UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (February 20, 2006)
Release: Wednesday 02/19/2006 
by UCSD
David Gomez and the Triton Baseball team open defense of their CCAA title this week.
David Gomez and the Triton Baseball team open...
Courtesy: UCSD

This Week's Events:

 

Mon., Feb. 20---Golf---UCSD at Cal State San Marcos Invitational---All Day

Mon., Feb. 20---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---Noon

 

Tue., Feb. 21---Golf---UCSD at Cal State San Marcos Invitational---All Day

 

Wed., Feb. 22---Softball---UCSD vs. USD (DH)---4:00 PM

 

Thu., Feb. 23---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---2:00 PM

 

Fri., Feb. 24---Softball---UCSD vs. San Francisco State (DH)---1:00 PM

Fri., Feb. 24---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---2:00 PM

Fri., Feb. 24---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---2:00 PM

Fri., Feb.24---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---5:30 PM

Fri., Feb. 24---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. UCLA---7:00 PM

Fri., Feb. 24---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---7:30 PM

 

Sat., Feb. 25---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at UC Santa Barbara Tournament---All Day

Sat., Feb. 25---Fencing---UCSD at UC Irvine Duals---10:00 AM

Sat., Feb. 25---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino (DH)---11:00 AM

Sat., Feb. 25---Track & Field---UCSD at Rossi Relays---Noon

Sat., Feb. 25---Softball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State (DH)---Noon

Sat., Feb. 25---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Loyola Marymount---1:00 PM

Sat., Feb. 25---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills---5:30 PM

Sat., Feb. 25---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. UC Irvine---7:00 PM

Sat., Feb. 25---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills---7:30 PM

 

Sun., Feb. 26---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at UC Santa Barbara Tournament---All Day

Sun., Feb. 26---Crew---UCSD at UC Irvine, Long Beach State---7:00 AM

Sun., Feb. 26---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---Noon

 

SOFTBALL HOME FOR USD, OPENING CCAA WEEKEND

Now 9-4 after winning three-of-five games at last weekend’s Schutt Sports Tournament in Phoenix, the Softball team returns home for a non-conference doubleheader vs. Division I USD Wednesday and the opening weekend of CCAA play against San Francisco State and Sonoma State...In the CCAA’s pre-season poll, UCSD was picked to finish sixth in the league race while S.F. State was ranked second and Sonoma State seventh by the nine CCAA coaches.

 

Coach Patti Gerckens’ club opened the Schutt Sports Tournament with a 3-2 decision over Regis (CO) with sophomore Melissa Ward grinding her way to her fifth win...The Tritons provided Ward with a 3-0 lead through three innings and she made it stand despite some sticky late-inning moments... Sophomore shortstop Elizabeth Vasquez smacked three hits while centerfielder Jenny Spencer ripped a pair of doubles...Both scored once and had an RBI... Rightfielder Niki Anderson also had two hits...In Thursday’s second game, UCSD rallied for three runs in the top of the sixth to edge Western New Mexico, 5-3...Second baseman Dallas Hernandez and third baseman Jenny Maze both blasted home runs as the Tritons banged out 10 hits, giving sophomore Nicole Fullerton her second win of the year on the mound as a reward for a complete game effort...Four different players stroked a pair of hits each, one being Maze who also had a double, scored twice and drove in two.

 

The Tritons opened day two of the tourney with a 4-1 triumph over Texas Women’s University...Vasquez and Maze continued their offensive exploits, getting two hits apiece with each hitting one out of the park...That was ample support for Ward who struck out three while firing a complete game two-hitter en route to win No. 6...UCSD saw its three-game mini-win streak ended in the second game of the day as 14th-ranked Emporia State touched up Ward for a pair of first inning runs and held on for a 3-0 decision...Ward suffered her first loss as UCSD was able to muster just six hits... Vasquez had two of the six, both doubles.

