UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (May 2, 2011)
Release: Friday 05/01/2011 
by UCSD
Nick LaFace and the Triton Baseball team try to clinch the CCAA regular season title this weekend.
Nick LaFace and the Triton Baseball team try to...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios

THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:

Mon., May 2---Golf---NCAA West Regional---All Day

Tues., May 3--- Golf---UCSD at NCAA West Regional---All Day

Wed., May 4--- Golf---UCSD at NCAA West Regional---All Day

Thur., May 5---Track & Field---UCSD at CCAA Championships---All Day
Thur., May 5---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---6:00 PM

Fri., May 6--- Track & Field---UCSD at CCAA Championships---All Day
Fri., May 6--- Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---6:00 PM

Sat., May 7---Track & Field---UCSD at CCAA Championships---All Day
Sat., May 7---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino (DH)---Noon


BASEBALL STORMS NO. 20 CHICO STATE; LOOKS TO CLINCH CCAA REGULAR SEASON CROWN VS. CSU SAN BERNARDINO
Now sitting atop the CCAA standings for the first time since mid-February, after sweeping a four-game series at No. 20 Chico State last weekend, Coach Dan O'Brien's seventh-ranked Baseball team concludes its regular season this weekend with a four-game home-and-home series against Cal State San Bernardino (23-19/20-14), starting with single games this Thursday and Friday night at Triton Ballpark...The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday at San Bernardino...UCSD comes into the week's festivities with a 34-12 record and is 25-11 in CCAA action...Cal State San Bernardino is third on the league ladder and in the midst of a five-team dogfight for positions in the CCAA Championship Tournament.

The Tritons won the opener in Chico, 9-3, behind senior All-American Tim Shibuya and a 16-hit offensive outburst, erasing the one-game conference lead the Wildcats owned coming into the series...UCSD took a 1-0 lead in the first, when Aaron Bauman came around on a Blake Tagmyer double, and never trailed...Leadoff man Danny Susdorf recorded four hits and second baseman Matt Hubbard three as five Tritons had multi-hit evenings...Shibuya logged seven and two-thirds innings, striking out nine, while earning his ninth victory of the season.

UCSD swept Saturday's doubleheader, 9-1 and 6-5...In game one, senior right hander Guido Knudson fired a complete game, five-hitter, fanning four without walking a batter...The Tritons broke loose for five runs in the second inning and Knudson motored home from there...Tagmyer ripped a pair of doubles while seniors Evan Kehoe and Kellen Lee both went 2-for-2...Game two was a tighter affair as UCSD constructed a 6-3 lead but had to hold off a late Chico State rally for the win...Senior Taylor Austin got the start, but it was junior Justin Burns grabbing the victory with two and two-thirds innings of work out of the bullpen...Closer Danny Simmons got the save...The Tritons knocked four of their nine hits in a three-run second inning to grab the early advantage... Chico State battled back to knot it in the third...UCSD scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth, with Tagmyer forcing home freshman Garrett Tuck with the game-winner when he was hit with the bases loaded...Tuck had two hits in the game and Lee smashed a solo homer.

The Tritons closed out the sweep Sunday with an 11-10 victory, highlighted by a nine-run second inning...Elias Tuma picked up his fifth win without a defeat, turning in three and a third innings of relief work but needed help in the form of senior Simmons who struck out the final batter with the tying run 90-ft. away...UCSD accounted for eight of its 11 hits in the second inning explosion...Tagmyer led off the frame with a single and later bombed a three-run homer after the Tritons had batted around...Susdorf, Bauman and Kyle Saul also had two-hit afternoons.

WATER POLO STUNS LMU TO WIN WWPA TITLE; NCAA NEXT
Following an improbable upset of No. 8 Loyola Marymount in the finals of the Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championships yesterday in Hayward, Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Women's Water Polo team is heading to the NCAA Championships for the first time...It was UCSD's first conference championship since 2000...The Tritons (17-18), will learn their seeding and first-round opponent later today...The eight-team tournament will be hosted by University of Michigan.

After falling behind, 2-1, through one period, UCSD piled up 10 goals in the next three and rolled over Cal State Bakersfield, 11-7, in Friday's WWPA opener...Freshman Sarah Lizotte posted her seventh straight three-goal hat trick and her second score in the second quarter put the Tritons up for good...Kirsten Bates and Katherine Biehle found the cage twice each and goalie Allie Taylor turned away 14 shots.

