THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Thu., Apr. 7---Track & Field---UCSD at Sun Angel Classic---All Day
Thu., Apr. 7---MVolleyball---UCSD at Cal State Northridge---7:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 8---Track & Field---UCSD at Sun Angel Classic---All Day
Fri., Apr. 8---Softball---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus (DH)---1:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 8---Baseball---UCSD at Sonoma State---3:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 9---Track & Field---UCSD at Sun Angel Classic---All Day
Sat., Apr. 9---WWater Polo---UCSD at Bronco Invitational---All Day
Sat., Apr. 9---MCrew---UCSD at Newport Regatta---7:30 AM
Sat., Apr. 9---WCrew---UCSD at Loyola Marymount---8:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 9---Track & Field---UCSD at Pomona-Pitzer Invitational---10:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 9---Softball---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 9---Baseball---UCSD at Sonoma State (DH)---Noon
Sat., Apr. 9---MVolleyball---UCSD at Long Beach State---7:00 PM
Sun., Apr. 10---WWater Polo---UCSD at Bronco Invitational---All Day
Sun., Apr. 10---Baseball---UCSD at Sonoma State---Noon
STANISLAUS NEXT FOR NO. 16 SOFTBALL AFTER BIG TOURNEY OF CHAMPIONS SHOWING; GAITO, DEFAZIO STAR AS TRITONS GO 6-1
After a huge weekend at the annual Mizuno Tournament of Champions, Coach Patti Gerckens' No. 16 Softball team returns to Turlock Friday to play its first conference games in nearly a month, hooking up with Cal State Stanislaus (18-25/11-17) for a four-game series starting Friday...The Tritons, after going 6-1 and winning the silver bracket of the Tournament of Champions, are now 26-7 overall and 14-5 in CCAA play...They continue to hold a half game lead over Sonoma State in the league standings while Stanislaus occupies eighth place....Since moving to Division II, the record is the best for the Tritons at this juncture of the season and overall best since 1989.
UCSD set the tone for the 22-team tournament early, dominating defending NCAA champion Hawaii Pacific, 5-0, behind a masterful, one-hit performance from junior Camille Gaito...The righty from San Rafael struck out six while out-dueling the Sea Warriors' undefeated starter, Breanne Patton...Both pitchers finished the game 14-1...With two outs and none on, UCSD got three of its six hits in the fifth inning... Coupled with a critical HPU error, those hits resulted in four unearned runs, more than enough for Gaito on this day...Batting in the leadoff slot, senior Kristyn Lesovsky slugged a pair of doubles and plated two.
The Tritons clobbered overmatched Dominican, 11-0 (5 inn.) in Friday's second contest...Lesovsky stayed hot, opening the game with a double, the first of 11 UCSD hits, and ending up with three knocks while scoring and driving in two runs...Designated player Rhiannon Ousley and first baseman Esther Strom both went 2-for-2 with the former collecting three RBIs...Junior hurler Tess Granath struck out eight and gave up just two hits while cruising to her fifth win...UCSD absorbed its only loss of the trip in game No. 3 Friday, as freshman starter Jennifer Manuel was knocked around for four first inning runs by Montana State-Billings in a 5-2 defeat...The Tritons managed just four hits with Sarah Woofter and Dyann Imoto each singling home a run.
UCSD bounced back quickly, upending Western Oregon, 3-1, Saturday morning...Down, 1-0, the Tritons tied it in the fourth when Strom led off with a single and pinch runner Katrin Gabriel came around to score on a single by Woofter...Then, in the bottom of the sixth, two hits, two walks, a wild pitch and three stolen bases added up to two more runs and that was the ballgame...Woofter (two RBIs) and Lesovsky both had a pair of hits as did Manuel, who tossed four one-run innings before giving way to Gaito who collected win No. 15...UCSD ripped 12 hits overall and scored four runs in the seventh inning while throttling Grand Canyon, 9-0, in Saturday's second game...Gaito went the distance, giving up two hits and striking out seven while second sacker Jenn DeFazio popped three hits and drove in three and Lesovsky cracked a pair of doubles, scored twice and drove in two.
