THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Mon., Mar. 28---Golf---UCSD at Thunderbird Invitational---All Day
Tue., Mar. 29---Golf---UCSD at Thunderbird Invitational---All Day
Thu., Mar. 31---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---6:00 PM
Thu., Mar. 31---MVolleyball---UCSD at UC Santa Barbara---7:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 1---Softball---UCSD at Tournament of Champions---All Day
Fri., Apr. 1---WTennis---UCSD at Sonoma State---2:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 1---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---3:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 1---WWater Polo---UCSD vs. Brown---6:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 1---MVolleyball---UCSD at UCLA---7:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 2---Crew---UCSD at San Diego Crew Classic---All Day
Sat., Apr. 2---Softball---UCSD at Tournament of Champions---All Day
Sat., Apr. 2---WTennis---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---11:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 2---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A. (DH)---Noon
Sat., Apr. 2---Track & Field---UCSD at Mangrum Invitational---TBD
Sun., Apr. 3---Crew---UCSD at San Diego Crew Classic---All Day
Sun., Apr. 3---Softball---UCSD at Tournament of Champions---All Day
Sun., Apr. 3---WTennis---UCSD at UC Davis---11:00 AM
Sun., Apr. 3---WWater Polo---UCSD vs. Fresno Pacific---2:00 PM
Sun., Apr. 3---WWater Polo---UCSD vs. Arizona State---5:00 PM
BASEBALL TAKES 3-OF-4 FROM POMONA; CSULA NEXT
Now 20-8 after taking three-of-four in a home-and-home series against Cal Poly Pomona, Coach Dan O'Brien's eighth-ranked Baseball team meets Cal State Los Angeles (17-11/12-8) for four starting with a pair of single games, Thursday and Friday, in L.A... The two teams come south to La Jolla for a Saturday doubleheader...The Tritons are 13-7 in CCAA play and occupy second place (behind Chico State) in the conference standings...Cal State L.A. is fourth.
UCSD opened the CPP series by winning a pair of high level ball games at home against the Broncos...In the opener, senior Tim Shibuya (6-1) shook off all after effects of his first loss of the season by baffling Cal Poly, 5-2, tossing a complete game, five-hitter while matching his career high with 11 strikeouts...In the process, the Jackson, WY native, who now has a 1.87 ERA, became the Tritons' all-time leader in innings pitched...Senior Evan Kehoe, starting first base for the first time this season, had four hits and his two-run first inning single keyed a three-run outburst that gave UCSD all the scoring it would need...Left fielder Aaron Bauman had three hits, Danny Susdorf and Garrett Tuck two each as the Tritons racked up 14 knocks on the night.
Twenty-four hours later the two teams put on a masterpiece with UCSD again prevailing, tallying a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth, for a 2-1 win...The Tritons got just five hits in the contest but two were ninth inning pinch hits that powered them to victory...Senior Guido Knudson pitched well enough to win, giving up just six hits and one run in eight innings of work, but that one marker in the sixth had Cal Poly Pomona within three outs of a win when Knudson departed...After twice being hit by pitches but being called back to the plate, senior pinch hitter Nick Hom roped a double to left center to open the UCSD half of the ninth, giving the Tritons a leadoff runner on base for the first time in the game...Scott Liske then came off the bench and walked after which Kehoe sacrificed the runners to second and third...Yet another pinch hitter, lefty Blake Tagmyer, then stroked an 0-2 pitch to center field to tie the game...Three batters later, with Bauman at the plate, a passed ball allowed Liske to come home with the game-winning run...Elias Tuma, who threw a scoreless ninth, picked up the win out of the bullpen.
In game one of Saturday's twinbill at Pomona, the two teams had 17 hits apiece but UCSD's last, an 11th-inning solo home run by senior Kyle Saul, was the biggest as the Tritons collected their fifth straight win, 8-7...Saul's dinger was UCSD's fourth of the day, preceded by catcher Kellen Lee's second and third of the season and a solo bomb by Bauman in a four-run first inning...The Tritons squandered their four-run lead as Cal Poly battled back to take the lead itself in the bottom of the fifth...UCSD returned the favor and the two clubs were deadlocked at seven after seven innings, setting the stage for some solid relief pitching and ultimately Saul's decisive blow...Bauman wound up with four hits and Tuma made it back-to-back wins, keeping the Broncos at bay for two-and-a-third innings and elevating his record to 4-0...Cal Poly bounced back to capture the nightcap, 5-1, as Kevin Bosson limited UCSD to four hits...The Tritons got their lone run on a sixth inning Nick LaFace double that scored K.C. Rentfro...Jeff Rauh was the hard-luck loser for UCSD as a key error led to four unearned Bronco runs with two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the fifth.
