THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Mon., Apr. 11---Golf---UCSD at Hanny Stanislaus Invitational---All Day
Tues., Apr. 12---Golf---UCSD at Hanny Stanislaus Invitational---All Day
Wed., Apr. 13---Track & Field---UCSD at Mt SAC Invitational---All Day
Wed., Apr. 13---MTennis---UCSD vs. Concordia---2:00 PM
Thur., Apr. 14---Track & Field---UCSD at Mt SAC Invitational---All Day
Thur., Apr. 14---WTennis---UCSD at Point Loma---2:30 PM
Fri., Apr. 15---Track & Field---UCSD at Soka Peace Invitational---All Day
Fri., Apr. 15---Softball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State (DH)---1:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 15---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---6:00 PM
Sat. Apr. 16---MCrew---UCSD at SIRA Championships---7:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 16---Track & Field---UCSD at Soka Peace Invitational---All Day
Sat., Apr. 16---WCrew---UCSD vs. Arizona State, UC Irvine---8:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 16---WTennis---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---11:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 16---Softball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 16---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus (DH)---Noon
Sat., Apr. 16---WWater Polo---UCSD vs. Michigan---Noon
Sat., Apr. 16---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. UC Irvine---7:00 PM
Sun., Apr. 17---MCrew---UCSD at SIRA Championships---7:00 AM
Sun., Apr. 17---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---11:00 AM
BASEBALL RALLIES AT SONOMA; STANISLAUS HERE FOR FOUR
Coach Dan O'Brien's Baseball team, looking to maintain the momentum gained from winning the final three games of last weekend's series at Sonoma State, returns home for a four-game set against Cal State Stanislaus (18-12/12-12) starting Friday night...UCSD sports a 24-12 overall mark, is now 17-11 in CCAA action and currently owns a tie for the second spot in the league standings with Cal State L.A...Cal State Stanislaus is seventh in a tightly-bunched pack.
The Sonoma State series got off to a rocky start for the No. 21 Tritons as two errors played a prominent role in a 5-1 loss, the third in the last four outings for top of the rotation starter Tim Shibuya...The Jackson, WY native turned in another sound performance--seven innings, seven hits and nine strikeouts--but things went downhill early when a two-out strikeout was negated by a passed ball and wound up leading to two first-inning Seawolf runs...UCSD got three of its six hits and its only run in the first inning but was dormant offensively from that point...Senior Evan Kehoe had two hits.
UCSD swept Saturday's doubleheader, clawing back from a 3-0 deficit to claim a 5-3 victory...Faulty defense was again a culprit as two of the Sonoma State runs were unearned, but senior right hander Guido Knudson righted the ship, going six-plus to nab his fourth win of the year...The Tritons knotted the contest with three in the fourth and added a deuce in the fifth as the top five hitters in the order produced nine of the team's 10 knocks...Blake Tagmyer and Nick LaFace both drove in runs during the decisive fifth frame...Junior Justin Burns collected the save, setting down all eight batters he faced in a perfect two and two-thirds innings...In a strange nightcap, UCSD bolted out to an eight-run lead then staved off a Sonoma comeback try for a 9-7 triumph...O'Brien's club got all nine of its runs in the first four innings despite registering just four hits...Kehoe and catcher Mike Benton smacked two hits each and Benton drove in three...Senior southpaw Austin Taylor took the start and chalked up his second win of the season with Elias Tuma recording the save.
In a give-and-take, 8-6, affair Sunday, UCSD was the last team standing as it collected a third consecutive victory...Up, 3-0, then down, 6-4, the Tritons took the lead for good at 7-6 when they put up a three-spot in the top of the seventh...DH LaFace and left fielder Aaron Bauman slugged first inning homers to give UCSD the early advantage but it was a Kehoe single that plated the game-winner in the seventh...Tagmyer produced two of the Tritons' eight hits, senior Kyle Saul scored four runs and LaFace drove in three...Tony York, the fourth of five UC hurlers, held the Seawolves scoreless for three innings to notch his first win of the year and Tuma nailed it down, racking up his fourth save.
