THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Mon., Feb. 28--- Golf---UCSD at CSUSB Coyote Classic---All Day
Tue., Mar. 1---Golf---UCSD at CSUSB Coyote Classic---All Day
Tue., Mar. 1---MTennis---UCSD vs. Villanova---2:00 PM
Tue., Mar. 1---WBasketball---UCSD vs. Chico State---7:00 PM
Wed., Mar. 2--Softball---UCSD vs. CSU San Bernardino (DH)---1:00 PM
Wed., Mar. 2---WTennis---UCSD at Cal State Fullerton---2:00 PM
Thu., Mar. 3---MTennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles---All Day
Thu., Mar. 3---MTennis---UCSD vs. Claremont---2:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 4---MTennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles---All Day
Fri., Mar. 4---Softball---UCSD vs. Humboldt State (DH)---1:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 4---WTennis---UCSD vs. Villanova---2:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 4---Baseball---UCSD vs. San Francisco State---6:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 4---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. Pacific---7:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 4---WBasketball---UCSD at CCAA Semi-Finals---TBA
Sat., Mar. 5---MTennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles---All Day
Sat., Mar. 5---Crew---UCSD at Long Beach Regatta---7:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 5---Fencing---UCSD at NCAA West Regional---9:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 5---Softball---UCSD vs. Humboldt State (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 5---Track & Field---UCSD hosts San Diego Collegiate Challenge---Noon
Sat., Mar. 5---Baseball---UCSD vs. San Francisco State (DH)---12:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 5---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. Stanford---7:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 5---WBasketball---UCSD at CCAA Final Four---TBA
Sun., Mar. 6---MTennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles---All Day
Sun., Mar. 6---Baseball---UCSD vs. San Francisco State---11:00 AM
Sun., Mar. 6---WTennis---UCSD vs. Rollins---12:00 PM
W-BASKETBALL HOSTS CHICO STATE IN CCAA TOURNEY OPENER TUESDAY
Coming off a 1-1 final week of the regular season, Coach Charity Elliott's Women's Basketball team will be looking to firm up its NCAA post-season resume when it opens up play in the 2011 CCAA Championship Tournament tomorrow night at RIMAC Arena vs. Chico State (15-12)...The Tritons, now 19-10 overall, finished third (17-5) in the conference regular season race, were placed ninth in the latest NCAA West Region rankings and will likely need to win the CCAA Tournament to make the NCAA field...They defeated Chico State both times the two clubs met in the regular season... Tuesday's winner advances to the CCAA semi-finals Friday in Humboldt...The championship clash is Saturday.
The Tritons' eight-game winning streak came to an end Thursday night at Cal Poly Pomona as the host Broncos defeated UCSD for the second time this season, 60-51...Although the nine-point final margin was Cal Poly's largest of the night, the home team never trailed...UCSD was able to tie the game once in each half but could never secure a lead...Junior guard Chelsea Carlisle posted 19 points (five threes), five rebounds and four assists, but the Tritons shot just 39% and turned the ball over 15 times while finishing with a season low scoring output...Forward Lauren Freidenberg and guard Emily Osga pulled down nine boards apiece, but UCSD was minus-5 on the glass and Carlisle was the only double figure scorer.
Elliott found out a lot about her club's resiliency one night later as the Tritons hammered Cal State San Bernardino, 76-50, on the losers' home floor...Freidenberg converted a lay-up off the opening tip and UCSD proceeded to score 12 of the game's first 16 points, setting the tone for the rest of the evening...Up, 37-23, at the break, the Tritons wasted little time re-asserting themselves in the second half, going on an 11-2 run at the outset and never allowing the Coyotes to get within shouting distance the rest of the way...Backcourt mates Carlisle and Osga both had big nights, combining for 27 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists...Freidenberg led all scorers with 18 points and freshman Erin Dautremont knocked down 10...On the night, UCSD shot a resounding 50.9% from the field while limiting San Bernardino to just 33.8%.