Listen to Friday night's post-game interview with Head Coach Dan O'Brien.
Listen to Friday night's post-game interview with senior Nick Hom.
Listen to Thursday night's post-game interview with pitcher Tim Shibuya.
Listen to Thursday night's post-game interview with senior Evan Kehoe.
Listen to Thursday night's post-game interview with second baseman Grant Bauer.
SOFTBALL BACK ON FIELD AT TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
It will have been 19 days since the 20th-ranked Softball team has played when Coach Patti Gerckens' club faces Hawaii Pacific (9:00 AM) this Friday in its opener at the Tournament of Champions in Turlock...The Tritons (20-6), coming off finals week, saw torrential rains force cancellation of a scheduled four-game series last weekend in Chico...Later on Friday, UCSD will tangle with Dominican (2:15 PM) and Montana State-Billings (4:15 PM)...Then, Saturday, the Tritons face Western Oregon (11:15 AM) and Grand Canyon (1:30 PM) with Sunday's schedule to be determined by the results of the first five outings.
Statistical leaders for UCSD through the first 26 games include Kris Lesovsky (runs-20 / home runs-3 / walks-26), Esther Strom (avg.-.400), Mya Romero (hits-26 / RBI-17) and Taylor Sepulveda (stolen bases-8) on the offensive side...In the pitching department, junior Camille Gaito is tops with 13 wins, 65 strikeouts and a 0.52 ERA.
MEN'S CREW TAKES ON BIG BOYS AT SAN DIEGO CREW CLASSIC
For the third time in four years, Coach Zach Johnson's varsity eight has received an invitation into the Copley Cup, the premier race at the annual San Diego Crew Classic...The top three boats in each of two Copley Cup heats Saturday will advance to Sunday's final...The Tritons--coxswain Shawn Kuo steering for Edwin Clement, Drew Lawyer, Brandon Gonzalez, Joey Frank, Erik Smith, Brandon Sparks, Justin Gordon and Drew Madden--will be matched up with national power UC Berkeley, Northeastern, Jacksonville and Temple in their heat...Johnson will also be entering two boats in both the junior varsity eight and novice eight.
Click here for more information on the 2011 San Diego Crew Classic.
TRITON WOMEN TO FIELD FIVE BOATS AT S.D. CREW CLASSIC
Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Rowing team will be back in local waters for the first time this spring, sending out five boats in this weekend's San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay...UCSD will field two entries in the Collegiate II/III/Club division and one each in the Collegiate Novice, Novice B and Open races.
Last weekend in Fellsmere, FL, the Tritons got a good taste of where they need to be if they have aspirations of reaching this year's NCAA Division II Championships...Pinkerton knew her youngish outfit, with just-off-the-injured-list senior Denise Kleckner the lone holdover from last spring's varsity eight, would be in tough company with 2010 NCAA qualifiers Florida Tech and Barry lying in wait, but when a third boat, Nova Southeastern, turned out to be the quickest crew on the water, the competition proved particularly difficult...Despite showing progress, the V-8--Kelly Temes, Alyssa Dixon-Word, Kleckner, Jen Burke, Carolyn Belak, Carolyn Baratz, Collette Lefuel and Chelsea Bollinger, coxed by Katrina Kettler--was defeated by all three opponents...The varsity four--coxswain Uyen Hunh, Julie Montes, Tanya Vandervis, Christina Niffenegger and Daisy Orta--rebounded from a Friday loss to Florida Tech to defeat Barry by eight seconds before suffering an 18-second loss to Nova Southeastern which went undefeated in its racing series.
Click here for more information on the 2011 San Diego Crew Classic.
