THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Wed., Feb. 23---WTennis---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---2:00 PM
Wed., Feb. 23---Softball---UCSD at USD (DH)---3:00 PM
Thu., Feb. 24---WBasketball---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---5:30 PM
Thu., Feb. 24---MVolleyball---UCSD at BYU---6:00 PM
Thu., Feb. 24---MBasketball---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---7:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 25---WTennis---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---2:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 25---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---2:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 25---Softball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino (DH)---4:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 25---WBasketball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---5:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 25---MVolleyball---UCSD at BYU---6:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 25---MBasketball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---7:30 PM
Sat., Feb. 26---WWater Polo---UCSD at UC Irvine Invitational---9:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 26---Fencing---UCSD at UC Irvine Duals---10:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 26---Track & Field---UCSD at Rossi Relays---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 26---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 26---WWater Polo---UCSD at UC Irvine Invitational---TBD
Sun., Feb. 27---WWater Polo---UCSD at UC Irvine Invitational---All Day
Sun., Feb. 27---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---11:00 AM
Sun., Feb. 27---Softball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---12:00 PM
ROAD WINS MAKE IT EIGHT STRAIGHT FOR TRITON WOMEN CAGERS
With its winning streak now sitting at eight-in-a-row, Coach Charity Elliott's Women's Basketball team will try push that figure to 10 when it closes out the regular season at Cal Poly Pomona (20-3/17-2) Thursday and Cal State San Bernardino (18-5/14-5) Friday...The Tritons, now 18-9 on the year and 16-4 in the CCAA, are third in the league standings, sandwiched between second place CPP and fourth place CSUSB...Both of this week's rivals out-pointed UCSD in January at RIMAC Arena...All three squads have assured themselves positions in the upcoming CCAA Championship Tournament...UCSD will be hosting a first round game on Tuesday, March 1.
The Tritons rode 53.6% first half shooting and got a big 25-point night from junior Chelsea Carlisle en route to a comfortable, 71-57, road win over Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday night...UCSD built its lead to 18 in the first half and was never seriously threatened by the out-manned Toros, despite hitting just 5-of-19 from outside the arc... Carlisle connected on 7-of-13 from the floor and all 10 of her free throws while also snagging seven rebounds and handing out five assists... Junior Lauren Freidenberg (15) and sophomore Emily Osga (13) also reached double digits in the scoring column, the latter adding six boards and four assists...Freshman Elaina White pulled down a game high eight caroms.
A Megan Perry three-pointer put the Tritons out front six minutes into Saturday night's game at Cal State L.A. and if was off to the races from there as UCSD buried the host Golden Eagles, 71-63, for its eighth consecutive victory...The Tritons, who boasted a 13-point margin at intermission, pushed that to 21 midway through the second half before some shoddy work from the charity stripe allowed L.A. to close the gap in the late stages...Carlisle posted 21 points in what was an otherwise balanced offensive outing for UCSD, which shot 41.4% as a team...Freidenberg's eight rebounds helped the Tritons to a 41-36 edge on the glass and freshman Perry canned three treys on the way to 10 points.
CAGERS CONCLUDE SEASON AT POMONA, SAN BERNARDINO
Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team (11-15/6-14) closes out the regular season on the road this week, visiting defending NCAA D-II champion Cal Poly Pomona (14-9/11-8) and defending CCAA Tournament champion Cal State San Bernardino (14-9/12-7)...The Tritons are 11th in the current CCAA standings and virtually eliminated from contention for a berth in the 2011 CCAA Championship Tournament while Pomona sitting fifth and San Bernardino fourth have punched their post-season tourney tickets.
Sophomore Justin Brue poured in a game high 17 points and freshman point guard James McCann scored five consecutive points late in the second half to lift UCSD to a 61-59 upset of No. 13 Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday night in Carson...The Toros owned the night's biggest lead (10 points) with 12:35 remaining but a trey by sophomore Tyler McGrath and seven points in a row by Brue vaulted UCSD back into the fray...In a contest where the team stats were nearly as close as the final score, McGrath wound up with 13 points and senior Casey Ryan topped both clubs with 11 rebounds and five assists.
The Tritons had every chance to repeat the magic 24 hours later but let a 10-point lead escape in the last 9:15, falling, 64-62 at Cal State L.A...UCSD shot at a robust 48.9% clip from the field and got big nights from Brue (17 pts.) and Ryan (10 pts./15 rebounds)...Junior Christian Hatch had 14 points and three boards, a solid showing but well below the 26 and 13 he posted when the Tritons beat the Golden Eagles in double OT earlier this season at RIMAC Arena...L.A. also out-rebounded UCSD, 33-31, a category where the Tritons were plus-18 in the first meeting... The two opponents were deadlocked 26-all at halftime but UCSD never trailed in the second half until L.A.'s David Norris hit a jumper with 1:22 left...The Tritons had a last chance to tie but Hatch's shot with three seconds to go was off the mark.
