THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:
Wed., May 11---MTennis---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships-8:00 AM
Thu., May 12---Baseball---UCSD at CCAA Championship---3:00 PM
Thu., May 13---MTennis---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---TBA
Fri., May 13---Baseball---UCSD at CCAA Championship---TBA
Fri., May 13---MTennis---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---TBA
Fri., May 13---WWater Polo---UCSD at NCAA Championships---Noon
Fri., May 13---Softball---UCSD at NCAA West Regionals---Noon
Sat., May 14---Track & Field---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---All Day
Sat., May 14---MTennis---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---TBA
Sat., May 14---Baseball---UCSD at CCAA Championship---TBA
Sat., May 14---WWater Polo---UCSD at NCAA Championships---TBA
Sat., May 14---Softball---UCSD at NCAA West Regionals---TBA
Sun., May 15--- WWater Polo---UCSD at NCAA Championships---TBA
Sun., May 15---Softball---UCSD at NCAA West Regionals---TBA
BASEBALL CAPTURES THIRD STRAIGHT CCAA REGULAR SEASON TITLE; WIN STREAK REACHES 17 GAMES
CCAA regular season champion for the third year in a row, Coach Dan O'Brien's seventh-ranked Baseball team (38-12) will now try to add another piece of hardware to its trophy case when it travels to Stockton, CA for this weekend's CCAA Tournament at University of the Pacific's Klein Family Field...The Tritons, who own three previous conference tourney titles, including the last two, will open the double elimination event Friday against Cal Poly Pomona (22-18)...Chico State (22-16) and Sonoma State (23-15) will square off in the other first round contest...UCSD, currently riding a 17-game winning streak after sweeping the final regular season series from Cal State San Bernardino, compiled a 10-2 regular season mark against the three other tournament teams.
As he typically does, UCSD's all-time winningest pitcher, Tim Shibuya, got last weekend off to a strong start, smothering Cal State San Bernardino, 4-1...The senior righty went eight innings, allowing just six hits and fanning half a dozen while collecting his 10th victory of the season and career win No. 39...RBI singles by Nick La Face and Kyle Saul put the Tritons ahead, 2-0, in the first against Coyote ace Aaron Brooks and back-to-back run-scoring doubles by outfielders Danny Susdorf and Aaron Bauman provided the icing in the seventh...Saul finished with three of UCSD's 13 hits and senior Danny Simmons got the final three outs for his third save.
The Tritons clinched the 2011 CCAA regular season crown Friday night, fighting off San Bernardino, 10-4...Senior Blake Tagmyer doubled, crushed a three-run home run and drove in five as starter Guido Knudson withstood some early trouble to record his fifth straight victory and eighth of the season...Up, 5-1 after scoring five two-out runs in the third, UCSD saw the Coyotes battle back with three in the fourth to pull within one... Tagmyer's jack to right field in the sixth gave the Tritons some breathing room and relievers Justin Burns, Tony York and Eric Abraham closed things out with three scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Behind a quality start from senior Taylor Austin, O'Brien's club made it three straight over the Coyotes with 3-2 triumph in the first half of Saturday's doubleheader at San Bernardino...Austin logged six-plus innings, surrendering just a single run, and left with a 2-1 lead courtesy of Saul's two-run home run in the top of the sixth...CSUSB knotted the score in the eighth but the Tritons plated the game-winner in the top of the ninth when Bauman and pinch hitter Nick Hom rocked consecutive two-out doubles, handing junior reliever Elias Tuma his sixth win without a loss...Simmons chalked up save No. 4... UCSD made it 17 straight wins in the nightcap, again scoring in the final frame, to prevail, 7-6...Trailing, 5-1, the Coyotes erupted for five runs in the bottom of the fourth to assume the lead...Susdorf singled home Matt Hubbard to deadlock matters in the bottom of the sixth...Then, in the seventh, Michael Benton doubled and pinch runner Scott Liske came home on a balk to seal the verdict...Junior Greg Selarz, the fourth of UCSD's five hurlers collected the win and Tuma finished the job for his seventh save...Susdorf, Benton and Tuck each had three of the Tritons' 14 hits...One of Benton's was a round tripper.
Watch Coach Dan O'Brien's post-game interview following Friday night's win over CSUSB.
Watch senior Kellen Lee's post-game interview following Thursday night's win over CSUSB.
SOFTBALL BEGINS NCAA REGIONAL PLAY FRIDAY IN CHICO
Coach Patti Gerckens' 16th-ranked Softball team, still basking in the glow of its first-ever CCAA regular season championship, starts the quest for a bigger prize this weekend when it opens NCAA Division II championship play at the West Regional this Friday at Chico...UCSD, 36-13, will face Central Washington ( ) in game one while host Chico State will tangle with Western Washington in the other round one match-up...The Regional will continue through Sunday with the winning team advancing to a best two-out-of-three Super Regional the following weekend.
The Tritons' 36 wins and .735 winning percentage are the best in Gerckens' 19 years at the helm and they will be making their fourth Regional appearance in the last five years...UCSD is led by CCAA Pitcher of the Year Camille Gaito and seniors Kris Lesovsky (.317, 6 HRs, 38 runs, 34 RBIs), Sarah Woofter (.330, 24 runs, 20 RBIs) and Jenn DeFazio (.313, 19 runs, 25 RBIs).
