THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Mon., Feb. 14---Golf---UCSD at Cal State Bakersfield Invitational---All Day
Tues., Feb. 15---Golf---UCSD at Cal State Bakersfield Invitational---All Day
Wed., Feb. 16---Swim/Dive---UCSD at PCSC Championships---All Day
Thu., Feb. 17---Swim/Dive---UCSD at PCSC Championships---All Day
Thur., Feb. 17---MTennis---UCSD at Azusa Pacific---1:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 18---Swim/Dive---UCSD at PCSC Championships---All Day
Fri., Feb. 18---Softball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---Noon
Fri., Feb. 18---WBasketball---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills---5:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 18---WWater Polo---UCSD vs. Loyola Marymount---6:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 18---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State East Bay---6:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 18---MBasketball---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills---7:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 18---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. Long Beach State---7:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 19---MCrew---UCSD vs. Orange Coast College---8:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 19---WTennis---UCSD vs. Claremont---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 19---Softball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 19---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State East Bay---Noon
Sat., Feb. 19---WBasketball---UCSD at Cal State LA---5:30 PM
Sat., Feb. 19---MBasketball---UCSD at Cal State LA---7:30 PM
Sat., Feb. 19---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State Northridge---7:00 PM
Sun., Feb. 20---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State East Bay---11:00 AM
BASEBALL SWEEPS MESA STATE; CCAA TITLE DEFENSE STARTS FRIDAY
Coach Dan O'Brien's second-ranked and two-time defending CCAA Champion Baseball team makes its 2011 conference debut this weekend, hosting Cal State East Bay (2-4) for a four-game series that starts Friday night, continues with a Saturday twinbill and concludes with a singleton Sunday...UCSD, now 7-1, is coming off an impressive four-game sweep of No. 17 Mesa State last weekend.
Senior righthander Tim Shibuya got the Tritons off on the right foot vs. Mesa State, fanning eight while tossing six shutout innings in a 6-0 victory...Shibuya got plenty of help as UCSD piled up 13 hits, three by center fielder Danny Susdorf, who also scored two and drove in one...Corner outfielders Kyle Saul (two runs scored) and Aaron Bauman had a pair of knocks apiece, as did second baseman Blake Tagmyer...The Tritons got all the run production they needed in a three-run first inning.
UCSD had to go 11 innings to capture game one of Saturday's doubleheader, finally prevailing, 3-2, when redshirt freshman Jonah Northrop singled home Saul with the game-winner...Junior Elias Tuma got the win, hurling four sterling frames out of the bullpen, giving up just one hit and one unearned run...Ironically, it was two fielding errors in the top of the ninth, by a UCSD team that has been the No. 1 Division II defensive team in the nation two years running, that forced extra innings...Those lapses cost senior starter Guido Knudson (7 inn., 1 run, 7 K's) his second win of the year...A three-run fifth inning and the dominant pitching of senior right hander Danny Simmons carried the day in Saturday's nightcap...Simmons struck out seven and gave up just two hits while racking up his second W of the season...The Tritons had just five hits themselves but got the big one they needed when senior third sacker Evan Kehoe cleared the bases with a three-run double in the fifth...First baseman Nick Hom had a single and a triple.
Tagmyer had a single, triple and a home run, scored three and drove in two Sunday as the Tritons survived a shaky ninth inning for a 7-6 win that sent Mesa back to Grand Junction with four defeats...UCSD built a 7-1 lead but lost all but one run of it in the eighth and ninth innings as the Mavericks clawed back and actually had the winning run 90 feet from home with one out...O'Brien got a high quality start from junior transfer Greg Selarz who departed after six and two-thirds innings having given up a solitary run and seven hits...Tuma, the last of seven Triton hurlers got the final out and the save.
Watch Coach Dan O'Brien's Sunday post-game interview.
Watch Blake Tagmyer's Sunday post-game interview.
Read the website Q&A with senior pitcher Tim Shibuya.