WATER POLO HOME FOR TRIO OF WEEKEND CONTESTS
Looking to generate some momentum heading into the home stretch of the 2011 season, Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Women's Water Polo team (9-14) plays three game at home this weekend, opening Friday night against Ivy League representative Brown at Canyonview Pool...The Tritons will then tangle with Fresno Pacific and eighth-ranked Arizona State in a Sunday doubleheader.
UCSD went to Hawaii last week and emerged 1-2, both losses coming to nationally-ranked opponents...Kreutzkamp's club lost its opener Friday in Honolulu, 10-6, to No. 11 San Diego State...The Tritons had their chances against the Aztecs, leading, 4-3, midway through the second quarter, but a four-goal SDSU swing late in the first half and early in the second left UCSD on the outside looking in...Senior Felicia Orozco and freshman Melissa Bartow registered two goals apiece and freshman Sarah Lizotte scored her first of the season...In the cage, Allie Taylor turned away eight shots...Later that day, No. 5 host Hawaii handled UCSD, 13-4...Junior Kirsten Bates put the Tritons up, 1-0, less than two minutes into the game but Hawaii then rattled off 11 unanswered goals to put things out of reach...Orozco again netted two goals and Lizotte got her second of the day.
The trek to the Islands ended on a bright note as Lizotte collected three goals in a 9-5 victory over WWPA rival Cal State East Bay...Senior Hanalei Crowell and freshman Natalie Peng both scored a pair and Taylor had six more saves in a game where UCSD scored the first five goals to grab and maintain command...The decision lifted the Tritons to 6-1 vs. WWPA foes and secured their hold of second place on the conference table.
V0LLEYBALL UPSETS NO. 3 OHIO STATE, FALLS TO UCLA; ROAD AWAITS
With just five regular season matches remaining, Coach Kevin Ring's Men's Volleyball squad starts a four-match road swing this week, challenging No. 6 UC Santa Barbara (12-10) Thursday and No. 7 UCLA (15-9) Friday...The 14th-ranked Tritons, now 8-16 overall, are coming off a peculiar week that saw them defeat No. 3 Ohio State Thursday but then look uninspired in a loss to UCLA two nights later.
UCSD outhit Ohio State (.244-.240), out-blocked the Buckeyes (16.5-4.0) and blasted 11 aces en route to a 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-22, 28-26) victory...Senior setter Phil Bannan handed out 41 assists and had three aces while sophomore outside hitter Carl Eberts pounded 14 kills (.310) and accounted for two solo blocks and four assists...A 5-1 mid-set run put Ohio State on top for good in game one and the Buckeyes seemed ready to take control of the contest at 17-12 in the second set but the Tritons rebounded and took four of the last five points to even the match...A 12-4 surge in the middle of game three led to a 2-1 UCSD advantage and Ring's spikers were able to bounce back from a 19-15 deficit in the fourth set to claim victory, with senior Joel Davidson scoring two of the final three points and serving for the match winner.
Against UCLA, Eberts had 14 kills and Bannan another 32 assists and four aces, but the Tritons never really seemed to get untracked...UCSD trailed throughout the first set, let a 13-9 game two margin get away in game two and were unable to close out the final session when up, 21-20.
Watch Saturday night's post-match interview with Head Coach Kevin Ring.
Listen to Thursday night's post-match comments from senior setter Phil Bannan.
TRACK & FIELD BACK IN ACTION AT MANGRUM INVITE; FOGARTY DOUBLE RECORD-BREAKER AT CAL/NEVADA
Coming off a solid performance against high caliber competition at last weekend's Cal/Nevada Championships, the Track & Field team heads to North County for Saturday's Mangrum Invitational hosted by Cal State San Marcos...In Claremont, Sunday, Coach Darcy Ahner's Women's team finished eighth at the Cal/Nevada meet, scoring 56 points to earn the top non-Division I ranking in the field...San Diego State won the women's competition with 132 points... Meanwhile, Coach Tony Salerno's men racked up 35 points, good for 10th place in team standings that were led by Long Beach State with 155 points.
