Friday night, UCSD battled past Long Beach State, 9-8, in its 2011 home debut...In a back-and-forth contest that was tied, 5-5, at halftime, the Tritons got three goals from junior Kirsten Bates and two apiece from seniors Hanalei Crowell and Felicia Orozco... It was still deadlocked at seven in the fourth quarter when freshman Natalie Peng scored bar down to make it 8-7 Tritons with 5:02 on the clock...Long Beach knotted it again with 2:45 remaining but Bates scored the game-winner 28 seconds later on a shot from the left wing that hit water and spun into the far corner after skimming off goalie Kristen Stragier's hand ...The verdict was not assured until junior Kristen Oshtosh made a huge save, her 12th of the game, with 30 seconds left.
Listen to Friday night's interview with Coach Brad Kreutzkamp.
Listen to Friday night's interview with goalie Kristin Oshtosh.
SOFTBALL OPENS CONFERENCE PLAY AFTER STRONG START
Sporting a sparkling, 5-1, record after a packed first weekend of the season, Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball team opens CCAA play this weekend with a four-game home series against San Francisco State (2-3)...The two teams will play doubleheaders Friday and Saturday...UCSD took three-of-four from the Gators last spring.
Pitching powered the Tritons to a season-opening (8-0, 2-1) sweep of Notre Dame de Namur last Friday...Junior Tess Granath fired a six-inning, complete game one-hitter in the opener and running mate Camille Gaito went the distance in a nine-inning marathon in the nightcap, limiting the Argonauts to just four singles...Freshman shortstop Mya Romero went 3-for-3 in the first game, scoring three runs, and All-American centerfielder Kris Lesovsky slugged three hits in game two, including a ninth inning single that scored Dyanna Imoto with the game-winning run.
Granath and Gaito were magic again Saturday as UCSD doubled up Colorado School of Mines, 1-0, 5-1...With two out in the seventh inning of game one, walks to Lesovsky and pinch hitter Nicole Spangler set the table for an RBI single by freshman first sacker Esther Strom...That proved to be all that Granath needed...The righty stopped the Miners on one hit, whiffing seven while walking just one....The Tritons, who got just three hits in the first game, doubled that total in the second, getting half of them in a four-run fourth inning that proved decisive...Meanwhile, Gaito struck out seven in six scoreless frames before freshman Jennifer Manuel came on to close matters out...Romero had two more hits and drove in a pair.
UCSD and Mines split a second doubleheader Sunday, the visitors taking the opener, 1-0, before Gercken's side rebounded to snare game two...The Tritons, unable to take advantage of several offensive opportunities, squandered a six-hit, six strikeout effort by Granath in game one...Senior third baseman Sarah Woofter had two hits for UCSD...The Tritons mustered just four hits, including two more by Woofter, in the second half of the twinbill but scratched out a pair of runs for a 2-1 victory behind Gaito, who picked up her third win of the weekend...Down, 1-0, UCSD parlayed a Woofter single with two Miner errors to score its two markers...Gaito fanned seven and gave up just four hits over seven innings.
Watch Sunday's interview with Head Coach Patti Gerckens.
TWELFTH-RANKED MEN'S VOLLEYBALL MAKES NORCAL TREK
Coach Kevin Ring's young and improving Men's Volleyball team, which has inched up to No. 12 nationally, takes to the road this week, tackling Pacific (5-6) Friday and No. 4 Stanford (8-2) Saturday in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play...UCSD is now 5-7 after splitting a pair of home matches last week.
In a rare Tuesday night outing, the Tritons rebounded from a sluggish start to blast visiting Hope International, 3-0 (25-22, 25-14, 25-22)...With senior setter Phil Bannan dishing out 32 assists, UCSD hit .287 for the evening with sophomore Carl Eberts' eight kills leading the way...Bannan also launched three aces and 6-7 senior Calvin Ross had a solo stuff and four block assists to go with six kills.
The Tritons hit a solid .280 and Eberts ripped 15 kills Friday night but it was not enough to overcome a big blocking Pepperdine squad as UCSD fell, 3-1 (25-22, 18-25, 25-23, 25-22)...The No. 11 Waves had an 11.5-4 edge in the blocking department which helped offset seven Triton aces, three by Bannan...Bannan also piled up 30 assists which elevated the senior lefty's career total to 3,893, erasing Brooks Dierdorff's UCSD record (3,867) set from 2004-2007.
Read the website Q&A with outside hitter Carl Eberts.
MEN'S TENNIS HEADS TO PHOENIX FOLLOWING 2-0 START
Coach Eric Steidlmayer's Men's Tennis team charged out of the gate with a pair of impressive dual victories in the opening weekend of its 2011 season...The Tritons now travel to Phoenix for the three-day Division II Grand Canyon Tournament which starts Friday at noon when they will take on Dallas Baptist...Saturday, UCSD will face Hawaii Pacific (9:00 AM) and host Grand Canyon (6:00 PM) and then close out the trip against Hawaii-Hilo Sunday at noon.
Senior Erik Elliott, playing No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles with partner Austin West, rattled off four wins as UCSD romped past Division III Redlands (8-1) and Division I UC Riverside (6-1) last week...West also finished with four wins playing at No. 5 singles... Junior Chapman Chan, holding down the No. 2 singles slot, rolled to straight set victories in both matches.
ROUGH START WOMEN'S TENNIS
After suffering a 9-0 drubbing at the hands of Azusa Pacific in its 2011 debut, the Women's Tennis team will look to bounce back Tuesday when it hosts crosstown foe Point Loma on UCSD's North Courts...Like the Triton men, the women travel to Phoenix for the Grand Canyon Tournament where they will meet Dallas Baptist (Fri./noon), Hawaii Pacific (Sat./3:00 PM) and Hawaii-Hilo (Sun./noon).
SAN MARCOS TOURNEY FIRST UP FOR GOLF TEAM
Led by senior Keith Okasaki and freshman Jacob Williams, Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team kicks off its spring season today at the Cal State San Marcos Invitational at 6,750-yd., par 72 San Luis Rey Golf Club in Bonsall...The 54-hole event will feature 36 holes today with the 18-hole final round Tuesday.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Women's Basketball Coach Charity Elliott and senior Casey Ryan of the Men's Basketball team...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.
The Men's & Women's Track & Field squads get their first taste of competition Saturday when they tangle with returning alumni at the annual Blue-Gold Meet...The first event is slated for noon.
At distribution time, only the Women's Fencing team results from the Northwestern Duals were available...Coach Heidi Runyan's Tritons went 4-7 over the grueling weekend in Evanston...They recorded wins over Fairleigh Dickinson (21-6), Cleveland State (25-2), Lawrence (21-6) and Detroit (27-0)...Losses came against Northwestern (23-4), Ohio State (22-5), Notre Dame (25-2), Wayne State (14-13), North Carolina (14-13), Temple (21-6) and Princeton (24-3).
Warren College ran off with the winner's trophy at Spirit Night 2011...The annual inter-college spirit competition culminated at Saturday night's basketball doubleheader...It was the first win since 2001 for Warren, which finished nine points ahead of runner-up Roosevelt College...Muir College was third...Click here to access Spirit Night webpage.
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