BASEBALL BACK HOME FOR FOUR VS. SAN FRANCISCO STATE
Forced to scramble to secure a split in a four-game series at Cal State Monterey Bay last weekend, the No. 1 Baseball team returns to Triton Ballpark to tackle San Francisco State (5-5/0-4) in a four-game set starting Friday night...Coach Dan O'Brien's outfit is now 12-5 overall, 5-3 in the CCAA and has slipped to fifth in the league standings...San Francisco State, which was idle last weekend, is in the conference cellar...UCSD swept a four-game series at SFSU last spring.
In a series re-arranged to fit the weather, UCSD split Saturday's opening doubleheader...Iron man Tim Shibuya collected his fourth win without a defeat, tossing a complete game, five-hitter as the Tritons prevailed, 8-3...UCSD built an early lead but the Otters rallied to make it a two-run situation after seven...Second baseman Blake Tagmyer's second double to lead off the eighth keyed a three-run outburst that effectively iced the verdict... Hitting out of the eight and nine holes, DH Michael Benton and shortstop Garrett Tuck had a double and two singles apiece while Evan Kehoe and Kyle Saul each drove in two...One disastrous inning kept the Tritons from sweeping Saturday...Down, 3-0, Monterey Bay parlayed four hits, a walk, an error and a passed ball into five runs (three earned) against starter Guido Knudson and a 5-3 victory...Knudson allowed just six hits in a seven-inning outing ...UCSD had eight hits, two by Saul, but didn't score in the last six innings...The Tritons had two on with no outs in the ninth but Aaron Bauman was caught stealing third just in front of a Kehoe single...Center fielder Danny Susdorf had a pair of RBIs.
Things looked promising early in Sunday's opener as UCSD raced out to a 4-0 advantage, but Monterey tagged starter Danny Simmons for seven runs and staved off a late Triton tally for an 8-7 triumph...O'Brien & Co. had nine hits, three by Susdorf, who scored once and drove in two...Tuck and Benton whacked two hits each and the former had three RBIs...It was the Tritons rebounding in game two for a 4-3 win to divide the series...Starter Greg Selarz lasted just three innings, two unearned runs hastening his departure...He was picked up by the bullpen, however, as four relievers limited Monterey Bay to two hits and one run over the final four frames...Down, 2-1, in the fourth, UCSD re-acquired the lead on a two-run homer by catcher Kellen Lee...The Otters scored one to deadlock things heading into the seventh... Saul led off with a walk, stole second, went to third on an error and scored on Susdorf's sacrifice fly...Jeff Rauh walked a tightrope in the last half inning but got the save for winner Justin Burns.
SOFTBALL MOVES INTO SECOND PLACE; FACES BIG WEEK
After elevating itself into second place in the CCAA with an 8-1 conference ledger, the 10th-ranked Softball team will face a rugged six-game schedule as it looks to maintain the lofty position this week...First, the Tritons, 14-2 overall, will make up a weekend doubleheader rainout vs. fourth place Cal State San Bernardino (11-5/7-3) this Wednesday...Then, perennial CCAA power Humboldt State (9-6/4-4) visits La Jolla for its regularly-scheduled four-game series Friday and Saturday.
The Tritons swept Cal State San Bernardino, 4-1, 5-2, to open what they thought would be a four-game series Friday...Center fielder Kristyn Lesovsky banged a three-run, walk off homer off the left field foul pole to power UCSD in the first game...Down, 1-0, after five, UCSD evened the ledger in the sixth when Lesovsky roped a leadoff double to center, advanced to third on Taylor Sepulveda's infield single and scored on a suicide squeeze by second baseman Jenn DeFazio...That set the stage for Lesovsky's dramatic finishing blow...Junior Camille Gaito won her eighth straight without a loss in game one, striking out six while going the distance in the circle...The Tritons, who had seven hits in both games, took advantage of some shoddy Coyote defensive play to build a 5-1 lead in the nightcap and then held on with Gaito coming out of the bullpen in relief of winner Tess Granath (5-2)...UCSD again trailed, 1-0, but took the lead in the third when Lesovsky walked and then scored along with Sepulveda who circled the bases on a throwing error by Coyote third sacker Alex Mitchell that went deep into the right field corner...UCSD loaded the bases with one out in the fourth but managed just one run before taking control in the fifth, the big blow a run-scoring double by DeFazio... Freshman shortstop Mya Romero had a pair of hits.