SWIMMING & DIVING SHOOTS FOR DUAL REPEAT AT CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Coach Scott McGihon's Swimming & Diving teams will be looking for a repeat of last year's routine when they head to Long Beach for the 2011 Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference (PCSC) Championships, Wednesday through Saturday at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool...McGihon's charges claimed their second straight team titles in both the men's and women's divisions last February.
The Tritons enter the meet with five men and 10 women automatically qualified for the 2011 NCAA Division II Championships, set for March 9-12 in San Antonio, TX.
MEN'S BASKETBALL TRIES TO REBOUND ON ROAD
Hoping to close a frustrating campaign on a high note, the Men's Basketball team begins a four-game season-ending road trek this weekend in Los Angeles where it will hook up with second place Cal State Dominguez Hills (19-3/15-3) and sixth place Cal State L.A. (12-10/8-10) in a pair of CCAA match-ups...UCSD goes into the Dominguez Hills clash at 10-14 overall and 5-13 in conference play after letting two tight home games slip through their fingers last week.
In a contest where neither team was ever up by more than eight points and UCSD forged a one-point lead on a Christian Hatch lay-up with 1:26 to go, the Tritons were unable to seal the deal, watching visiting Cal State Stanislaus hit a field goal and six free throws in a row to steal a 71-66 victory Thursday night...Hatch had a career best 28 points, canning 11-of-16 shots, but second-leading scorer senior Casey Ryan was limited to just two although he did top both teams with 11 rebounds...Freshman point guard James McCann recorded 10 points, six at the free throw line.
It was a similar tale Saturday night at RIMAC Arena where UCSD was dealt a 60-56 defeat by Chico State...The Tritons had the edge most of the evening but the Wildcats stayed close and grabbed the lead for good with 10:58 to go...Chico pushed the margin to eight points but a driving lay-up by Ryan brought the surging Tritons to within one with 29 ticks remaining...A pair of Wildcat free throws put the lead back to three and UCSD's subsequent possession and the game ended with a turnover...It was another aggravating result as both clubs were 21-of-48 (.438) from the field, UCSD owned a 33-26 edge on the glass and the turnovers were nearly even...Hatch produced a double double with 16 points and 11 rebounds and Ryan, in the final home game of his career, put up 16 points, hauled down seven boards and handed out four assists...Sophomore Justin Brue accounted for 10 points.
Hear Coach Chris Carlson's post-game comments following Saturday night's game vs. Chico State.
WOMEN CAGERS MOVE INTO THIRD AS WIN STREAK HITS SIX
Coach Charity Elliott's Women's Basketball team takes a six-game winning streak with it as it heads out on the road for the final four games of the 2011 CCAA regular season schedule, starting Friday night at Cal State Dominguez Hills (3-19/3-15)...The Tritons visit Cal State L.A. (6-16/3-15) the following night...UCSD, which is coming off a 4-0 home stand, is now 16-9 overall, 14-4 in conference action, two games behind second place Cal State Monterey Bay and just two and a half from league-leading Cal Poly Pomona in the CCAA standings...The Tritons appear to be in good position to earn a first round home game in the conference tournament and a strong finish might put them in the NCAA Division II Playoff picture.
Despite a significant drop in energy from the previous Saturday's emotional win over Cal State Monterey Bay, UCSD managed to outpoint visiting Cal State Stanislaus, 76-68, last Thursday night...The Tritons trailed through much of the first half but a 13-2 spurt early in the second half, ignited by back-to-back treys from juniors Chelsea Carlisle and Daisy Feder, gave UCSD an 11-pt. advantage...Stanislaus was twice able to draw even but never again led as the Tritons closed it out by draining 11 of their final 12 free throws, the last six by Feder...Carlisle wound up with a team high 19 points and five assists and junior forward Lauren Freidenberg enjoyed a 14-pt. (6-for-9), seven-rebound outing...UCSD was plus-four in the rebound column and likely won the game at the charity stripe, knocking down 27-of-32.
