THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:
Fri., Apr. 29---Softball---UCSD at CCAA Championship Tournament-4:30 PM
Fri., Apr. 29---Baseball---UCSD at Chico State---6:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 29---WWater Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championships-1:30 PM
Sat., Apr. 30---Softball---UCSD at CCAA Championship Tournament---TBD
Sat., Apr. 30---WWater Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championships---TBD
Sat., Apr. 30---MCrew---UCSD at WIRA Championships---7:00 AM
Sat., Apt. 30---WCrew---UCSD at WIRA Championships---8:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 30---Baseball---UCSD at Chico State (DH)---12:00 PM
Sun., May 1---Softball---UCSD at CCAA Championship Tournament---TBD
Sun., May 1---WWater Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championships---TBD
Sun., May 1---MCrew---UCSD at WIRA Championships---7:00 AM
Sun., May 1---WCrew---UCSD at WIRA Championships---8:00 AM
Sun., May 1---Baseball---UCSD at Chico State---11:00 AM
SOFTBALL GRABS FIRST CCAA REGULAR SEASON CROWN
The combination of three wins in four games at Cal State East Bay and losses by its two closest pursuers lifted Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball team to its first-ever CCAA regular season championship last weekend...Now, it's on to the CCAA Championship tournament for the No. 10 Tritons, who finish the regular season 34-11 overall and 22-9 in conference play...As the tournament's top seed, they will open against fourth-seeded Cal State Dominguez Hills, Friday (4:30 PM) at Stockton's Arnaiz Field...Sonoma State and Chico State will square off in the other first round game of the double elimination event.
Friday at East Bay, the Tritons swept a doubleheader from the Pioneers, riding a 16-hit attack to a 12-2 triumph in the opener...They scored five runs in the first two innings and were never really pressured...Continuing the strong hitting she's displayed over the last several weeks, designated player Rhiannon Ousley had three singles and drove in two while freshman catcher Caitlin Brown had two hits including her first collegiate home run...Junior ace Camille Gaito tossed a six-inning three-hitter to snag her 23rd win of the season...There was a lot more drama in the league-clinching, 2-1, game two victory...Gaito, in relief of freshman Jenn Manuel, picked up win No. 24 as the Tritons scored two sixth-inning runs to overcome a 1-0 deficit...UCSD scratched out just five hits in this one but two came in the sixth and the biggest was a two-out single by freshman pinch-hitter Charly Swanberg that plated fellow freshmen Mya Romero and Emily McQuaid with the tying and game-winning runs.
The two clubs split Saturday's twinbill with the Pioneers taking game one, 11-3, on the strength of a six-run sixth inning (five unearned)...Manuel took the loss as UCSD again accumulated only five hits...The Triton bats went virtually silent in a nine-inning nightcap but the sterling pitching of Gaito carried them to a 4-1 victory...UCSD posted just two hits but both were home runs--by senior Kris Lesovsky and Swanberg--and iced the game with a three-run ninth...With two outs and nobody on in the final frame, third baseman Sarah Woofter was hit by a pitch (for a team-leading 10th time this season), Romero then got aboard on an error that allowed her to reach third with Woofter scoring...Romero then came home on an aborted pick-off attempt that was followed by Swanberg's solo blast...Gaito whiffed 12 without walking a batter, collecting her 25th victory against just two defeats.
The 22 CCAA wins matches UCSD's all-time best (and the Tritons missed four games due to a weekend rainout at Chico State)...UCSD was 1-3 vs. first round opponent CSU Dominguez Hills during the regular season.
Listen to interview with Head Coach Patti Gerckens.
BASEBALL TAKES NINE-GAME STREAK INTO FACE-OFF WITH CHICO STATE
After taking a week's respite from conference play, the 16th-ranked Baseball team (30-12/21-11) plays the first of its final two weekends of CCAA action when it travels to Northern California for a 1-2 showdown with first place Chico State (27-10/21-9) starting Friday night...The Tritons begin the series one game behind the Wildcats, a team they defeated three of the five times the two met last season...UCSD is ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Regional poll with Chico State holding the second spot...Coach Dan O'Brien's squad comes into the week with a nine-game winning streak after dominating a two-game home series against Academy of Art last weekend.
Running on all cylinders, the Tritons clobbered Academy of Art, 15-1, Friday night...A pair of redshirt freshmen, K.C. Rentfro and Nick LaFace each had three hits and both clubbed home runs, the first two at night for UCSD at Triton Ballpark...La Face ended up scoring four runs and Rentfro drove in four as the Tritons racked up 16 hits total... Senior Tim Shibuya went five innings, the first four perfect, earning his eighth win of the season, and four UCSD relievers allowed just one hit in four innings of work.