In a single game across town Wednesday, eight different players stroked a hit apiece as UCSD topped Division I USD, 1-0...Freshman Jenn Manuel, in her first collegiate start, Granath and Gaito combined for a five-hit shutout with Granath collecting the win...The Tritons took the lead early as senior Katrin Gabriel singled and came around to score on an infield out...Two insurance runs came across in the top of the seventh as Lesovsky and Romero singled and sophomore pinch hitter Nicole Spangler tripled.
Listen to Friday's post-game interview with Kristyn Lesovsky.
Listen to Friday's post-game interview with Jenn DeFazio.
Read website Q&A with pitcher Camille Gaito.
SPIKERS HOME TO PACIFIC AND STANFORD
Trying to snap a four-match losing streak, Coach Kevin Ring's 13th-ranked Men's Volleyball team returns to RIMAC Arena for a pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) clashes this weekend...The Tritons (6-12/3-9) host No. 15 Pacific (6-9/2-7) Friday and No. 4 Stanford (12-4/9-4) comes to town Saturday...On a recent NorCal swing, UCSD fell, 3-1, to Pacific before stunning Stanford, 3-0.
Last week in Provo, UT, No. 2 Brigham Young, the only MPSF team UCSD has yet to beat, extended the hex it has on the Tritons by sweeping their two-match series...In Thursday's first encounter, UCSD nearly brought an end to the frustration before succumbing, 3-2 (25-22, 25-21, 23-25, 29-31, 15-12)...Sophomore Carl Eberts (.400) and freshman Sebastian Brady (.591) both registered career highs with 17 and 15 kills respectively and senior Joel Davidson let loose with 13...Statistically, the match was virtually a draw and the two squads were tied at 11 in the fifth set before BYU scored four of the last five points to pull away.
It was not nearly that competitive Friday as the Tritons, clearly out of steam, were leveled by the Cougars, 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-22)...UCSD posted numbers similar to the previous night but BYU was able to step it up, hitting .460 and serving eight aces in a match where Ring's club never held the lead...Eberts' nine kills paced the Tritons.
MEN'S BASKETBALL SEASON ENDS WITH NARROW LOSS
A season of near misses for the Men's Basketball team came to an end with a pair of conference road losses that left Coach Chris Carlson's hoopsters with a final mark of 11-17 overall and 6-16...The Tritons placed 11th in the CCAA standings, the very spot predicted by the league's coaches in their pre-season poll.
A 30% first half shooting performance, coupled with Cal Poly Pomona's blazing 62.9% marksmanship over the same 20 minutes, left UCSD in a 14-pt. halftime hole from which it never recovered in a 63-50 loss to the Broncos last Thursday night...Point guard James McCann notched 12 points and four assists for the Tritons and junior forward Christian Hatch added 10 points...Senior Casey Ryan, the CCAA's top rebounder, led UCSD in that department with eight.
Four players, led by Ryan with 17 points and eight rebounds, scored in double digits on Friday, but the Tritons lost, 76-72, at Cal State San Bernardino---their eighth defeat this year by five-or-less points...Down seven at intermission, UCSD carved the deficit to one with 10:31 remaining and were still trailing by just a single point with 2:10 on the clock...But as has happened so many times, the youthful Tritons could not navigate the final hurdle...McCann tallied 13 points, sophomore Justin Brue chipped in with 12 and Tyler McGrath (12) and Mike Meza (9) combined for all 21 UCSD bench points...Hatch, UCSD's leading scorer, had nine points, playing just 19 minutes before fouling out...On a night where the numbers were fairly even, San Bernardino's ability to get to the free throw line (13 more times than UCSD) was key.