MEN, WOMEN "THREE-PEAT" AT PCSC CHAMPIONSHIPS
The third time was definitely the charm for Coach Scott McGihon's Swimming & Diving teams as both the UCSD men and women cruised to their third consecutive Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference (PCSC) titles last week at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach...The Tritons also swept the individual accolades with junior All-American Alex Henley winning Female Swimmer of the Meet honors, senior Sam Duimovich grabbing the matching designation on the men's side and sophomore Tyler Runsten earning Male Diver of the Meet distinction... McGihon was recognized as Coach of the Year for both men and women...With the official field scheduled to be announced Wednesday, UCSD looks to have at least 17 men and a dozen women qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships in San Antonio.
Duimovich won both the 500 freestyle (4:32.67) and 400 individual medley (3:59.25), accounting for two of 10 individual gold medals, as the UCSD men piled up 1,548.5 pts. to finish 162.5 points beyond runner-up Cal Baptist...Junior Nick Korth racked up three titles, touching first in the 200 individual medley (1:50.73), 100 (54.8) and 200 (1:58.52) breaststrokes...Both breaststroke times represented new school records...Also grabbing top spots in their specialties were junior Blake Langland (50 freestyle/20.70), sophomore Adam Rice (100 butterfly/49.82), junior Eric Owens (100 backstroke/49.91), junior Matt Herman (1,650 freestyle/15:44.80) and sophomore Runsten (3 mtr./374.05 pts.)...The men also prevailed in three relays---200 medley (1:30.40), 800 freestyle (6:42.18) and 400 medley (3:20.13).
Henley blazed to three of the Triton women's 10 individual blue ribbons efforts, capturing the 200 (2:02.48) and 400 (4:19.89) individual medleys (she won the latter by nine seconds) as well as the 200 backstroke (1:58.72)...She was also part of three winning relay units...Freshman Gabby Rossbach matched Henley's three wins, taking the 100 (57.11) and 200 (2:04.34) butterfly and the 1,650 freestyle (17:28.45) and two other freshmen---Anji Shakya (500/5:01.90 & 200/1:52.46 freestyles) and Emily Adamczyk (100/1:04.17 & 200/2:14.40 breaststrokes)---were double winners...The Tritons, who outscored runner-up Cal Baptist, 1,635-1,261, swept the five relays---200 medley (1:44.31), 800 freestyle (7:31.06), 200 freestyle (1:34.72), 400 medley (3:57.88) and 400 freestyle (3:27.67).
NO. 1 BASEBALL HITS ROAD AFTER TAKING THREE-OF-FOUR VS. EAST BAY
Successfully dodging the rain to win three-of-four games in its CCAA-opening series from Cal State East Bay last weekend, Coach Dan O'Brien's No. 1-ranked Baseball team now faces the rigors of the road for the first time in 2011 when it travels to Cal State Monterey Bay (3-5) for a four-game set starting Friday afternoon...The Tritons, 10-2 overall, have won their last eight games against Monterey Bay.
In last Saturday's series opener against Cal State East Bay (re-scheduled from Friday due to rain), senior right hander Tim Shibuya handcuffed the Pioneers on one hit over eight innings and junior reliever Elias Tuma handled the ninth in 1-2-3 fashion for a 1-0 UCSD triumph...The Tritons managed just three hits themselves but two, back-to-back doubles by outfielders Aaron Bauman and Danny Susdorf, provided all the run support Shibuya would need...O'Brien received pitching and hitting in Saturday's second game...Senior starter Guido Knudson surrendered only two unearned runs in an eight-inning stint and the Tritons pounded out 11 hits in a 10-4 runaway...UCSD plated two in the first, three more in the second and one in the third to take control from the outset...First baseman Nick Hom cracked three hits, including his first collegiate home run, knocking in three and senior right fielder Kyle Saul singled, doubled and had four RBIs.
