THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:
Mon., Apr. 18---Golf---UCSD at CCAA Championships---All Day
Tue., Apr. 19---Golf---UCSD at CCAA Championships---All Day
Tue., Apr. 19---MTennis---UCSD vs. Point Loma Nazarene---2:00 PM
Wed., Apr. 20---WTennis---UCSD at Concordia---12:00 PM
Thu., Apr. 21---MTennis---UCSD vs. Hawaii Hilo*---10:00 AM
Thu., Apr. 21---WTennis---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---2:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 22---Track & Field---UCSD vs. Triton Invitational---All Day
Fri., Apr. 22---Softball---UCSD at Cal State East Bay---1:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 22---MTennis---UCSD vs. Grand Canyon*---2:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 22---WWater Polo---UCSD at San Diego State---3:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 22---Baseball---UCSD vs. Academy of Art---6:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 23---Track & Field---UCSD vs. Triton Invitational---All Day
Sat., Apr. 23---Softball---UCSD at Cal State East Bay---11:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 23---Baseball---UCSD vs. Academy of Art---12:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 23---MTennis---UCSD at Sonoma State---2:00 PM
TRITON TRACK & FIELD INVITATIONAL ON TAP THIS WEEKEND
The annual Triton Invitational, the highlight of the home Track & Field calendar, featuring well more than 1,000 competitors, including a handful of international-caliber stars, is set for this Friday and Saturday at Triton Track & Field Stadium...Among the luminaries are 2008 Olympic gold medalist Stephanie Brown Trafton and American record holder Suzy Powell in the women's discus, British Olympic finalist Greg Rutherford in the long jump and the Brazilian national team in the women's 4x100.
Coach Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner's squads prepped for this week's action by winning 11 individual events at last weekend's Soka Peace Invitational in Aliso Viejo...The men's team's four victories all came in the field events and were highlighted by an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the hammer by junior Ab Shaheen...Shaheen out-distanced the field with a heave of 183-7 which was also a Lebanese national record...Joining Shaheen in the winner's circle were shot putter Ryan Eckert (49-5), Zach Nagengast in the discus (156-6) and pole vaulter Clint Rosser who cleared 15-1.
Three of the Triton women's seven wins also occurred in field events...Senior Danielle Thu eschewing her top event (hammer) took honors in the discus with a toss of 139-6 while Shana Emile proved an able replacement in the hammer, grabbing that event with a mark of 146-1...Triple jumper Erin Langford hit the sand at 37-4 for the third gold in the field...On the track, familiar faces, Kelly Fogarty and Caitlin Meagher, found the top of the podium in the 100 (11.68) and 100 hurdles (14.79) respectively while Jacqueline Rose beat the field to the wire in the 400 (56.38)...Rose and Fogarty also teamed with Bailey Weaver and Kathleen Hitchens to claim the 4x100 relay in 47.18...In the 400 hurdles, the tandem of Deyna Roberson (1:02.14) and Lauren Irish (1:02.34) finished second and third but both recorded NCAA D-II provisional qualifying standards.
PITCHING POWERS NO. 17 BASEBALL SWEEP OF STANISLAUS
Now sporting seven wins in its last eight games and seemingly starting to hit its stride at just the right time, the No. 17 Baseball team steps outside the CCAA for a pair of non-conference home games Friday and Saturday against Academy of Art at Triton Ballpark...After sweeping a solid Cal State Stanislaus squad in a four-game weekend series, Coach Dan O'Brien's Tritons are sitting 28-12 overall, 21-11 in CCAA play and second in the league standings, three games behind first place Chico State and one and half up on third place Sonoma State.
With senior Tim Shibuya grinding away on the mound, the Tritons outlasted Stanislaus, 4-2, in Friday night's series opener...Offensively, UCSD posted just six singles, two by freshman shortstop Garrett Tuck, but that proved to be enough...Tuck's knocks were central to the Tritons' building a 3-0 lead...After the Warriors closed it to 3-2, UCSD got an insurance marker in the bottom of the eighth when center fielder Danny Susdorf singled, stole second and scored on a Blake Tagmyer single...Shibuya halted a personal three-game losing streak, firing seven and two-thirds tough innings for his seventh win...Junior Elias Tuma chalked up his fifth save, getting the last four outs via the K.