Saturday, leaning on outstanding man-up efficiency and four goals from Bates, the Tritons put away stubborn Santa Clara, 9-7, in the tournament semi-finals...Bates, a junior, tallied once in each period, three times in 6-on-5 situations and her final goal gave UCSD a lead it would not relinquish...Lizotte, bottled up much of the game, had a pair of second half scores and Taylor stopped five attempts, including a penalty shot.

That put the Tritons into Sunday's final against an LMU squad that had won nine of the last 11 WWPA titles and was riding a 35-game win streak vs. WWPA opponents...It appeared that string might be extended to 36 as the Lions led, 10-8, with just over six minutes remaining...But Kreutzkamp's club, playing with starters Natalie Peng, Lizotte and Bates on the bench (all fouled out), refused to go away...UCSD netted the next three goals, two by junior Jessica Tran, sandwiched around a tally by senior Hanalei Crowell, to go up, 11-10...LMU knotted the score withi 2:15 remaining but 16 seconds later, Crowell put the Tritons back ahead...Biehle put the icing on the cake with a man-up goal at the 1:06 mark to give UCSD a 13-11 final margin...Taylor had seven saves and UCSD prevailed despite being out-drawn, 14-4.

Crowell was named MVP and was joined on the all-tourney first team by Bates and Lizotte...Peng was a second team choice...Earlier in the week, Crowell earned first team all-conference accolades with Bates getting second team and Orozco honorable mention...Melissa Bartow won all-freshman recognition.

Listen to Monday's interview with Head Coach Brad Kreutzkamp.

SOFTBALL COMES UP SHORT IN CCAA TOURNAMENT
Unable to match its first CCAA regular season championship with a conference tournament title in Stockton last weekend, Coach Patti Gerckens' eighth-ranked Softball team will now take aim at the NCAA Division II Regionals, scheduled for the weekend of May 13-15...The site and participants are scheduled to be announced, May 8, at which time the Tritons will confirm their selection and learn who they will face in the first round... UCSD, which was eliminated in the championship round of the CCAA tournament by conference regular season runner-up Sonoma State, is now 36-13 on  the season.

Senior center fielder Kris Lesovsky bombed a leadoff home run and junior right hander Camille Gaito fired a 57-pitch shutout as UCSD pushed aside Cal State Dominguez Hills, 2-0, in Friday afternoon's CCAA Tournament opener...Lesovsky's blast, into a stiff wind and over the left field wall, was the first of her two hits...Freshman catcher Caitlin Brown also had a pair and her second plated Mya Romero who was aboard after hitting a wind-blown triple to right...Meanwhile, Gaito was sailing along to her 26th victory, allowing just two hits in an extremely efficient performance.

Saturday's second round winner's bracket game was far less enjoyable as second-seeded Sonoma State peppered Gaito for 14 hits in a 5-2 win...The Triton righthander battled out of several jams to keep it close but the Seawolves scored in each of the final four innings and UCSD, with just three hits in the contest, was ultimately not able to answer...After going down, 1-0, in the fourth, the Tritons responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame...With two down, Brown started things with a walk...DP Rhiannon Ousley drove her in with a double to right and then scored herself on a Taylor Sepulveda single... Despite the lopsided offensive stats, UCSD had its chances but left two runners on base in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

Saturday night, the Tritons knocked off Dominguez Hills for a second time, scoring four unearned runs in a wild second inning of a 6-2 triumph...Freshman Jenn Manuel got the call in the circle and turned in a solid four and two-thirds innings for her third win (with relief help from Gaito)...UCSD banged out 12 hits with freshman second baseman Emily McQuaid and senior third sacker Sarah Woofter accounting for three each...McQuaid drove in a pair of runs and Woofter smacked her first homer of the season, a solo shot in the seventh...In the critical second, Gerckens' club had five hits, including a Jenn DeFazio double, and a walk, but it was a pair of Toro throwing errors that keyed the four-run uprising.

In Sunday's championship round, hitting deficiency again proved to be the Achilles heel for the Tritons...Sonoma State sophomore Samantha Lipperd hurled a no-hitter at Gerckens' club and a solo home run by Brittany Martinez proved to be the difference in a 1-0 contest...Despite going hitless, UCSD had its opportunities to dent the scoreboard...They loaded the bases in the third and had runners on first and third in fifth but were unable to convert...Eight runners were stranded on the afternoon...The lack off offensive punch negated a solid, five-hit outing by Gaito and a stellar defensive effort.

Earlier in the week, the Tritons captured three of the conference's five major regular season awards...Gaito was named Pitcher of the Year, Romero was tabbed as Freshman of the Year and Gerckens was chosen as Coach of the Year for the second time...She won the award previously in 2007...Gaito and Lesovksy were first team All-CCAA selections while Romero and senior Woofter garnered second team recognition.