 

In the tournament finale, Saturday, the Tritons had another rough first inning as Cal State Dominguez Hills erupted for eight runs in frame No. 1 and cruised to an 11-4 win... UCSD got its four runs despite registering only five hits, again two by Vasquez...Maze notched two RBIs...Fullerton was tagged with the loss.

 

BASEBALL BEGINS CCAA TITLE DEFENSE VS. SAN BERNARDINO 

Coach Dan O'Brien's defending CCAA Champion Baseball team, ranked third in the pre-season poll of loop coaches, opens its 2006 conference schedule at home, Thursday and Friday, with single games against Cal State San Bernardino...The two teams then hook up for a doubleheader Saturday in San Bernardino...UCSD, 6-3, has already played five games against CCAA teams (going 3-2 last week) but none count in the conference standings.

 

A walk-off home run felled the Tritons, 8-7, at Cal State Dominguez Hills Tuesday... UCSD pounded out 11 hits, including home runs by Scott Clement and Damian Fante, but let a 4-0 advantage slip away in the loss...DH Matt Lawson hammered four hits and scored three runs while Clement drove in four.

 

Then came a set of home-and-home doubleheaders with Cal Poly Pomona...The Tritons rocked Bronco pitching for 16 hits in Saturday’s opener...Clement, Lawson and Fante accounted for three apiece in the 7-3 whipping...Junior Jose Navarro went six and a third for his third win without a loss...Clement cracked a two-run home run and drove in four overall and senior rightfielder David Gomez hit a solo shot...Lawson had three more knocks in game two, scoring twice and driving in three as UCSD prevailed, 8-5...Junior catcher David Morehead’s two-run fifth inning homer erased a one-run deficit and put the Tritons up to stay...T.C. Geach fired five innings of relief without surrendering an earned run to garner his first victory of 2006.

 

The scene shifted to La Jolla Sunday and it was Cal Poly’s turn to rally as the Broncos overcame a 3-0 UCSD lead to record an 11-6 victory...The crusher in this one was a seven-run Bronco uprising in the fifth inning, all of the tallies coming with two outs... The infield tandem of junior shortstop Jonathan Erickson and freshman second sacker Garrett Imeson rapped out five and four hits respectively as UCSD actually outhit CPP, 14-13, in the loss...Senior starter Byron Grubman got the loss...In the series finale, the Tritons used a big inning of their own to fell Cal Poly Pomona, 8-4...A Lawson double and a three-run pinch hit homer by freshman Matt Cantele were the big blows in a five-run fifth...Bryan Silverman had two of UCSD's seven hits as well as two RBIs in the win and the Tritons victimized the Broncos with six stolen bases...Todd Gimenez got the start but senior Ryan Leake's three shutout innings of relief resulted in his first win of the year...Lawson, relegated to DH duty by injuries, still hit over .500 for the week.

 

NO. 24 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SWEEPS THREE AT RIMAC 

After sweeping three home games last week, the 24th-ranked Women’s Basketball team heads out for its final road trip of the regular season, visiting Cal Poly Pomona (10-13/7-9) and State Dominguez Hills (13-9/8-8)  for a pair of dangerous CCAA challenges ... Coach Janell Jones’s squad is now 19-4 overall, 13-3 in the CCAA and third in the conference standings, just one game behind co-leaders Cal State Bakersfield and Chico State.

 

Four players hit double figures and UCSD shot 53.2% as a team while defeating Cal State San Bernardino, 96-68, Wednesday night at RIMAC Arena...Junior guard Leora Juster was again the leading scorer with 21 points, to go with six assists, but it was a well-rounded offensive effort for the Tritons...Junior forward Hillary Hansen accounted for 18 points, five boards and four assists, freshman Michelle Osier had 16 points and seven rebounds and junior Briana Hinga delivered another double double (12 pts. and 12 rebounds) as the Tritons led from start to finish.

 

UCSD raced out to an 18-3 lead in the first five minutes and just kept rolling in a 92-53 rout of visiting Cal State Monterey Bay Friday night...Hansen (14/13) and Osier (13/10) both posted double doubles while Juster (18 pts./6 assists) and Hinga (15 pts.) also registered double figures in the points column...The Tritons dominated in most categories, shooting 51.7% from the floor, winning the rebound battle by 14 and causing 29 Sea Otter turnovers.