After leading by 16 with 8:19 to go, the Tritons had to hold off pesky Chico State for their sixth consecutive win, a 71-60 triumph, Saturday night...UCSD dominated the first half, shooting a torrid 60% from the field and 63.6% from beyond the arc...Elliott's club out-rebounded Chico by nine but after cooling off considerably in the second 20 minutes let the game get much closer than they might have liked as the Wildcats cut the margin to five (with 1:13 remaining) before finally capitulating...Carlisle rang up 17 points and backcourt running mate Emily Osga posted a double double with 14 points and 11 rebounds (eight on the offensive end)...Freidenberg chipped in with eight points and nine boards.
Hear Coach Charity Elliott's post-game interview following Saturday's game vs. Chico State.
FOUR GAME SWEEP RUNS SOFTBALL RECORD TO 9-1
Off to its best start since 2002, Coach Patti Gerckens' 9-1 Softball team takes to the road for the first time this season when it squares off against defending CCAA regular season champion Cal State Monterey Bay (2-8/0-4) in a four-game series this weekend...Last week, UCSD opened its conference season on a high note, sweeping four from San Francisco State which leaves the Tritons in a three-way tie for first with Cal State San Bernardino and Sonoma State.
Gerckens & Co. opened CCAA play with a bang Friday, sweeping San Francisco State, 8-0 and 7-3...Five was the big number in the opener as the game went just five-innings (mercy rule), junior Camille Gaito surrendered just five hits while cruising to her fourth victory and most significantly, the visiting Gators made five errors which led to five unearned runs for UCSD...Senior Kris Lesovsky and freshman Taylor Sepulveda, hitting out of the top two slots in the order, had a hit and scored two runs apiece while combining for three of the Tritons' five stolen bases...UCSD swatted eight hits in the nightcap with first baseman Jenn DeFazio and second sacker Mya Romero picking up two each (both had one of the Tritons' four doubles and DeFazio had a pair of RBIs)...The blue and gold put the contest away in the sixth, plating four runs to break up a 3-3 tie...Tess Granath went the distance in the circle for her third win.
The good times continued Saturday as the Tritons took another pair from SFSU, 7-3 and 2-0...UCSD rapped 12 hits and stole four bases while taking control from the first inning of game one...Freshman first baseman Esther Strom singled, doubled and drove in two and seniors Katrin Gabriel (two hits) and DeFazio (two RBIs) were also big offensive contributors...Granath secured her fourth victory with relief help from Gaito...The getaway game was all Gaito as the Triton ace shut the Gators out on two hits while moving to 5-0...The UCSD bats accounted for just two hits in this one but were again the beneficiaries of SFSU defensive largesse...Both tallies came across the plate in the fourth when an outfield error on a ball hit by Strom allowed freshmen Sepulveda and Romero to score unearned runs.
Listen to Coach Patti Gercken's post-game interview following Saturday's doubleheader sweep of SFSU.
SPIKERS ROUT NO. 4 STANFORD; LONG BEACH STATE HERE FRIDAY
Still searching for consistency but displaying plenty of potential, Coach Kevin Ring's Men's Volleyball squad returns to the friendly confines of RIMAC Arena this weekend to tangle with No. 2 Long Beach State (6-4/5-2) Friday and Cal State Northridge (3-9/2-5) Saturday...Ring's crew is 6-8 overall and 3-5 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) action after splitting a two-game road trip last week.
In Stockton last Thursday, the Tritons saw a six-match win streak against Pacific snapped as the host Tigers posted a 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 23-25, 25-21) victory...The two most telling numbers on this night were Pacific's .333 hitting percentage and the home team's whopping, 17.5-7.5, edge in the blocking stats...UCSD's senior setter Phil Bannan distributed 39 assists, dug six balls and served up a pair of aces...Offensively, junior Shane Veiga pounded 12 kills (.346 pct.) and had five block assists while sophomore Carl Eberts matched Veiga's kill total and had two aces.