Under sunny skies and a wet field Sunday, the Tritons delivered in mixed results, dropping a poorly-played opener, 8-4, before rebounding to claim a 7-2 decision in the nightcap...Game one turned on a four-run Pioneer fourth inning where one of UCSD's errors made two of the runs unearned...The Tritons narrowed the margin to 5-4 after six but couldn't capitalize on several opportunities in the final three frames...Bauman had two hits, one a triple and drove in two while senior Danny Simmons got tagged with his first loss...In game two, the offense, with three apiece from Saul and Susdorf, had 12 knocks and handed starter Greg Selarz a six-run lead...The junior righty didn't allow an unearned run while going five and two-thirds for his second victory...Selarz gutted out a rough fifth inning where two UCSD errors put runners on second and third with no outs, two runs already plated and East Bay threatening to put itself right back in the thick of things...DH K.C. Rentfrow drilled his first HR in the fifth.
See Coach Dan O'Brien's interview following Sunday's doubleheader vs. Cal State East Bay.
See senior Aaron Bauman's interview following Sunday's doubleheader vs. Cal State East Bay.
NO. 11 SOFTBALL HOME FOR FOUR VS. CAL STATE SAN BERNARDINO
After battling Mother Nature and Cal State Monterey Bay in Northern California, Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball team flew back to San Diego with two wins in three games---all played Sunday---leaving one to be rescheduled...The Tritons, who vaulted into the national rankings at No. 11 last week, are now 11-2 overall, 6-1 in conference play and second on the CCAA table... They'll be back at home this weekend to host Cal State San Bernardino (9-3/5-1) for doubleheaders Friday and Sunday...The Coyotes are in third place, half a game behind UCSD in the CCAA race.
After seeing play washed out both Friday and Saturday in Monterey, big innings were the story in Sunday's marathon...UCSD won the first of the three games in dominating fashion, making use of four Otter errors for a 9-0 (5-inning mercy) conquest...Despite getting only five hits, the Tritons chalked up four runs in the third and another five in the fifth to put it away...Junior pitcher Camille Gaito was on top of her game, shutting Monterey out on four hits while whiffing six...Freshman shortstop Mya Romero scored two and drove in a pair...In game two, a five-run Otter second inning kept UCSD from sweeping the series...The critical play was a two-out Triton error that paved the way for four unearned runs and made starter Tess Granath a hard luck, 5-3, loser on the bump...Freshman catcher Caitlin Brown had two of UCSD's six hits...The Tritons bounced back behind Gaito and a freshmen-powered offense to nab the series finale, 6-1...Gaito set the Otters down on six hits while seizing her seventh win without a loss and leaving her ERA at 0.30... Gerckens' crew pounded nine hits, all by freshmen with Romero and left fielder Taylor Sepulveda popping three each...Romero smacked a pair of doubles and drove in three while Sepulveda scored once and drove in two.
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL TO PLAY PAIR AT SECOND-RANKED BYU
It will be No. 2 Brigham Young next on the docket for Coach Kevin Ring's 12th-ranked Men's Volleyball team...The Tritons travel to Provo, UT for back-to-back clashes with the 11-4 Cougars, a team they have been unable to defeat in 33 previous outings...UCSD leaves La Jolla with a 6-10 record (3-7 MPSF) following a pair of home losses last weekend.
The Tritons got off to a quick start last Friday against No. 3 Long Beach State but couldn't sustain the good fortune, falling, 3-1 (21-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-21)...Using tough serving to its advantage, UCSD held the 49ers to a .080 hitting percentage while winning the first set but Long Beach turned things around and ended up out-hitting the Tritons, .319-.231, while racking up 11 blocks to just four for the home team...Carl Eberts (11), Shane Veiga (10) and Sebastian Brady (9) topped the kills column for UCSD with the latter hitting a solid .667... Senior setter Phil Bannan distributed 33 assists and added three aces to run his UCSD career-leading total to 93.
It was nearly an instant replay Saturday night as the Tritons hit a white hot .550 while capturing the first set but then faded offensively in a 3-1 (18-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-23) loss to Cal State Northridge...Eberts accounted for 13 kills and two aces while Bannan delivered set 35 kills and had two aces himself.
Watch Coach Kevin Ring's post-game interview following Saturday's match vs. CSU Northridge.
WOMEN'S POLO FACES NO. 2 USC SATURDAY AT IRVINE TOURNEY
Coach Brad Kreutzkamp takes his 18th-ranked Women's Water Polo team on the road to the UC Irvine Invitational Saturday and Sunday...In an ultra-tough field that features the eight top-ranked squads in the country, the Tritons match up against No. 2 USC in first round action and will play either No. 7 San Diego State or No. 11 UC Irvine Saturday afternoon in the 16-team affair...Sunday's schedule will be determined by Saturday's results.