 

Sunday afternoon, UCSD had little trouble with visiting Grand Canyon, throttling the Antelopes, 92-70...Osier made it back-to-back double doubles with a team high 16 points and 12 caroms and four others—Hansen (15), Buffum (15), Meaghan Noud (15) and Juster (14)—scored in double figures...Hansen pulled down nine rebounds, Buffum hit five treys and the team shot over 50% (52.4) for the third consecutive game while picking up assists on 26 of 33 baskets.

  

MEN'S HOOP TEAM TIED FOR 3RD; WIN STREAK AT FOUR

The win streak is four straight, the overall ledger is 13-12 and the CCAA mark is 10-6 as the Men’s Basketball team travels to Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal Poly Pomona for its final regular season road trip of 2005-06...Second-year Coach Bill Carr’s charges are tied for third with Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona in the conference standings and have been on the winning side in six of their last seven CCAA contests.

 

Wednesday night, the Tritons knocked off Cal State San Bernardino, 57-55, their first win in 12 tries against the Coyotes since joining the CCAA...Freshman Henry Patterson was again the offensive catalyst, hitting eight-of-15 shots for 21 points and collecting six rebounds...Fellow first-year player Shane Poppen chipped in with 12 points, including the game-winning lay-up with 1:13 remaining...After trailing virtually the entire first half, UCSD used a late three-point play by Patterson and a buzzer-beating two by sophomore Jason Bull to go into the locker room with a one-point halftime lead...The Tritons held the advantage throughout the second half, twice stretching it to eight, before CSUSB knotted things at the 1:37 mark...Poppen’s clincher came courtesy of a heady inbounds pass from Clint Allard and UCSD’s defense was able to hold off the Coyotes until the buzzer.

 

The Tritons made it four in a row Friday night, holding off Cal State Monterey Bay, 70-67, behind Patterson’s 24 points...UCSD led from the opening tip but its advantage never reached double digits...Things got dicey when the Otters closed out a 12-3 run by poking ahead for the first time, 65-64, with 2:29 remaining in regulation...The Tritons answered the call with a clutch three by freshman Darryl Lawlor but Monterey responded to deadlock it at 67...Patterson then scored what would turn out to be the winning lay-up with a nice assist from Bull as the shot clock ran out...There were still a few tense moments due to some shaky marksmanship from the free throw line but when it was over, the Tritons pushed above .500 overall for the first time this season...Bull was the evening’s unsung hero with 17 points, several coming on buckets at critical junctures, three boards, three assists and two steals...Odioh Odiye and Clint Allard snared seven rebounds each to help the Tritons end up plus-four in that department.

 

UCLA, UC IRVINE TO TEST VOLLEYBALL SQUAD AT RIMAC

A tall, talented, No.1-ranked BYU squad had its way with the Tritons Thursday, cruising to a 3-0 (30-16, 30-23, 30-19) victory at RIMAC Arena...Coach Kevin Ring’s club battled but the Cougars hit at a blistering .573 clip and had an 8-4.5 blocking advantage...Mike Reuter’s six kills led UCSD on a night where all 13 players who suited up saw action.

 

The Tritons put in a more spirited effort and closed the gap two nights later but the Cougars were still able to prevail, 3-0 (30-27, 30-21, 30-26)...Ring’s charges more than cut BYU’s hitting percentage in half but were unable to establish a real presence at the net...Brenden Bowe’s seven kills paced UCSD, while Reuter added five and picked up a pair of service aces.

 

Things don’t get much easier for the Tritons this week as No. 7 UCLA and No. 3 UC Irvine come to town for weekend Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matches.

 

POLO TEAM TAKES TWO AT BAKERSFIELD TOURNAMENT

The 14th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team took care of business Saturday, punching out Cal Baptist, 7-5, and host Cal State Bakersfield, 10-5, at the CSUB Tournament...The wins upped the Tritons’ season record to 7-4 and gives them five wins in their last six contests.