That put the Tritons in the championship bracket of the silver division where they promptly disposed of Dixie State, 2-1, as Manuel, a new-found hitting phenom, drove in both runs and DeFazio had two hits and scored a run...Gaito was again superlative, allowing a single run while scattering four hits...In the title tilt, it was a rematch with Montana State-Billings and UCSD needed eight innings to stop the Yellowjackets, 4-3...Granath started and gave up just three hits over four-plus frames but was victimized by a pair of unearned runs and left trailing, 3-0...The Tritons clawed back, narrowing the gap to two in the sixth when Woofter bunted home Gabriel, who was again pinch-running for Strom...In the seventh, UCSD pushed across two more to send it to extra innings...DeFazio and Lesovsky led things off with a single and walk respectively... They were moved up a base by freshman Taylor Sepulveda's sacrifice bunt and then along came Manuel, yet again, pounding a two-run single up the middle to knot the score...The Tritons forged ahead for the first time in the eighth when Woofter, placed on second to start the inning, was sacrificed to third by freshman Mya Romero and crossed the plate on a DeFazio single...Gaito, on in relief of Granath put Montana State down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the eighth for her fifth victory of the tournament and 18th of the season...DeFazio, who posted a .579 average, was named the top hitter in the tournament and Gaito took top pitcher honors...Manuel joined those two on the all-tourney team.
BASEBALL FACES CRITICAL SERIES AT SONOMA STATE
Struggling with a 6-6 record over its last three CCAA series, including a 1-3 mark vs. Cal State L.A. last week, the 10th-ranked Baseball team (21-11/14-10) will look to pick things up this week when it tackles Sonoma State (20-7/13-7) for a four-game set starting this Friday in Rohnert Park...The Tritons, two-time defending CCAA champions, find themselves fourth in the conference standings while Sonoma holds down the No. 2 spot... The top four teams earn berths in the CCAA Championship Tournament, May 12-14, in Stockton.
The CSULA series got off to an ominous start Thursday as the Golden Eagles handed UCSD ace Tim Shibuya the second loss in his last three outings, 5-4...Shibuya fanned 11 in his seven-inning stint but was touched up for 11 hits by the home team, four coming in a three-run third inning...Still, UCSD led, 4-3, until L.A. scored single runs in the fifth and seventh...The Tritons mustered eight hits including a pair of doubles by centerfielder Danny Susdorf and a double by left fielder Aaron Bauman that accounted for two of his three RBIs...In game two Friday, UCSD out-hit the Golden Eagles, 11-9, but a three-run fifth chased Triton starter Guido Knudson and the Tritons never recovered, falling, 7-4... Bauman whacked three hits with leadoff man Kyle Saul and Susdorf accounting for two each...Both of Saul's were two-baggers.
The series shifted to La Jolla for a Saturday doubleheader and the Tritons captured game one, 11-8, in a contest that saw the two teams combine for 30 hits...UCSD led from the third inning on with senior Taylor Austin, seeing his first action of 2011, nabbed the win after giving up just one hit and one run in a three-and-a-third innings out of the bullpen...Susdorf had another big outing at the plate, going 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored...Senior Evan Kehoe slugged a solo home...In the series finale, CSULA starter Gabriel Asakura and the Golden Eagle 'pen allowed the Tritons just five hits in a 3-1 victory for the visitors...Susdorf and Kehoe registered two hits apiece... UCSD starter Jeff Rauh was forced out of the game in the top of the fourth after getting nailed on the elbow by a comebacker.
WATER POLO FACES THREE WWPA FOES AT BRONCO TOURNEY
Still looking to find more consistency in its play, the 20th-ranked Women's Water Polo team will fly to the Bay Area this weekend for the 10-team Bronco (Invitational) 2011, hosted by Santa Clara...The Tritons open Saturday vs. No. 8 San Jose State at 8:00 AM and later that day will battle Santa Clara at 2:40 PM...Sunday's slate includes match-ups with Colorado State (8:00 AM) and Cal State San Bernardino (2:40 PM)...The latter three contests are all against WWPA rivals as the Tritons try to solidify the No. 2 seeding for the April 29-May 1 conference tournament.
The Tritons opened last weekend with a workmanlike, 11-9 triumph over Brown...UCSD, which got four goals from Kirsten Bates and three from fellow junior Katherine Biehle, was in control throughout but three unanswered fourth quarter goals allowed the visitors to tighten the final margin...Allie Taylor stopped 11 shots in the cage.