UCSD is now 6-5 after absorbing a 13-7 defeat at the hands of No. 6 Loyola Marymount last Friday night at Canyonview Pool...The two teams, both undefeated in Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) play coming in, hooked up under cold, rainy conditions and the Tritons' play matched the weather in the first 16 minutes as the Lions ran up a 7-3 lead that they extended to 9-4 early in the third period...UCSD showed some spunk in the second half putting LMU on its heels while narrowing the deficit to just two goals at 9-7...A bizarre Triton turnover in the waning seconds of the third quarter resulted in a Lion penalty shot that made the score 10-7 heading into the fourth and seemed to take the air out of the UCSD comeback campaign...Senior southpaw Felicia Orozco netted three goals and freshman Melissa Bartow had a pair for the home team... Goalie Kristen Ostosh had eight saves, four in the third period as UCSD mounted its comeback bid.
Hear Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's LMU post-game comments.
GOLFERS CAPTURE SIXTH AT BAKERSFIELD TOURNEY
Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team takes a one-week respite following a sixth place finish at last week's Cal State Bakersfield Invitational at Seven Oaks Country Club...The Tritons are back in action Feb.28 at the Coyote Classic, hosted by Cal State San Bernardino at Arrowhead Country Club.
UCSD fired a final round 299, its highest of the 54-hole tourney, last Tuesday but still managed to hang onto sixth place, coming home just one stroke behind fifth place host Cal State Bakersfield in the 11-team event...Freshman Lewis Simon was medalist for the Tritons, carding a three-over par 219 which put him in a tie for 15th place...Next in for Wydra was senior Keith Okasaki who tied for 19th (221)...Rounding out the scorers for UCSD were freshman Jacob Williams (T27/223) and sophomore Anubhav Rastogi (T38/227)...Simon's opening round 71, which was matched by Williams in the second round, was the low 18 for UCSD.
WOMEN'S TENNIS HOSTS SONOMA STATE TUESDAY
Coach Liz LaPlante's Women's Tennis team will try to do something Tuesday, when it hosts Sonoma State, that it couldn't accomplish last Saturday---get in a full match...The Tritons, fighting the weather and an inspired Claremont team, were down, 2-1, after doubles Saturday when a series of downpours finally resulted in cancellation of singles play...No determination has been made as to whether the match will be completed later in the season...The duo of Katie Mulloy and Roxy Pourmirzaie prevailed, 8-6, at No. 3 doubles for UCSD's solitary point.
MEN'S TENNIS STAYS PERFECT WITH WIN OVER AZUSA PACIFIC
Coach Eric Steidlmayer's surging Men's Tennis team, ranked No. 1 in the West Region, will be idle for two weeks after staying unbeaten with a 6-3 decision at perennial NAIA power Azusa Pacific last Thursday...The victory improved the Tritons' season record to 7-0, their best-ever start at the NCAA D-II level...UCSD is back in action March 3 in its home opener vs. Claremont.
After dropping behind, 2-1, in doubles action, Steidlmayer's club collected four straight set singles victories and senior Sam Ling rebounded from a first set loss at No. 4 to post a three-set win...It was Erik Elliot (No. 1), Junya Yoshida (No. 3), Vincent Nguyen (No. 4) and Austin West (No. 5) registering the other singles points with Ling while the duo of Max Jiganti and Devon Sousa earned the lone doubles point, taking an 8-4 verdict at No. 3.
TRACK & FIELD MAKES 2011 DEBUT SATURDAY
Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner send their 2011 Track & Field squad into competition for the first time Saturday at the Claremont's Rossi Relays...It figures to be a bit more than your usual, low-key opener as USC, a number of other regional Division I schools and the bulk of the southern CCAA teams figure to be in attendance...It will be the first opportunity to post national qualifying marks and Salerno and Ahner anticipate coming away with several...Among the top returnees for UCSD are defending NCAA javelin champion Nick Howe, senior sprinter Kelly Fogarty and multi-event standout Stephanie LeFever.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to include interviews with women's basketball coach Charity Elliott and baseball coach Dan O'Brien...The show will be posted at ucsdtritons.com Wednesday afternoon.
On the cold, rough waters of Mission Bay, Coach Zach Johnson put his Men's Crew through its paces Saturday morning in a scrimmage against consistently strong Orange Coast College...The Tritons won all of the "pieces" in preparation for their March 5 season opener in Long Beach, the same weekend Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Crew will debut at the Desert Sprints in Tempe, AZ.
Homecoming 2011 is scheduled for Saturday, October 22. Details will be forthcoming on the UCSD Athletic website.
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