 

Against Cal Baptist, UCSD raced out to a 5-1 lead after three periods, only to see the Lancers fight back to within one before putting them away for good...Judy Emaus and Natalie Hockett scored two goals each and the combo of Kaitlin Foe and Kim Hockett turned away 12 shots in the cage...In the Bakersfield affair, the Tritons blew open a close game with four second quarter goals, using aggressive shooting to overcome the ‘Runners physical style of play...With top scorer Sarah Bajorek sidelined for the weekend, playing time opened up and Nicole Hermann, Kirsten Frazer and Lauren Woods took advantage, netting a pair of goals each as UCSD converted four-of-11 man-up opportunities vs. Bakersfield...Foe went the distance, getting seven saves in goal.

 

Next up for Coach Larry Sanders’ unit is the UC Santa Barbara Tournament this weekend...The Tritons open against No. 3 Stanford and will face either Cal or UC Santa Barbara in their second game.

 

CREW TEAMS OPEN SEASON VS. LONG BEACH STATE, UCI

The Men’s & Women’s Crew teams open their spring seasons Sunday, locking horns with UC Irvine and Long Beach State at Newport Harbor...Coach Mark Davis’s men are defending San Diego City Champions and Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s women come off a 2005 season that saw them qualify for their first ever NCAA Championship trip.

 

Both teams will race a varsity eight, varsity four and a pair of novice eights...The women will also send out a novice four and the men a second varsity eight.

 

ROSSI RELAYS FIRST UP FOR TRACK & FIELD SQUADS

Coach Tony Salerno’s Track & Field teams make their debut Saturday at Claremont’s Rossi Relays...The Tritons figure to field pretty much a full squad at a meet that will be tilted toward relay events but will still include a variety of individual races and field events...With athletes already able to post NCAA Division II Championship qualifying marks, Salerno believes his squad may be capable of hitting a few of those numbers during this opening week...Among those with that potential are hurdler Mike Cunningham, javelin thrower Brad Libuit, long jumper Elisa Holiday and freshmen discus standouts Jillian Sola and Sarah Hendy.

 

GOLFERS DEBUT AT CSU SAN MARCOS TOURNEY

The Golf team opens its 2006 campaign today, playing the first two rounds of the 54-hole Cal State San Marcos Invitational at San Luis Rey Downs in Bonsall...Scoring in the team competition for UCSD will be seniors Robbie Kramer, Ryo Yamada and Justin Grant and freshmen Ryan Bailey and Billy Olsen...Noah Moss and Luke Leveillee will participate as individuals.

 

MEN'S TENNIS HOME SUNDAY AGAINST CAL POLY POMONA 

Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s 14th-ranked Men’s Tennis team continues its tour of the Division I’s, traveling to Loyola Marymount Saturday before moving into Division II competition at home against Cal Poly Pomona Sunday...Last weekend’s match at Redlands was cancelled due to rain.

 

WOMEN'S TENNIS LOOKS TO KEEP CONFERENCE SLATE CLEAN

Conference foes Cal State San Bernardino and Sonoma State are on the docket for the No. 10 Women’s Tennis team this week...Today’s match at San Bernardino is a re-schedule from Sunday and Sonoma State comes to town on Friday.

 

UCSD is now 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the CCAA after whitewashing Cal State Bakersfield, 9-0, on the road Saturday...The doubles tandems of Marsha Malinow-Ina Dan, Katie McKee-Kristin Bronowicki and Justine Ang Fonte-Molly Sullens won by a combined 24-4 score and Malinow, Dan, Sullens, Fonte, Bronowicki and Tessa Tran swept through singles without dropping a set.

 

RUNYAN'S FENCERS CLOSE REGULAR SEASON SATURDAY

In its final regular season outing of the year, Coach Heidi Runyan’s Fencing team travels to Irvine where it will tangle with conference rivals UC Irvine, UCLA, USC and UC Santa Barbara as well as Arizona State.

 

 

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