Pitching continued to be the story Saturday when the Tritons took both ends of a doubleheader by identical, 2-1, margins...Senior right hander Guido Knudson reeled in win No. 5 in game one, stopping the Warriors with a complete game, eight-hitter and 10 strikeouts...After Knudson worked through a two-out, two baserunner jam in the top of the ninth, UCSD, which managed only four hits in this one, plated the game-winner in the bottom of the frame, as pinch runner Scott Liske scampered home on a wild pitch...Senior Taylor Austin logged a sturdy five-plus innings in the nightcap but it was reliever Tony York picking up the win with Tuma nailing down his sixth save...A pair of Nick LaFace doubles figured in both Triton runs...The first came in the fourth inning when the redshirt freshman popped a two-bagger and scored on senior Evan Kehoe's single...Then, after Stanislaus tied it in the top of the sixth, UCSD responded in the bottom half when Tagmyer doubled and LaFace drove home pinch runner Gregg Ringold with the go-ahead run.
The bottled up Triton bats broke loose for a season high 18 hits in the series finale Sunday as O'Brien's charges battered Stanislaus, 18-1...UCSD failed to score in the first but dented the scoreboard in six of the next seven innigs...Kehoe (two runs and four RBIs), senior left fielder Aaron Bauman and second baseman Matt Hubbard all had three hits...Kehoe and Bauman each hit home runs...Junior Jeff Rauh started on the hill and accrued his second victory, throwing five one-run, three-hit innings...Save for one hit batsmen, Eric Abraham, Danny Simmons and Greg Selarz combined for a perfect four innings out of the bullpen...On the weekend, Triton hurlers allowed the Warriors a mere five runs and the relief corps did not allow a run in seven innings of work.
Watch Sunday's post-game interview with Head Coach Dan O'Brien.
Watch Saturday's post-game interview with senior pitcher Guido Knudson.
Watch Friday night's post-game interview with relief pitcher Elias Tuma.
SOFTBALL HOLDS GRIP ON FIRST; CLOSE SEASON AT EAST BAY
After splitting a thrilling four-game home series with second place Sonoma State last weekend, Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball team (31-10/19-8) travels to Cal State East Bay (23-24/13-19) for its final four conference games, still clinging doggedly to a half game lead in the CCAA race...Sonoma State remains in second with Chico State a game and a half back in third...Cal State East Bay is eighth in the 10-team circuit.
The Tritons lost the first game of the Sonoma State series in stunning fashion Friday...Down, 1-0, with UCSD ace Camille Gaito just three outs from victory, the visiting Seawolves got a two-run seventh inning home run off the bat of first baseman Ali Palermo and ultimately a 2-1 win...Gaito who surrendered just six hits on the day while striking out eight, was tagged with only her second loss of the season while Sonoma star Samantha Lipperd improved her record to 19-6...UCSD managed just two hits but one was freshman catcher Caitlin Brown's fourth inning single that plated pinch runner Emily McQuaid, who had stolen second and third...Gerckens' club showed its mettle by taking command early and running away with an 8-2 triumph in game two...Senior third sacker Sarah Woofter had two of UCSD's nine hits, was hit by a pitch and scored a pair of runs to drive the offense...The Tritons tallied three times in the first and got three more in the third...Junior Tess Granath made the start and went four and two-thirds innings to earn her seventh win...Gaito came on to get the final seven outs.
In the first half of the next day's twinbill, Gaito demonstrated some intestinal fortitude of her own, bouncing back from the previous day's loss to throttle Sonoma State, 2-0, on two hits for her 22nd win, staring down Lipperd in the process...UCSD, which had just three hits itself, scored both of its runs in the third...Senior Katrin Gabriel worked Lipperd for a one-out walk, stole second and crossed the plate on a single to center by Kris Lesovsky, who took second on the throw home... Woofter then walked and the two worked a double steal with Lesovsky accounting for run No. 2...The Seawolves charged out to a 5-0 lead in the series finale but had to hold off a furious UCSD rally for a 7-6 victory and a split for the weekend...The two teams combined for 23 hits (13 for UCSD) in a wild contest that ended with the bases full of Tritons, leaving them with 13 LOB in the seven innings...Freshman shortstop Mya Romero had a double and two singles and, on Senior Day, four seniors rapped two hits apiece...Freshman Jennifer Manuel, who was touched up for three runs (two unearned) in the first inning, was the tough luck loser.
Hear Saturday's post-game comments from Head Coach Patti Gerckens.
Hear Friday's post-game comments from senior Sarah Woofter.
Hear Friday's post-game comments from freshman Caitlin Brown.