NO. 9 SOFTBALL HOSTS SONOMA STATE IN HUGE CCAA SERIES
On its second trip to Turlock in a week, the ninth-ranked Softball continued to play like a team that can make an impact in the post-season, winning three-of-four games against Cal State Stanislaus...The NorCal results leave Coach Patti Gercken's crew 29-8 overall, 17-6 in the CCAA and still hanging onto first place on the conference table...They play a critical final regular season home series this weekend, hosting Sonoma State (26-15/16-8) for a pair of doubleheaders, Friday and Saturday...The Seawolves are virtually tied for second with Chico State, lurking a game and a half behind UCSD.
In its Turlock opener, UCSD survived a seventh inning scare to eke past Cal State Stanislaus, 2-1...Junior Camille Gaito shut down the Warriors with a five-hit complete game, fanning eight...Stanislaus' only run was of the unearned variety, coming across via a single, an error and a double in the final frame before Gaito closed the door...The Tritons got their first run on a third inning homer by center fielder Kristyn Lesovsky and got what proved to be the game winner an inning later when shortstop Mya Romero led off with a single and scored on a single by right fielder Taylor Sepulveda...UCSD compiled eight hits total with two each from the freshmen trio of Romero, Sepulveda and Caitlin Brown...Junior hurler Tess Granath was a hard luck, 3-2, loser in Friday's game two, taking the defeat despite giving up just three hits in a six-inning outing...Stanislaus plated all three of its runs in the first as walks to the first two batters and an error provided the storyline...UCSD made a late run as senior Jenn DeFazio blasted a two-run seventh inning home run, followed by a Lesovsky double...Lesovsky made her way to third but was stranded there when the game ended.
The Tritons took both ends of Saturday's twinbill...They scored two in the first and three more in the fourth on the way to a 7-2 triumph in game one...Gaito went the distance in the circle, striking out 10, while seniors Lesovsky, DeFazio and Sarah Woofter and Romero all had two hits...Seven different Tritons scored runs...In the series finale, UCSD prevailed, 6-4, breaking a four-all tie with two runs in the top of the seventh...Woofter had two more hits and freshman first baseman Esther Strom had three...In the seventh, Sepulveda walked and came around to score on an error, afterwhich Strom drove home pinch runner Dyann Imoto to provide an extra cushion for Gaito who threw the last two innings in relief of Granath, picking up her 21st win of the season against just one loss.
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL LOOKS FOR BRIGHT FINISH VS. UCI
Coach Kevin Ring's 11th-ranked Men's Volleyball team concludes its 2011 season Saturday night when it hosts No. 4 UC Irvine (17-11) at RIMAC Arena...UCSD enters its 29th and final match with a 9-19 overall record (5-16 MPSF) after suffering a pair of losses on the road last week.
The Tritons' slim hopes of qualifying for their first MPSF Tournament went out the door Thursday in a 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-18) loss at Cal State Northridge...Sophomore Carl Eberts (12) and junior Shane Veiga (10) were kill leaders for UCSD, which hit .263 for the match...The host Matadors countered by hitting .374 and out-blocked Ring's spikers, 8-4.5...The Tritons led, 13-12, in the second set but that was the deepest point in any of the three games that they had the upper hand...In his third consecutive start in relief of injured senior Phil Bannan, freshman setter Mike Brunsting dished out 34 assists.
The Tritons' final road outing, Saturday at Long Beach State, was a microcosm of their topsy-turvy season...After routing the No. 5 49ers in the first set, UCSD was put down for the count in a 3-1 (17-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-20) defeat...Ring's spikers were in complete control of game one, harassing Long Beach into a negative hitting percentage ...That percentage was reversed, however, as the 49ers pounded away at a .387 clip over the final three sets...Brunsting had 42 helpers and UCSD got 31 kills from the outside hitting trio of Eberts (15), Phil Iorfino (10) and Veiga (8)...The Tritons owned a slight edge (11.5-11) in the blocking department but had just one ace vs. 18 service errors.