WATER POLO CAPS TOUGH WEEKEND WITH WIN OVER CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD
It will be 12 days before Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's 18th-ranked Women's Water Polo team (7-8) faces live competition again and the second-year head man will no doubt have some things he'll be looking to improve after seeing his squad drop three-of-four contests vs. high caliber opposition at last weekend's UC Irvine Invitational...One thing to look forward to is the fact that the Tritons' March 11 foe will be the same Cal State Bakersfield outfit that afforded UCSD its only win at Irvine.
No. 2 USC out-manned UCSD, 14-5, in Saturday morning's tourney opener...The Trojans methodically rolled to leads of 5-1 after one quarter, 8-2 at half and 13-3 through three...Junior Kirsten Bates had two of the Tritons five goals and Allie Taylor, playing the final three periods in the cage, made six saves...Things didn't get any better that afternoon as No. 10 host UC Irvine jumped out to a 4-1 halftime lead and then lowered the boom with six third quarter tallies in an 11-3 runaway.
Sunday started on a downer but ended on a positive note...In the morning, UCSD led after every quarter but the last, dropping a 10-9 heartbreaker to No. 17 UC Davis...The Tritons got three goals from Bates and two apiece from senior Hanalei Crowell and freshman Melissa Bartow but couldn't hang onto an 8-7 lead heading into the final session...It was a reversal of fortune in the tournament finale for the Tritons...After falling behind, 6-4, at halftime, Kreutzkamp's crew exploded for nine second half goals and a 13-10 triumph over Cal State Bakersfield...Bates was again an offensive catalyst, accounting for a three-goal hat trick that was matched by Crowell...Junior Jessica Tran and freshman Leah Gonzales each deposited two in the cage.
MEN'S TENNIS PREPPED FOR BIG HOME WEEK
After taking a well-deserved rest from competitive action last week, Coach Eric Steidlmayer's undefeated (7-0) Men's Tennis team returns to the hard courts with a busy schedule this week...The Tritons will host Division I Villanova Tuesday and Division III Claremont Thursday and also participate in the annual Pacific Coast Doubles Championships...The latter, one of the most prestigious tournaments of its kind, will run Thursday through Sunday at nearby La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.
THREE HOME MATCHES ON TAP FOR WOMEN'S TENNIS
Coach Liz LaPlante's Women's Tennis team will get a taste of high level competition this week when it hosts a trio of matches, the last two at UCSD's North Courts...The Tritons battle a pair of Division I foes---Cal State Fullerton and Villanova---early in the week and then welcome Division II toughie Rollins (FL) on Sunday...UCSD is now 3-3 on the year... One of last week's matches (Sonoma State) was re-scheduled to April 21 due to rain.
Wednesday, Katie Mulloy and Roxy Pourmirzaie played the key roles in propelling UCSD to a narrow, 5-4, victory at Cal State L.A...The duo recorded the Tritons' only doubles point, prevailing, 8-6 at No. 3...Both then came right back to pick up straight set singles wins at No. 5 and 6 respectively...UCSD's fifth and final point came at No. 2 singles where senior Cindy Dao whitewashed Linda Majzlikova, 6-0, 6-0.
MARTENS ADDED TO NCAA SWIMMING ROSTER
When the official 2011 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship field was announced last Tuesday, UCSD added one name to its list of qualifiers as sophomore Olivia Martens earned her way into the 200 butterfly where she joins teammates Alex Henley and Gabby Rossbach... The addition of Martens brings Coach Scott McGihon's total to 13 on the women's side while the UCSD men will be represented by 17 competitors in San Antonio, March 9-12.
TRACK & FIELD HOSTS CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS SATURDAY
In the wake of a successful season-opening outing in the Rossi Relays at Claremont, the Track & Field team makes its home debut Saturday when it hosts the annual San Diego Collegiate Challenge...Both the Triton men and women will be looking to extend a three-year winning streak at this event which is expected to include Cal State San Marcos, Point Loma, USD, San Diego State (women only) and several local junior college squads..