Sunday, in the first of two afternoon skirmishes, the Tritons had to work harder than anticipated to put away Fresno Pacific, eventually prevailing, 10-8...Experimenting with his lineup early, Coach Brad Kreutzkamp saw his club fall back, 4-1, in the second period before inserting his starters and restoring order...Senior Felicia Orozco and freshmen Melissa Bartow and Sarah Lizotte all tallied twice and goalie Sydney Fitzpatrick had eight saves before being replaced by Taylor...UCSD finished the weekend with an 11-8 loss against No. 9 Arizona State but likely delivered its best overall performance of the three games...Trailing, 3-0, less than six minutes into the game, the Tritons responded to some stern words from Kreutzkamp to score the next two and found themselves just a goal down at 5-4 in the third period...The Sun Devils, who got three power play goals in the second half, pushed the lead up to four late in the third but UCSD refused go away and was out-scored by just one in the final two periods...Bartow and Lizotte again had two goals each.
Listen to Sunday's post-game interview with Head Coach Brad Kreutzkamp.
Listen to Friday night's post-game interview with junior Kirsten Bates.
HISTORIC WEEKEND FOR MEN'S CREW AT SD CREW CLASSIC
Coach Zach Johnson's varsity eight made San Diego Crew Classic history last weekend by becoming the first San Diego-based squad to ever make the grand final of the Copley Cup--finishing fifth in the regatta's premier race Sunday morning, behind only Cal, Stanford, Michigan and Oregon State...Steered by coxswain Shawn Kuo and powered by Edwin Clement, Drew Lawyer, Brandon Gonzalez, Benton Sparks, Erik Smith, Ross Bell, Justin Gordon and Drew Madden, the Tritons earned their way into the final by finishing third in their Saturday heat, vanquishing, among others, eastern invader Northeastern, a unit that finished in the top 10 nationally a year ago...Although it could not be confirmed Sunday, it is likely Johnson's eight was also the first non-Division I eight to ever reach this pinnacle in the Copley Cup.
The varsity eight was one of three UCSD boats that reached the grand final...The JV eight also placed fifth and had most of the same opponents--Cal, Stanford and Oregon State--in front of it...Manning the JV boat were Zach Sharfman, Johny Sutterfield, Joey Frank, Nathan Morgan, Justin Walsh, Ed Yragui, Michael Monrean, Justin Hsu and coxswain Kelly Feldman...The novice eight, although disappointed with its fourth place result, still produced the best-ever UCSD Crew Classic finish in this division...The Tritons head up to Orange County this weekend for the annual Newport Regatta, Saturday at Newport Harbor...There they will clash with USC, UCLA, UC Irvine, USD and Orange Coast College.
Hear post-race comments from Head Coach Zach Johnson.
Hear post-race comments from sophomore Edwin Clement.
WOMEN'S VARSITY EIGHT FIFTH AT CREW CLASSIC
Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Crew found success in a "new home" at last weekend's San Diego Crew Classic, placing fifth in the grand final of the Women's Collegiate Division II/III/Club division Sunday...Clocking 7:42.84 for the 2,000 m., the team of Kelley Temes, Alyssa Dixon-Word, Denise Kleckner, Jen Burke, Carolyn Belak, Caroline Baratz, Collette Lefuel, Chelsea Bollinger and coxswain Katrina Kettler, was just six seconds behind fourth place Central Oklahoma, the only other D-II squad to reach the final six...UCSD's second varsity eight placed third in the petite final of the same division while the novice eight, despite a nice performance in which it finished a mere six seconds behind D-I San Diego State, failed to advance out of its heat after a fifth place finish.
Pinkerton's outfit will be back in action this Saturday when it travels to Los Angeles for a dual meet against Division I Loyola Marymount.
Listen to Sunday comments from Head Coach Pattie Pinkerton.
VOLLEYBALL TOPPLES NO. 5 UCLA; TWO MORE ON ROAD THIS WEEK
Coach Kevin Ring's 12th-ranked Men's Volleyball squad, on the heels of a road split in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play last week, closes up a four-game road swing this week when it goes to Cal State Northridge (Thursday) and Long Beach State (Saturday)...The Tritons are now 9-17 overall and 5-14 in MPSF play.
With all-time assists and aces leader Phil Bannan on the sidelines with an injury, the Tritons were swept aside, 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-17) by No. 8 UC Santa Barbara last Thursday...Backup setter, freshman Mike Brunsting handed out 21 assists but the UCSD offense sputtered, hitting just .075 for the night, .300 below the hosts...Junior Shane Veiga topped the Tritons with eight kills.