WATER POLO TESTS NO. 6 MICHIGAN SATURDAY AT CANYONVIEW
Starting its run-up to the 2011 Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championships, slated April 29-May 1 at Cal State East Bay, Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's No. 20 Women's Water Polo hosts No. 6 Michigan Saturday afternoon in its final home game of the season at Canyonview Pool...Following a 3-1 weekend at the Bronco (Invitational) in Santa Clara, the Tritons bring a 14-16 overall mark into Friday's clash...They are still looking for their first win of the season over a ranked opponent.
The Tritons got some bonus water polo in before putting away host Santa Clara, 9-8, in Saturday morning's Bronco opener...Freshman Sarah Lizotte accounted for three goals in regulation, her last coming in the final minute, as the two teams battled to a 7-7 deadlock but it was another freshman, Melissa Bartow and finally, senior Felicia Orozco handling the scoring in overtime as the Tritions pulled it out...Bartow's marker came with 43 seconds left in the first overtime and forced a sudden death period that ended with Orozco's second goal of the contest finding the back of the cage...Goalie Allie Taylor made nine saves...In Saturday's second game, Lizotte rippled the cage for three more scores but No. 7 San Jose State was too much for the Tritons, prevailing, 12-5.
Sunday morning, after trailing, 4-2, at halftime, the Tritons rattled off seven unanswered goals en route to a 10-6 conquest of Colorado State...Lizotte and Jessica Tran each scored two goals...Lizotte delivered three more, as did senior Hanalei Crowell, in the
final game Sunday, an 11-6 win over Cal State San Bernardino...Freshman defensive stopper Natalie Peng chipped in with two goals and the Tritons outscored the Coyotes in all four quarters...The victory improved UCSD's record vs. WWPA opponents to 9-1 and solidified its hold on the second seeding for the conference tourney.
MEN'S TENNIS HITS TOP 10; CONCORDIA IN TOWN WEDNESDAY
After working its way into the Top 10 for the first time this year, the Men's Tennis team begins it final push towards the post-season with a home match, it's first in 18 days, Wednesday against NAIA Concordia...With three weeks until the start of the NCAA Division II West Regionals, Coach Eric Steidlmayer's netters, undefeated at 15-0 in dual matches, are now ranked No. 10 nationally...They will face Point Loma in their home finale next week and a three-match tourney at Sonoma State the following week before finding out their NCAA fate.
WOMEN'S TENNIS HOME VS. CAL STATE L.A. SATURDAY
After a week on the sidelines competitively, Coach Liz LaPlante's 17th-ranked Women's Tennis team goes crosstown to square off against NAIA Point Loma Thursday...The Tritons (8-6), who boast four wins in their last five matches, will then come home to face Cal State L.A. on Saturday.
HANNY/STANISLAUS INVITE STARTS TODAY FOR GOLF SQUAD
Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team swings back into action today at the 38th annual Hanny/ Stanislaus Invitational, its final prep for the upcoming CCAA Championships...The 20-team Hanny/Stanislaus, featuring all of the NCAA West Region's top 10 squads, will cover 54 holes at the 6,641-yd./par-72 Turlock Country Club, starting with 36 holes today and finishing with 18 Tuesday.
SOKA PEACE INVITATIONAL ON TAP FOR TRACK & FIELD
Posting solid marks in two states, the Track & Field team continued its march toward the CCAA and NCAA Championships last weekend...Facing top caliber opposition as well as cool, sometimes rainy weather at the Arizona State-hosted Sun Angel Invitational in Tempe, UCSD returned with a slew of top five and top 10 performances...Leading the way as she has much of the season, was senior sprinter Kelly Fogarty who took bronze in the 100 (12.03) and 200 (24.06)...Senior hammer thrower Danielle Thu unleashed a toss of 197-1, the second best distance of her career, good for third place...With a provisional NCAA qualifying time of 3:45.99, the 4x400 relay quartet of Lauren Irish, Jacqueline Rose, Caitlin Meagher and Fogarty landed in fifth place...Going top 10 were Theresa Richards (7th/javelin/133-9), Jesse Morrill (9th/3000 steeplechase/9:30.33) and Dustin Harris (9th/800/1:53.74)...Although she finished 13th (top non-D1 runner), Meagher registered a provisional qualifying mark in the 400 hurdles, clocking 1:01.20.