It was more of the same Saturday as the Tritons smacked 18 hits while dusting off the Urban Knights, 12-2...La Face and shortstop Grant Bauer (3 RBIs) had three hits each and another redshirt freshman, Scott Liske had two, one a round tripper, and drove in three...Catcher Mike Benton also crunched a home run, scored three and drove in a pair...Senior Guido Knudson was the first in a six-pitcher parade and came away with his sixth victory of the campaign.
Watch Coach Dan O'Brien's Saturday post-game interview.
Watch K.C. Rentfro's Friday night post-game interview.
WATER POLO SEEDED SECOND FOR WEEKEND'S WWPA TOURNEY
Looking to keep trending upward, the 20th-ranked Women's Water Polo team travels to Hayward this weekend for the Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championship, hosted by Cal State East Bay at Chabot College...Seeded second in the nine-team tourney, the Tritons will hook up with Cal State Bakersfield in Friday's opener at 1:30 PM...A win puts them against the winner of the Santa Clara-Sonoma State game, Saturday at 10:30 AM...The championship tilt is slated for Sunday at 1:30 PM...Defending champion Loyola Marymount is the No. 1 seed...The Lions downed UCSD in last year's title game.
There was good and bad for Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's charges in their final WWPA prep last Friday at San Diego State...Looking for their first win in this 11th annual Harper Cup clash and trailing, 6-4, at halftime, the Tritons got a man-up goal from senior Hanalei Crowell and a breakaway score by another senior Felicia Orozco to deadlock the contest at six against the No. 9 Aztecs...That was the good and it was also the point when the roof caved in on the visiting Tritons as SDSU rattled off nine unanswered goals, pulling away to win, 15-7...Freshman Sarah Lizotte turned in her sixth straight three-goal hat trick and Orozco had a pair, while goalie Allie Taylor stopped eight shots.
PERFECT REGULAR SEASON FOR MEN'S TENNIS; NCAA NEXT
Coach Eric Steidlmayer's Men's Tennis team peeled off four dual match victories last weekend to conclude a perfect regular season (20-0) and now it's off to the NCAA Championships for the 10th-ranked Tritons...They will travel to Altamonte Springs, FL, May 11-14, for the 16-team national tourney as the top seed from the West Region.
UCSD began its final run to perfection with a 6-3 home victory over Point Loma last Tuesday...The Tritons took two of three doubles matches but needed to win four three-setters in singles to emerge on top...Erik Elliott at No. 1 registered the clincher while Austin West and Max Jiganti, at Nos. 5-6 bounced back from first set losses to gain points.
Steidlmayer's netters claimed their final three wins at Sonoma, stopping Hawaii-Hilo and Grand Canyon by identical, 5-4, margins and then crushing host Sonoma State, 8-1... Against UHH, the Tritons picked up a doubles win from the tandem of Armaun Emami and Jiganti and then the same quartet that prevailed in singles vs. Point Loma--Elliott, Vincent Nguyen, West and Jiganti--turned the trick again...UCSD went up 2-1 in doubles against Grand Canyon before West and Jiganti earned straight set singles conquests and junior Chapman Chan sewed it up with a three-set win at No. 2...The Tritons swept doubles against Sonoma State and cruised from there.
Listen to senior Vincent Nguyen's interview following Tuesday's win over Point Loma.
W-TENNIS WINS REGULAR SEASON FINALE; LOOKS FOR NCAA BID
All Coach Liz LaPlante's No. 17 Women's Tennis team can do now is hope...After splitting its final two regular season matches, the Tritons must wait on the NCAA committee's decision to see if they will make a 31st consecutive NCAA post-season appearance...The top three teams in the region will garner invitations...UCSD was ranked fourth in the most recent NCAA regional rankings...The NCAA conference call is set for today.
Last Wednesday, the Tritons suffered a 7-2 road loss at Concordia before rebounding to pummel visiting Sonoma State by the same score 24 hours later...At Concordia, junior Samantha Yeung figured in both Triton points, teaming with Roxy Pourmirzaie to take No. 3 doubles and then coming back from a first set defeat to win No. 4 singles with a 10-1 romp in the third set tiebreaker...Yeung-Pourmirzaie and the No. 1 and 2 doubles units of Taskeen Bains-Haley Perrotte and Cindy Dao-Jacqueline Davis were all winners, propelling UCSD to its victory over Sonoma State...The Tritons completed the regular season 10-8.
Listen to senior Cindy Dao's post-match comments following Thursday's victory over Sonoma State.