Ring's spikers showed great resiliency in rallying the next night to stun defending NCAA champion and fourth-ranked Stanford, 3-0 (25-18, 30-28, 25-16 ) in Palo Alto...UCSD, which hit a season best .477 for the night, put together a 12-6 run to close out the first set and grabbed the lead for the first time at 24-23 in a hard-fought second stanza that was culminated by a pair of kills from senior middle blocker Calvin Ross...In the clinching third game, the Tritons got up early and never let the Cardinal back into the fray...Eberts hit a sizzling .522 while hammering a match high 15 kills and Veiga knocked down 11...Bannan, handling all the setting chores, dished out 42 assists as every Triton starter hit .400 or better...With Bannan and freshman Sebastian Brady leading the way, UCSD out-blocked Stanford, 10-3. NO. 5 LMU NEXT UP AFTER UP-AND-DOWN WATER POLO WEEKEND
Coming off a 2-2 performance in the 16-team Triton Invitational last weekend, Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's No. 17 Women's Water Polo team returns to Canyonview Pool this Friday to challenge defending WWPA champion Loyola Marymount (7-2), the country's No. 5 team...The Tritons come in with a 6-4 overall mark...They lost both encounters with LMU last season, the second a 13-10 decision in the WWPA Championship game.
UCSD went 3-2 overall last week, the first win coming Friday against WWPA foe Cal State East Bay, 8-6...Including one penalty shot and one goal coming just as the teams were coming even, UCSD essentially scored seven of its eight goals in man-up situations...Senior Hanalei Crowell and junior Kirsten Bates scored two goals apiece and accounted for the squad's final two markers (both 6-on-5's) after the Pioneers had tied things at six-all.
In Saturday morning's Invitational opener, the Tritons turned in perhaps their poorest performance of the year and paid for it, absorbing an 11-4 drubbing from No. 14 Hartwick...It was still a two-goal affair (5-3) at halftime but the Hawks turned up the heat in the third period, outscoring UCSD, 5-1, to turn the lights out...Crowell scored twice for Kreutzkamp's club...While game two Saturday was not a masterpiece, four goals from Crowell (two on penalty shots) and three each by Bates and junior Jessica Tran lifted the Tritons to a 12-10 triumph over another WWPA rival, Santa Clara...UCSD led all the way in this one, going up, 3-1, after one quarter and keeping the Broncos at bay thereafter.
Sunday morning, UCSD was a much-improved side, displaying an energy that was missing the previous day in squashing Eastern invader Maryland, 9-5...The Tritons blew it open early, out-scoring the Terps, 7-3, in the first half with five of the goals coming in extra man scenarios...Crowell and fellow senior Felicia Orozco delivered three goals apiece and freshman Natalie Peng added a deuce...Kristen Oshtosh turned away 10 shots in the cage...The tourney ended on a sour note as UCSD turned in an uneven effort, falling, 12-7, to UC Santa Barbara...The Gauchos got the jump early and had the Tritons down 6-3 at intermission and 10-5 after three periods...Freshmen Melissa Bartow and Leah Gonzales each recorded two goals for UCSD.
Listen to Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's post-tournament interview Sunday.
MEN'S TENNIS STAYS UNDEFEATED WITH BIG WEEKEND SHOWING
Now 6-0 on the young season after sweeping four tough Division II matches at the Grand Canyon Invitational in Glendale, AZ, Coach Eric Steidlmayer's Men's Tennis team will slow down the quantity but not the quality of its matches this week...UCSD, ranked 31st nationally heading into last week's action, travels to Azusa Pacific Thursday to test the always-tough Cougars.
UCSD kicked off the tournament in Arizona with a resounding, 9-0, rout of Dallas Baptist...Erik Elliott, Chapman Chan, Sam Ling, Junya Yoshida, Vincent Nguyen and Austin West, in slots one-through-six, all cruised to straight set victories and the doubles duos of Elliott-West, Chan-Devin Sousa and Armaun Emami-Jason Wall raced through their Patriot adversaries...Saturday, the Tritons claimed a pair of wins, upsetting No. 11 Hawaii Pacific, 5-4, and then edging host Grand Canyon by the same number...The Elliott-West and Emami-Wall combos won doubles outings in both matches and UCSD got singles victories from six different players over the course of the day...Steidlmayer's crew concluded its stay in Arizona with a 6-3 verdict vs. Hawaii-Hilo...After falling behind, 2-1, in doubles, UCSD bounced back to snag five-of-six singles contests...Elliott and Chan swept at Nos. 1-2 while Nguyen (No. 3), Max Jiganti (No. 4) and Maxence Dutreix (No. 6) each went three sets, each of the trio recovering from first set losses before prevailing.