Meanwhile at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, the Tritons registered five top five results...Senior Erin Langford was fourth in the triple jump, hitting the sand at 36-11.75 and Clint Rosser cleared 15-3 in the pole vault, also good for fifth...Joining that duo were Katie Kane (4th/3000 steeplechase/11:38.22), Allison Rudd (5th/400/64.78) and Andrew Tran (4th/triple jump/44-8.25)...UCSD makes the trek to Orange County this Friday and Saturday for the Soka Peace Invitational.
MEN'S CREW CRUSHES FIELD IN NEWPORT REGATTA
Coach Zach Johnson's Men's Crew travels to Oak Ridge, TN for Saturday's SIRA Championships, the first stop of its post-season tour, and the Tritons could hardly have prepped for the regatta in more impressive fashion...Dominating up-and-down the racing schedule at last Saturday's Newport Regatta, UCSD captured all four races it entered and walked away with the Palmer Cup, emblematic of the team scoring the most overall points, for the first time ever...Included in the remarkable performance was the varsity eight, whose lineup of coxswain Shawn Kuo, Edwin Clement, Drew Lawyer, Brandon Gonzalez, Benton Sparks, Erik Smith, Ross Bell, Justin Gordon and Drew Madden, clocked a sterling 5:47 to win by nearly eight seconds over runner-up UC Irvine with USD, Orange Coast College, UCLA and USC in the wake of the top pair.
In the junior varsity race, UCSD went 1-2 with both Triton entries putting open water between themselves and third place Orange Coast...In a nip-and-tuck novice eight skirmish, Johnson's squad overcame a five-seat deficit in the final 300 meters to win by 1.1 seconds...Closing out the four-race sweep was the open four which romped over second place USC by 10 seconds.
Read the website Q&A with junior Drew Lawyer.
WOMEN'S CREW TO HOST UCI, ARIZONA STATE
Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Rowing team returns to Mission Bay Saturday morning where it will host Arizona State and UC Irvine in its final home race of the season...Last weekend, relegated to just 1,500 m. on Ballona Creek in Los Angeles, the Tritons had mixed, but encouraging results against Division I Loyola Marymount...The varsity eight showed some of its best speed of the season while battling to its runner-up finish vs. the Lions and the upstart Triton novice eight knocked off its JV teammates while finishing second in the junior varsity race...UCSD hit the line first in the varsity four match-up as the unit of Julie Montes, Natassia Peterson, Tanya Vandervis, Daisy Orta and coxswain Uyen Hunh surged late to nip LMU.
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 Director of Athletics Earl Edwards as well as Hanalei Crowell (women's water polo), Danielle Thu (track & field) and Evan Kehoe (baseball)...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.
The following home events will be streamed live at ucsdtritons.com (Triton Zone) this week...All four games of the Baseball series vs. Cal State Stanislaus (Friday night's game will include audio with Craig Elsten and Tim Strombel)...Saturday's Softball doubleheader vs. Sonoma State with Austin Olson calling the action and Saturday night's Men's Volleyball match vs. UC Irvine.
UC San Diego's 2011 Homecoming events will be held the weekend of Oct. 21-23... Details for the annual alumni athlete weekend will be forthcoming at the ucsdtritons.com.
Ex-UCSD student-athletes can join the Triton alumni athletes Linked-In group by going to http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3260593 .
The 18th annual Triton Athletic Associates Golf Tournament is slated for Monday, June 13 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe...For more information on foursomes or sponsorships click here or call (858) 534-8460.
The UC San Diego Athletic Department's National Student-Athlete Day celebration will take place this Thursday when 12 current student-athletes are feted at a reception at the Village...This year's honorees are Kelsey Quigley (swimming), Amy Bianchini (fencing), Ryan Allred (water polo), Ellen Umeda (crew), Sara Spaventa (soccer), Sam Duimovich (swimming), Kaitlin Potter (volleyball), Dan Nguyen (track & field), Tyler Zupan (soccer), Michael Fong (fencing), Brianna Alban (cross country) and Austin West (tennis)...Since 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the event, alumni who were recognized at previous National Student-Athlete Day activities have also been invited.
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