                   

TRITONS GO TO STANISLAUS FOR CCAA TRACK & FIELD
After a well-deserved competition-free week, the Track & Field team kicks of its "post-season" campaign in Turlock this weekend at the CCAA Championships, hosted by Cal State Stanislaus...Action starts Thursday and will run through Saturday.

The Tritons posted dual second place finishes at this meet last spring...On the women's side, that result snapped a string of four consecutive conference titles...UCSD will travel with four defending individual champions, two who were multi-event winners...They are Kelly Fogarty (100 & 200), Stephanie LeFever (heptathlon, long jump & triple jump), Theresa Richards (javelin) and Nick Howe (javelin)...Fogarty was also part of two winning relay teams in 2010 and LeFever was on the 4x400 squad...Junior Jacqueline Rose, who was also part of both relay squads last year, also returns as does Kathleen Hitchens who ran on the 4x100 quartet.

Read website Q&A with senior Theresa Richards.

NO. 10 MEN'S TENNIS EARNS NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP BID
It was mixed messages for the Triton Tennis teams last week when the NCAA announced its Division II Championship lineups for 2011...As expected Coach Eric Steidlmayer's undefeated and 10th-ranked men's squad earned the No. 1 seeding in the West Region and an automatic placements in the 16-team Championship field that will compete May 11-14 in Altamonte Springs, FL.

Coach Liz LaPlante's 17th-ranked Women's team was not as fortunate...The Tritons, who finished 10-8 in dual match play, were left out of the post-season for the first time in 31 years...They were ranked one spot outside of the NCAA Regional field. 

MEN'S CREW POWERS TO OVERALL WIRA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Buoyed by a dominant performance from the varsity eight, Coach Zach Johnson's Men's Rowing team recaptured the overall team points title at last weekend's Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships on Sacramento's Lake Natoma... The Tritons last won the overall crown in 2006...UCSD also finished second to Gonzaga in the battle for the efficiency trophy which is brought home last spring.

In the varsity eight, the squad of Edwin Clement, Drew Lawyer, Brandon Gonzalez, Benton Sparks, Erik Smith, Ross Bell, Justin Gordon, Drew Madden and coxswain Shawn Kuo, took control from the outset, pushed its lead to a full boat length and held off late surges by Gonzaga, UCLA and Washington State, clocking a speedy 5:52.

The junior varsity eight was also victorious but had to come from behind to run down early leader Orange Coast College in the final 300 meters...A second Triton boat was fourth in the same race...Meanwhile, the novice eight struggled off the line, made a good run in the middle sections of its race but could not make up the lost ground, winding up third behind Orange Coast and Gonzaga.

Johnson, named WIRA Coach of the Year for the third consecutive time, will now point his charges towards the IRA National Championships, June 2-4, also at Lake Natoma.

WOMEN'S CREW CLOSES OUT 2011 AT WIRA REGATTA
Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Crew saw its season come to an end Sunday at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships in Sacramento...In a blanket finish where just 10 seconds separated the top four boats, the varsity eight finished fourth in the petite final and the previous day the varsity four took second in its petite final just one second behind Long Beach State...Both Triton lightweight entries rowed their way into the grand final with the eight placing second and the four fourth.

On the novice side, the eight claimed third in the petite final while the four put together one of the best performances in recent history, crossing the line fourth in the grand final behind Western Washington, Humboldt State and Cal.

OKASAKI TO REPRESENT UCSD AT NCAA GOLF REGIONAL
Senior Keith Okasaki, making his third straight NCAA appearance, will be UCSD's lone representative when the 2011 NCAA Golf Regional starts today in Albuquerque, NM... Okasaki, who earned an individual at-large berth, finished 11th at the recent CCAA Championships and has been Coach Mike Wydra's most consistent performer over the last half of the season...The Regional will cover 54 holes, finishing Wednesday...The top five teams and top two individuals at this tourney will advance to the NCAA D-II Championships, May 16-20, in Florence, AL...Last year, at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, Okasaki tied for 65th.

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 Track & Field Coach Tony Salerno, Allie Taylor (women's water polo), Danny Susdorf (baseball) and Shawn Kuo (men's crew)...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

The Men's Soccer team turned in an encouraging spring performance Saturday in a one-day road doubleheader against a pair of highly-regarded Big West Conference opponents...The Tritons downed Cal Poly SLO, 2-1, before falling to national power UC Santa Barbara by the same score.

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 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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