The latest twist in an unpredictable season saw the Tritons rebound from the UCSB defeat to shock No. 5 UCLA, 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-22) on the road the next night...Still at the controls, Brunsting this time dished out 31 assists but had UCSD hitting a robust .329 compared to UCLA's .105...Freshman Nick Iorfino had a personal high 11 kills and sophomore Carl Eberts chipped in with 10 as the Tritons led for virtually the entire match and closed out the three sets with runs of 6-3, 7-2, 5-3...UCSD also outblocked the Bruins, 11.0-7.5.
TRITONS RACK UP 10 WINS AT MANGRUM; LeFEVER SETS MARK
Senior Stephanie LeFever's school record (20 ft., 1 inch) in the long jump highlighted an excellent afternoon for the Track & Field team at the Mangrum Invitational, hosted by Cal State San Marcos...LeFever's leap, one of 10 first place finishes for UCSD and automatic NCAA D-II qualifying mark, bettered the mark she shared with Whitney Johnson...Other women who topped the podium were Danielle Thu (hammer/185-6), Erin Langford (triple jump/36-9), Caitlin Meagher (400 hurdles/62.90) and the 4x400 quartet of Lauren Irish, Deyna Roberson, Kelly Fogarty and Meagher which turned in a season best of 3:46.16...The 4x100 unit of Meagher, Kathleen Hitchens, Jacqueline Rose and Fogarty finished second but also hit a season best mark of 46.77.
The Triton men also accumulated five blue ribbons, all in field events...Senior Nick Howe stepped away from his primary event, the javelin, to win the high jump (6-1.25)...He was joined by Ab Shaheen (hammer/179-6), Ryan Eckert (shot put/48-10), Clint Rosser (pole vault/14-10.75) and Ka Wai Ng (triple jump/46-11).
This weekend, the Tritons will split time between Arizona State's Sun Angel Invitational and the Pomona Pitzer Invitational...All those with automatic and provisional NCAA cuts (except LeFever) will be competing in Arizona.
WOMEN'S TENNIS PICKS UP PAIR OF BIG D-II WINS IN NORCAL
Coach Liz LaPlante's Women's Tennis team, ranked 17th nationally, strengthened its resume for post-season consideration, getting two hard-fought Division II victories in Northern California last weekend...The Tritons, 9-5 in dual matches, are now idle until April 14 when they head crosstown to take on Point Loma.
Coming off a 19-day layoff that included final exams and spring break, UCSD rallied from a 2-1 deficit after doubles to slip past host Sonoma State, 5-4, Friday...After procuring the doubles point, Senior Cindy Dao (No. 2) and sophomore Jacquelyn Davis (No. 6) both went on to get straight set wins in singles as well...Katie Mulloy did the same at No. 5 and junior Samantha Yeung provided the clincher, recovering from a 6-0 first set loss to win in three at No. 4.
The same score and a similar scenario played out the next day as LaPlante's netters picked up just one point in doubles-this time courtesy of Mulloy and Roxy Pourmirzaie at No. 3 and the same four singles players were winners in a 5-4 victory at No. 19 Cal State Stanislaus...All of the singles wins were efficient, coming in two sets with none surrendering more than three games total.
The Tritons closed out the trip at UC Davis Sunday and may have been out of gas, getting clipped, 7-0, by the Division I Aggies...Dao came the closest to garnering a point, losing, 13-11, in a third set tiebreaker...The loss snapped a four-match UCSD win streak.
GOLFERS FALL TO 11TH AT THUNDERBIRD INVITATIONAL
Sitting in a tie for fifth after a first round 297, the Golf team slumped to an 11th place finish at the Grand Canyon Thunderbird Invitational last week in Phoenix...Coach Mike Wydra's squad posted a 54-hole total of 914 which left it 43 strokes behind host Grand Canyon, which won the team competition...Freshman Jacob Williams, who fired a first round 69 over the 7,288-yd., par 72 layout at Palm Valley Country Club, was the top individual finisher for UCSD, placing in a tie for 24th...Fellow freshman David Smith was next in at 224 (T39), followed by senior Keith Okasaki (T45/23), freshman Lewis Simon (T70/238) and sophomore Anubhav Rastogi (T70/238)...Next up for the Tritons is the Cal State Stanislaus Invitational, April 11-12.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Head Baseball Coach Dan O'Brien as well as seniors Justin Gordon (men's crew) and Jenn DeFazio (softball)...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.
The 24th-ranked Men's Tennis team takes its second consecutive week off before playing its final two home matches of the season next week against Concordia and Point Loma.
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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