Last Saturday, UCSD returned from Claremont with seven event wins, six on the women's side...Three of the women's winners---Danielle Thu (hammer/193-4), Kelly Fogarty (100/12.00) and Stephanie LeFever (long jump/19-0)---recorded NCAA provisional qualifying marks...Thu, who redshirted last season, won her event by more than 36 ft. and her toss was just five feet shy of the distance she threw in winning the 2009 NCAA Championship...Fogarty teamed with Kathleen Hitchens for a 1-2 finish in the century while LeFever also placed second in the 100 hurdles (14.56)...Senior Theresa Richards was the Tritons' other female individual champ, taking the javelin with a heave of 129-9...The UCSD women also won the 4x100 relay (47.73) and 1,600 sprint medley relay (4:11.12)...Senior Erin Langford was second in the triple jump but earned a fourth NCAA provisional mark, landing at 38-8.75...On the men's side, senior Jesse Morrill copped the only blue ribbon, hitting the tape in the 3,000 at 8:41.49.
FENCERS WIN DUAL IFCSC FOR SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE TIME
For the seventh straight season, both the Men's and Women's Fencing teams ended up atop the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC)...Coach Heidi Runyan's squad clinched the two crowns by routing UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine and Claremont Satudray at Irvine.
Saturday's showing not only put the Tritons in possession of the two overall championships, but left them conference winners in four of the six weapon categories...Led by senior Jon Ott's perfect, 36-0, season record and getting solid back-up from freshmen second and third placers Nick Bartuzik (35-1) and Bryson Abilay (30-6), the UCSD men were No. 1 in sabre...With freshman Brennan Louie (34-2) and soph Alex Lavin (33-3) finishing 1-2 in the individual standings, the Tritons also commanded men's foil...Despite James Galamba (33-3) and Nick McGuinness (29-7) holding the top two positions, UCSD placed third in men's foil.
On the women's side, Runyan's charges collected top honors in both epee and sabre... Senior Amy Bianchini (1st/35-1) and junior Casey Gillcrist (3rd/31-5) dominated sabre while the freshman-sophomore duo of Munira Gesner (34-2) and Alexandra Stanley (33-3) were 2-3 in sabre...Rose Forcier (3rd/31-5) was UCSD's best foil finisher...NCAA West Regionals, this Saturday in Colorado Springs, are next up for the Tritons.
COYOTE CLASSIC ON TAP FOR TRITON LINKSTERS
The Golf team will tee it up today and tomorrow in Cal State San Bernardino's annual Coyote Classic, a 54-hole test at Arrowhead Country Club...Eighteen teams are expected to play 36 holes today and a final 18 Tuesday...The possibility of delays due to cold weather (frost) may force some adjustments to the playing schedule...On the heels of a sixth place performance at the Cal State Bakersfield Invitational two weeks ago, Coach Mike Wydra will send out Keith Okasaki, Jacob Williams, Lewis Simon, Anubhav Rastogi and David Smith in this week's affair.
TRITON CREWS DEBUT SATURDAY
The Triton Men's and Women's Rowing teams will both open their spring seasons Saturday at the traditional season-opening Long Beach Regatta...There, they will engage with Long Beach State, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara...On the original schedule for Coach Zach Johnson's men, the Long Beach encounter was a last minute add for the UCSD women who were originally figuring to travel to Tempe, AZ for the Desert Sprints but the competition came up lacking.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Baseball Coach Dan O'Brien, as well as All-American swimmer Alex Henley...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.
The 18th annual Triton Athletic Associates Golf Tournament is slated for Monday, June 13 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club...Click here for a downloadable tournament brochure.
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Tuesday, March 11
M Golf vs. Day Two
M Tennis vs. Western New Mexico
UC San Diego
W Tennis vs. Western New Mexico
UC San Diego
M Crew at Gonzaga/Santa Clara/UC Davis
W Crew at Sacramento State Invitational
W Water Polo at Princeton