Continuing her string of torrid races, Triton senior Kelly Fogarty was front-and-center for UCSD, winning both the 100 (11.65) and 200 (23.63)...Fogarty broke her own school record in both events during Saturday's prelims, clocking 11.52 and 23.56...Also turning in top five finishes for the women were Danielle Thu (2nd/hammer/180-8), Stephanie LeFever (5th/long jump/19-0.5) and Caitlin Meagher (5th/400 hurdles/62.20)...On the men's side, defending NCAA D-II javelin champion Nick Howe won his specialty with a heave of 222-2, just under his career best...The Tritons also got top five outings in the shortest and longest of the distance races with Dustin Harris grabbing fifth in the 800 (1:52.48) and John Svet placing fourth in the 10,000 (32:08.88)...Harris and KaWai Ng (triple jump/47-7.25) both hit NCAA D-II provisional qualifying marks.
NO. 24 MEN'S TENNIS EXTENDS STREAK TO 15 IN A ROW
Picking up right where it left off before its finals break, Coach Eric Steidlmayer's Men's Tennis team routed a pair of Division II rivals at home last week to raise its record to 15-0...The No. 24 Tritons are now idle until April 13 when they return home to face Concordia.
UCSD opened play last week by whitewashing Sonoma State, 9-0, Friday with three easy wins in doubles and six straight set singles triumphs...The next afternoon, the Tritons recorded their second win of the season over Western New Mexico, this one an 8-1 affair...UCSD jumped out 3-0 in doubles as the tandems of Erik Elliot (pictured)/Austin West, Jason Wall/Chapman Chan and Armaun Emami/Max Jiganti all prevailed by two-game margins...Elliott (No. 1) and fellow senior Vincent Nguyen (No. 5) were forced to three sets to win in singles while Chan (No. 2), Junya Yoshida (No. 3) and West (No. 6) needed the minimum two sets to come out on top.
Listen to comments from senior Erik Elliott after Friday's victory over Sonoma State.
NORCAL DUO ON TAB FOR WOMEN'S TENNIS
Coach Liz LaPlante's Women's Tennis team returns from a prolonged layoff with a trip to Northern California this weekend...Now 6-5 on the season, with wins in three of their last four, the Tritons will play for the first time in 20 days when they tackle Sonoma State Friday in Rohnert Park...They move to Turlock Saturday to face Cal State Stanislaus, a team they defeated, 6-3, March 12, in La Jolla...Sunday, LaPlante's netters will finish the trip by squaring off against Division I UC Davis.
OKASAKI LEADS TRITON TO SIXTH AT SoCAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
A third place finish by senior Keith Okasaki paced the Golf team to sixth place in the 14-team Southern California Intercollegiate last week at Mission Viejo Country Club... Coach Mike Wydra's Tritons fired a collective 947 over the 6,794-yd., par 71 layout which left them 32 strokes out of second place...Central Oklahoma (884) topped the D-II field which represented teams from virtually every region of the country.
Okasaki carded a one-over 72 in the opening round, following that with a 76-75 for a 54-hole total of 223, just five strokes behind medalist Colby Shrum of Central Oklahoma... Next in for UCSD was freshman Davis Smith (26th/238), followed by two more freshmen---Lewis Simon (T34/243) and Jacob Williams (T49/249)---and sophomore Anubhav Rastogi (T53/251)...Next up for the Tritons is the Thunderbird Invitational in Phoenix, hosted by Grand Canyon at Palm Valley Country Club.
Read website Q&A with senior Keith Okasaki.
FENCERS FINISH 27TH AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Represented by two fencers, Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team finished 27th overall in the team standings at the 2011 NCAA Championships, hosted last Thursday through Sunday in Columbus, Oh by Ohio State...Freshman Nick Bartuzik placed 21st in men's sabre and senior Jia Wu wound up 24th in women's foil...Notre Dame took the team title...With three fencers competing, UCSD claimed 17th place in 2010.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Softball coach Patti Gerckens, Women's Water Polo Coach Brad Kreutzkamp and senior outfielder Aaron Bauman (baseball)...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.
The 18th annual Triton Athletic Associates Golf Tournament, benefiting the UC San Diego Athletic program, will be held Monday, June 13 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe...For information on foursomes and sponsorship, click here.
For information on this summer's UC San Diego Sports Camps, click here.
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