WOMEN'S TENNIS GOES 2-1 IN ARIZONA; FACES CLAREMONT AT HOME SATURDAY
Coming off a busy four-match in six days schedule, Coach Liz LaPlante's 14th-ranked Women's Tennis team slows it down this week with a single dual match, Saturday against Division III Claremont at UCSD 's North Courts...The Tritons went 2-2 last week and are now 2-3 for the season.
UCSD opened last week by dropping a 6-3 decision at home against Point Loma Tuesday...Senior Cindy Dao gutted out a three-set (4-6, 7-5, 10-8) win at No. 2 singles and newcomer Haley Perrotte claimed a straight set triumph at No. 3...The No. 3 doubles tandem of Roxy Pourmirzaie and Tara Vanootegham got the final point for UCSD.
LaPlante's netters opened a three-day excursion to Glendale, AZ for the Grand Canyon Invitational with a 5-4 nailbiter over D-II opponent Dallas Baptist Friday...After falling behind, 2-1, in doubles, the Tritons pulled even with straight set singles victories from Taskeen Bains and Jacquelyn Davis and a 10-5 tiebreaker win by junior Samantha Yeung...That set the stage for a 6-4, 6-4 clinching win by Dao...Things were not so rosy for the Tritons Saturday as Bains' and freshman Haley Perrotte's, 8-6, conquest at No. 1 doubles proved to be the only point UCSD could muster in an 8-1 loss to No. 14 Hawaii Pacific...Bains, Davis, Dao, Yeung and Katie Mulloy all registered 2-0 singles victories as UCSD recovered in fine fashion to blast Hawaii-Hilo, 9-0, in Sunday's GCU tourney finale.
GOLFERS AIM FOR IMPROVEMENT AT CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD INVITATIONAL
A final round 290 lifted the Golf team into an 11th place finish at the Cougar Invitational, hosted by Cal State San Marcos at San Luis Rey Downs last Monday and Tuesday... Coach Mike Wydra's squad recorded a 920 (+56) for 54 holes over the par 72 layout in Bonsall...Senior Keith Okasaki was the low-scoring individual for the Tritons, carding a 70 for the final 18 to finish tied for 18th at nine over 225...Five strokes back of Okasaki was freshman Lewis Simon (T33rd/229)...Next in line for UCSD were two more freshmen---Jacob Williams (T46th/233) and David Smith (T52nd/235)...The Tritons' 290 in the third round was the second best single round team score in the tourney which was won by Holy Names...UCSD now travels to Central California for the Cal State Bakersfield Invitational, today and Tuesday at Seven Oaks Country Club.
FENCERS DOMINATE UC IRVINE, ARIZONA STATE
Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team put on a display of its power within the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC), blitzing conference rivals UCI Irvine and Arizona State Saturday in UCSD's Main Gym...The Triton men, behind a dominant sabre squad which included Jonathan Ott (6-0), Nicholas Bartuzik (6-0), Bryson Abilay (5-1) and James Galamba (5-1), whipped UCI, 26-0, and Arizona State, 18-9...The women tattoed Irvine, 26-1, and put away ASU, 17-10...Sabre specialists Munira Gesner (5-1) and Alexandra Stanley (5-1) starred for UCSD along with foilist Jia Jie Wu who also went 5-1 on the afternoon.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Baseball Coach Dan O'Brien, Men's Basketball Coach Chris Carlson and star outfielder Kristyn Lesovsky of the Triton Softball team...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.
More than 100 alumni participated in Track & Field's annual Blue-Gold Meet Saturday...Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner will send their charges out for real, Feb. 26 at Claremont's Rossi Relays.
The 18th annual Triton Athletic Associates Golf Tournament returns to Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Monday, June 13...Proceeds from the tourney, which typically sells out, benefit the UC San Diego Athletic program...Click here for a pdf of the tournament brochure and entry form...For more information call (858) 534-8460.
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