MEN'S CREW HOPES TO MAKE WIRA TROPHY RUN
In search of both the points and efficiency trophies, Coach Zach Johnson's Men's Crew heads to Sacramento's Lake Natoma this weekend for the annual Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships...In entering just five boats--varsity eight, two junior varsity eights, novice eight and varsity four--UCSD's chances of earning the points crown in the 10-race regatta would appear slim but a second consecutive efficiency trophy would appear well within the Tritons' reach...Top competition for Johnson's rowers in a tightly-packed field would appear to be Washington State, UCLA and UC Irvine...The Triton varsity eight settled for sixth place at this race last year after having difficulty dealing with windy conditions.
WOMEN'S CREW SHOOTS FOR NCAA BID AT WIRA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Aiming for its first trip to the NCAA Division II Championships since 2008, Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Rowing team will square off against the top D-II teams in the West this weekend at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships on Sacramento's Lake Natoma...In addition to the varsity eight and varsity four boats that are critical to the NCAA bid, Pinkerton will be launching a lightweight eight, lightweight four, novice eight and novice four at the WIRA regatta.
Gaining speed and confidence over the past several outings, the V-8 and V-4 will face 13 and 10 rivals respectively in Saturday's prelims which will set-up the next day's six-crew finals...Defending NCAA runner-up Western Washington figures to be the heavy favorite with Humboldt State and Seattle Pacific also in the mix...Pinkerton's belief is that a strong showing by the four coupled with at least a second place finish by the eight could be enough to lift the Tritons into NCAA consideration.
GOLFERS SIXTH AT CCAA; OKASAKI GETS THIRD NCAA INVITE
Senior Keith Okasaki will be UC San Diego's lone representative at the 2011 NCAA Division II Golf Championship...He will be one of eight individuals selected for the Central/West Regional Tournament, slated for May 2-4 at the Championships Course at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque...It will be Okasaki's third consecutive NCAA appearance.
The Sacramento native will be heading to Albuquerque on the heels of an 11th place finish at last week's CCAA Championships in Paso Robles...Okasaki carded a one-over 217 (70-72-75) for 54 holes at Hunter Ranch Golf Course as the Tritons placed sixth in the eight-team field...UCSD compiled a three-round total of 895, finishing sixth for the fourth consecutive year...Cal State Monterey Bay won the team title at 848.
In after Okasaki for UCSD were four freshmen...Lewis Simon, just one stroke behind Okasaki, tied for 13th at 218...A closing round 70 vaulted David Smith into a tie for 26th at 228...Daniel De la Torre (T35th/234) and Jacob Williams (T38th/241) rounded out the roster.
TRACK & FIELD POSTS SLEW OF SOLID MARKS AT TRITON INVITATIONAL
Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner will rest their Track & Field teams this weekend after sending them out against more than 1,600 competitors, some of the world class variety, at last weekend's Triton Invitational...The Tritons will travel to Turlock next week for the 2011 CCAA Championships.
For the UCSD women, sprinters took center stage...After finishing fourth against a D-I/international field in the 100 (11.64), senior Kelly Fogarty came back to wage a scintillating battle against Brazilian national teamer Lemos Silva, finishing second in a photo finish-close 200 (23.69)...Fogarty also teamed with Bailey Weaver, Kathleen Hitchens and Jacqueline Rose for fifth place in an NCAA D-II provisional qualifying time of 46.68...The Triton foursome of Lauren Irish, Rose, Deyna Roberson and Caitlin Meagher hit the tape first in the 4x400 relay (3:47.12)...Earlier, Meagher was fourth in the 400 hurdles, clocking 61.37 and Rose fifth in the 400 at 56.70...In the field, senior Erin Langford recorded a fourth place finish in the triple jump, landing at 37-6.5.
On the men's side, senior Jesse Morrill captured the 3,000 steeplechase (9:20.69), out-distancing his nearest foe by eight seconds, and the duo of Kellen Levy (15:10.78) and Matt Lenehan went 4-5 in the 5,000...Meanwhile, junior Ab Shaheen upped his personal best and recently acquired Lebanese national record by nearly three feet in the hammer (186-5)...Junior triple jumper Ka Wai Ng uncorked a leap of 48-0.75, good for third in the meet and the second best mark in UCSD history...On Friday, senior pole vaulter Justin Rovin cleared 15-2.25, finishing fourth in his specialty.
Listen to junior AB Shaheen's post-event comments Saturday.
Listen to junior Caitlin Meagher's post-event comments Saturday.
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, Women's Water Polo Coach Brad Kreutzkamp, Men's Tennis Coach Eric Steidlmayer and senior Sarah Woofter (softball)...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.
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