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL ENDS 2011 CAMPAIGN WITH LOSS TO UCI
It was a telling end to a somewhat difficult to define season for the Men's Volleyball team last Saturday night as Coach Kevin Ring's 11th-ranked spikers were shut out, 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-21) by No. 3 UC Irvine, a club the Tritons had defeated, 3-1, on the road earlier this season...It was the fourth time UCSD had fallen at home this year to a higher-ranked squad that it had beaten away from RIMAC Arena...The loss left the Tritons 9-20 overall and 5-17 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play...During the course of the schedule, Ring & Co. earned wins over three opponents ranked in the top five at the time they met--Stanford, Ohio State and UCLA.
The season finale seemed doomed from the outset as the more energized Anteaters raced out to an 18-9 margin in game one and then won the first six points of the second set while going up, 2-0, in relatively easy fashion...The Tritons were able to get a short lead early in the last set but Irvine regained the advantage and used a 6-2 run to close out the match...Junior Shane Veiga led UCSD with 13 kills and senior Joel Davidson added 12...All-time assists and aces leader Phil Bannan handed out 36 of the former and delivered the Tritons' lone ace in the final match of his career.
Listen to Head Coach Kevin Ring following Saturday night's match vs. UC Irvine.
MEN'S TENNIS STAYS PERFECT; HOME FINALE TUESDAY
Senior Erik Elliott and junior Austin West paired for a win at No. 1 doubles and then each recorded singles wins (Elliott 2-1 at No. 1 and West in straight sets at No. 6) as the 10th-ranked Men's Tennis team captured its 16th win without a defeat, dumping Concordia, 7-2, Tuesday...Chapman Chan (No. 2), Junya Yoshida (No. 3), Vincent Nguyen (No. 5) and the doubles tandem of Armaun Emami and Max Jiganti were also point-getters for Coach Eric Steidlmayer...The Tritons play their final home match of the season Tuesday against Point Loma before finishing the season on the road with a three-match Division II tourney in Sonoma where they will face Hawaii Pacific, Grand Canyon and Sonoma State, Thursday through Friday.
Watch Tuesday's post-match interview with junior Chapman Chan.
Read the website Q&A with junior Austin West.
WOMEN'S TENNIS LOOKS TO SECURE NCAA BID IN FINAL WEEK
Still pushing for a slot in the NCAA Division II Regionals, the No. 17 Women's Tennis team concludes its 2011 regular season this week, traveling to Concordia Tuesday and then hosting Sonoma State in a make-up affair Thursday...Coach Liz LaPlante's netters come into the week 9-7 after squeaking past Cal State Los Angeles, 5-4, at home Saturday...It was UCSD's second, 5-4, victory over the Golden Eagles this year...L.A. snagged two doubles wins and earned points at Nos. 1-2 singles but the Tritons depth proved decisive...Senior Cindy Dao and sophomore Jacquelyn Davis were victorious at No. 2 doubles and the Tritons received dominant two-set singles performances from Melissa Breisacher (No. 3), Katie Mulloy (No. 5) and Davis (No. 6)...That left it up to junior Samantha Yeung, who outlasted the Golden Eagles' Jill Sangria, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7), for the critical fifth point.
CCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS NEXT FOR TRITON GOLFERS
In its final tune-up for this week's 2011 CCAA Championships, Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team brought home a 12th place finish in the 20-team, 38th annual Hanny/Stanislaus Invitational last Monday and Tuesday at Turlock Golf and Country Club...The Tritons now head to Hunter Ranch Golf Course in Paso Robles, looking for their first-ever CCAA title...They will play 36 holes today with a finishing 18 Tuesday...At the same venue, UCSD was sixth in the conference tournament last spring.
Tuesday in Turlock, Wydra's linksters moved up four slots over the final 18 holes by carding a team total of 289, the third best round of the day, giving them a 54-hole score of 907...Cal State Monterey Bay (870) was first in hte team standings...Senior Keith Okasaki took top individual honors for UCSD, signing for a five-over par 221 which left him tied for 16th...Sandwiched between an opening round 70 and Tuesday's 72, a second round 79 prevented Okasaki from finishing much higher...Next in for Wydra was freshman David Smith (T30/225), followed by fellow freshmen Jacob Williams (T52/229) and Lewis Simon (T62).
HARPER CUP BATTLE WITH SDSU NEXT FOR WOMEN'S POLO
With its eyes on the upcoming Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championships, Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Women's Water Polo team (14-17) plays its final regular season game Friday afternoon at No. 9 San Diego State (19-12) in the annual Harper Cup game...The rivalry, recognizing the influence of current UCSD Men's Coach Denny Harper on the development of both programs, has been decidedly one-sided with the Aztecs winning each of the 10 previous encounters.