MEN'S TENNIS SQUARES OFF WITH NO. 13 COLUMBUS STATE IN NCAA OPENER
No. 13 Columbus State (17-4) will be the foe when 12th-year Coach Eric Steidlmayer's undefeated and ninth-ranked Men's Tennis team starts play in the 2011 NCAA Championship Wednesday in Altamonte Springs, FL...The winner of that first round match will pair-up with either Western New Mexico or West Virginia Wesleyan in round two the next day...The semi-finals are set for Friday and the championship Saturday.
Steidlmayer's stable in Florida will include seniors Erik Elliott, Vincent Nguyen and Armaun Emami, juniors Chapman Chan, Sam Ling and Jason Wall, sophomores Austin West and Junya Yoshida and freshman Max Jiganti...This will be UCSD's 11th straight year qualifying for NCAA post-season play but the first time it's reached the 16-team Finals since 2007 when the Tritons finished third, their best-ever Division II result.
WATER POLO MICHIGAN BOUND FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
In the NCAA Championships for the first time, the Women's Water Polo team (17-18) will face second-seeded and No. 2 Cal (24-4) in Friday's first round at Ann Arbor, MI...Second-year Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Tritons, who vaulted from outside the top 20 to No. 14 in the most recent national poll, earned their way into the eight-team NCAA field by capturing their first Western Water Polo Assn. title since 2000...Cal, meanwhile, has won 12 of its last 13 games including the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament Championship.
Heading into the NCAA tourney, senior Hanalei Crowell and junior Kirsten Bates are tied for the squad lead in goal-scoring with 54 apiece...Senior Felicia Orozco is next with 39, followed by a pair of freshmen--Sarah Lizotte (3) and Melissa Bartow (32)...Lizotte, who missed the first 21 games of the season, has been UCSD's top scorer since re-joining the club late March...Although this will be the Tritons first NCAA appearance, UCSD won five national titles before the sport came under the auspices of the NCAA.
LeFEVER, FOGARTY LEAD WOMEN TO SECOND, MEN THIRD AT CCAA TRACK & FIELD
Well-rested from a two-week competition-free lead up, the Track & Field teams finished second (women) and third (men) respectively at last weekend's CCAA Championships in Turlock...Coach Darcy Ahner's women won eight events and racked up 176 points, leaving them 34 behind repeat champ Chico State...On the other side, Coach Tony Salerno's men corralled two victories and totaled 141.5 pts. to finish a mere 1.5 points short of second place Cal State L.A...Chico State won the men's title as well.
Seniors Stephanie LeFever and Kelly Fogarty were the dominant forces in the women's division...LeFever captured three events, defending her 2010 crowns in the heptathlon (5,282 pts.), long jump (19-11.75) and triple jump (39-3)...The Tritons' top individual scorer, she was also fifth in the 100 hurdles, fourth in the javelin and seventh in the high jump while being named Field Athlete of the Meet...Fogarty was chosen as Co-Athlete of the Meet with CSU Dominguez Hills' Chanel Parker, who she defeated while winning both the 100 (11.65) and 200 (23.92) for the second year in a row...Fogarty also anchored UCSD's second place 4x100 relay quartet (46.96) which included Bailey Weaver, Kathleen Hitchens and Jacqueline Rose...The Tritons' three other winners were seniors Danielle Thu and Theresa Richards and sophomore Deyna Roberson...Thu re-established the dominance she displayed in 2009, flinging the hammer 178-10...Thu's discus toss of 136-4 put her third in that event...Richards made it back-to-back CCAA championships in the javelin with a throw of 145-11 with sophomore Jessica Miklaski turning it into a 1-2 finish for UCSD...Roberson clocked 61.76 while winning her first conference crown in the 400 hurdles...Teammates Lauren Irish and Caitlin Meagher were third and fourth...Irish, Rose, Roberson and Meagher teamed to take second in the 4x400 relay (3:51.27)...Senior Erin Langford was third behind LeFever in both the long and triple jumps.
For the Triton men, senior Nick Howe out-distanced the competition in the javelin for the third year in a row, finishing nearly six feet clear of his nearest pursuer with a mark of 220-2...Displaying his versatility, Howe also copped second in the high jump (6-4.25)...Another senior, Jesse Morrill erased Carl Lostrom's school record while cruising to a 23-second triumph in the 3,000 steeplechase (9:03.19)...Junior transfer Ka Wai Ng placed fifth in the 100 after registering an all-time UCSD best 10.74 (Brad Libuit was the previous record holder) in the prelims...Ng then landed at 47-6.25 to take second in the triple jump...Zach Nagengast also earned silver with a heave of 50-1.25 in the shot put...Teammate Ryan Eckert took third...AB Shaheen's 188-3 was good for second in the hammer and Tobi Haswell snared runner-up honors in the 400 intermediate hurdles (53.82) while pole vaulter Justin Rovin was third in his specialty, clearing 14-11.5.
OKASAKI FIFTH AT NCAA REGIONAL; EARNS NATIONAL BERTH
Senior Keith Okasaki is heading to the NCAA Division II Golf Championships, May 16-20 in Florence, AL, after firing a two-under par 214 and finishing in a tie for fifth place at last week's NCAA Central/West Regional at University of New Mexico's Championship Course...Okasaki, playing in his third consecutive NCAA Regional tourney, advances to his first national championship as one of the two top individuals at the 54-hole Regional event.
The Sacramento native came out red hot, carding a first round 68 over the 7,324-yd., par 72 layout, including his only eagle of the tournament on the 18th hole...He followed that with a 70 on day two and found himself atop the leader board with just one round to play but slipped to fifth with a 76 on the final day.
NEW & NOTES
The week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show with host Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Golf Coach Mike Wydra as well as CCAA champions Stephanie LeFever and Nick Howe from the track & field team...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon 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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