The Tritons, who dropped a 10-6 decision to SDSU earlier in the season at Hawaii, got a good warm-up for the rematch, playing No. 6 Michigan tough before falling, 11-7, last Saturday at Canyonview...Freshman Sarah Lizotte scored the game's first goal but the Wolverines got the next three and gradually built up a lead that peaked at 9-5 early in the fourth quarter...At that point, Kreutzkamp's unit vaulted itself back into the game with goals, 35 seconds apart, by Lizotte and junior Kirsten Bates, that narrowed the gap to 9-7 and made an upset seem possible...UM showed its grit, however, scoring the next two to ice the verdict...Lizotte, who has been UCSD's leading goal scorer (25) since re-joining the active roster March 25, had a three-goal hat trick and Bates chipped in with two.
Hear Saturday's post-game comments from Head Coach Brad Kreutzkamp.
MEN'S CREW IMPRESSES AT SIRA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Coach Zach Johnson's Men's Crew came within roughly 1,200 m. of a "perfect" weekend at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (SIRA) Championships in Oak Ridge, TN...Unfortunately, the Triton varsity eight literally suffered a "boat-stopper" just short of the midway point in the grand final...Left in the wake of their five opponents, UCSD responded with a furious charge over the second half of the race, re-contacting the last two boats but still finishing sixth overall...Despite the disappointing last race, it was gratifying experience at Melton Hill Lake as the Tritons' V-8 needed to battle through a 27-crew field, that included the likes of Virginia, Temple, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Texas and Michigan State among others, just to reach the grand final...UCSD won its first heat by open water and blazed to a 5:56.4 clocking while finishing in second, two-tenths of a second behind eventual champion Virginia in the semi-final.
Virginia was a thorn in the Tritons side all weekend as the freshman eight collected silver medals, beaten in a photo (0.1 seconds) by the Cavaliers in the grand final after winning both its heat and semi-final by open water...Manning the frosh boat were Alex Arthur, Peter Dvorak, Kyle Wilson, Jack King, Patrick Lacey, Zach Attaran, Mark Bennett, Paul Samra and coxswain Kasey Benjamin...Meanwhile, the junior varsity eight also finished in runner-up position, 0.8 seconds behind Virginia...Coxed by Kelly Feldman, the crew of Zach Sharfman, Jonathan Sutterfield, Joey Frank, Nathan Morgan, Justin Walsh, Ed Yragui, Michael Monrean and Justin Hsu surged in the final 500 m. to close a five-seat deficit to half-a-seat but couldn't quite seal the deal.
The 20th-ranked Tritons' frontline talent and team depth will next be put to the test at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships, two weeks from now in Sacramento.
WOMEN'S CREW ROUTS UC IRVINE
With the all-important Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships looming, April 30, Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Crew got a confidence booster Saturday on Mission Bay, turning in its fastest speeds of the season and sweeping five races from UC Irvine...Also expected to compete, Arizona State was a late cancel.
The varsity eight--Kelly Temes, Alyssa Dixon-Word, Christina Niffeneger, Caroline Baratz, Carolyn Belak, Jen Burke, Chantal Creighton, Chelsea Bollinger and coxswain Katrina Kettler--took charge early and ran away from the Anteaters, posting a time of 7:16.1 to win by open water...Recovering from a mid-race mishap that virtually stopped it dead in the water, the novice eight also turned in an 18-second victory.
In the most stirring race of the day, the varsity four, with coxswain Melissa Lau steering for Julie Montes, Natassia Peterson, Tanya Vandervis and Daisy Orta, turned away a late Irvine charge to win by less than a second...Closing things out, the lightweight and novice fours produced convincing victories.
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 head coaches Patti Gerckens (softball), Pattie Pinkerton (women's crew) as well as student-athletes Vincent Nguyen (men's tennis) and Kelly Fogarty (track & field)...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.
Prior to Sunday's baseball game vs. Cal State Stanislaus, seven UC San Diego student-athletes were honored as Amateur Stars of the Month for the first quarter of 2011 by the San Diego Hall of Champions...They were Chelsea Carlisle (w-basketball), Nick Korth (m-swimming), Alex Henley (w-swimming), Phil Bannan (m-volleyball), Camille Gaito (softball), Blake Tagmyer (baseball) and Tim Shibuya (baseball).
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.
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