Thu., Mar. 23---Track & Field---UCSD at Point Loma Decathlon/Heptathlon---
Fri., Mar. 24---Track & Field---UCSD at Point Loma Decathlon/Heptathlon---
Sat., Mar. 25---Women’s Crew---UCSD at Berg Cup---
Sun., Mar. 26---Baseball---UCSD vs. ChicoState (DH)---
Sun., Mar. 26---Softball---UCSD at CalStateBakersfield (DH)---
BASEBALL SQUAD GRINDS OUT TWO WINS AGAINST STANISLAUS
Coach Dan O’Brien’s Baseball team steps back for final exams this week after going 3-2 against Division II opposition last week...The Blue & Gold go into their short break with a 16-11 record after capturing two-out-of-three from No. 12 Cal State Stanislaus...The Tritons resume CCAA action Sunday with a home doubleheader against the nation’s No. 3-ranked team, Chico State.
The Tritons split an in-region doubleheader at Grand Canyon Tuesday...They let a 5-1 lead escape in the opener as the Antelopes used a four-run seventh to tie the game and pushed across the go-ahead run in the eighth for a 6-5 win...Freshman second baseman Garrett Imeson, the current CCAA Player of the Week, remained red hot at the plate, going 3-for-4, scoring one, driving in two and stealing a base...Catcher David Morehead also had two hits and one of centerfielder Damian Fante’s two hits was a home run...The Tritons turned it around in game two, coasting to a 5-1 victory behind senior Byron Grubman’s complete game three-hitter...Imeson, David Gomez and John Roth had two hits apiece, accounting for half of UCSD’s 12 in the game and Brian Trump hit a solo roundtripper.
In the first of three non-conference games against CCAA foe Cal State Stanislaus, the Tritons used a four-run sixth to break open a close contest and went on the win, 7-4...In the big sixth, Jonathan Erickson, Bryan Silverman and Josh Tanner all had RBI singles and Silverman stole home for the final tally...First baseman Roth scored two and drove in two and rightfielder Gomez cracked a solo homer...Freshman Trevor Decker tossed seven strong innings, giving up just six hits and striking out nine, to post his third victory.
Back-to-back Stanislaus home runs in the eighth inning powered the Warriors to a 3-1 victory in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader...An otherwise strong performance on the mound by junior Jose Navarro (4-2) was undone by the two blasts...UCSD outhit CSUS, 12-9, but came up empty in clutch situations...Fante had two hits and doubled in the Tritons’ only run...Another fine outing by Grubman—complete game, six-hitter—lifted UCSD to a 4-3 decision in game two...Freshman Matt Cantele’s two-run pinch homer in the bottom of the sixth erased a two-run deficit and Imeson contributed a pair of singles.
BAKERSFIELD ROAD TRIP NEXT FOR TRITON SOFTBALL SQUAD
The Triton Softball team heads into a 10-day break on a downer after dropping both ends of a doubleheader at Cal Baptist, Wednesday...UCSD (15-12) jumps back into CCAA play a week from Sunday at Cal State Bakersfield.
In recording a 12-4, 11-3 sweep, Cal Baptist battered Triton pitching for 30 hits...The Lancers jumped out to early leads in both contests and were never headed...Shortstop Liz Vazquez had two of UCSD’s seven hits in game one and DH Desiree Franciscus drove in two...Vazquez again had two hits in the nightcap and third baseman Jenny Maze had two RBIs while hitting her sixth home run of the season.
MEN’S TENNIS TEAM SEES WIN STREAK SNAPPED
In 24 hours, six straight wins became two consecutive losses for the Men’s Tennis team which dropped back-to-back home affairs against Division I opponents, Sacramento State and Yale, last week...Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s club now takes a two-week hiatus for finals and Spring Break before returning to action April 1 against always tough D-II foe Hawaii Pacific.
The Tritons fell, 5-4, to SacramentoState with Blake Meister’s tough three-set loss at No. 3 singles closing out the match in the Hornets’ favor...Eric Rubens and Kazumi Negishi teamed to pull out a doubles point at No. 3 and then Negishi (No. 5), Eric Oijala (No. 4) and Ramesh Thondapu (No. 6) notched singles victories...UCSD was unable to get much going in an 8-1 loss to the Ivy League invaders from Yale...Rubens salvaged the only point of the day with a straight set win at No. 2 singles.
TENTH-RANKED WOMEN’S TENNIS TEAM STILL PERFECT IN CCAA
Coach Liz LaPlante’s Women’s Tennis team will be off until early April after splitting a pair of home matches last week...The 10th-ranked Tritons will have a pair of crucial back-to-back D-II regional outings against Hawaii Pacific (April 1) and Hawaii Hilo (April 2) when they return.
Tuesday, the Tritons were upset, 5-4, in a marathon match against Division III power Emory...Katie McKee-Kristin Bronowicki (9-7) and Marsha Malinow-Ina Dan (8-2) recorded doubles wins at Nos. 1-2 respectively, putting UCSD up, 2-1, early...When Molly Sullens (No. 5) and Justine Ang Fonte (No. 6) captured their singles matches, the Tritons were one point from a victory, but it wasn’t to be...The clincher came at No. 1 singles where Malinow dropped a tough three-setter after being up, 4-1, in game three.
The Tritons got things back on track Friday, routing CCAA rival Cal State San Bernardino, 8-1, behind straight set singles victories from Malinow, Dan, Sullens, Bronowicki, Amelia Larkin and Allison Legakis.
WATER POLO WINS TWO; NEARLY UPSETS NO. 4 LMU
Off until an April 1 engagement with No. 1 USC, the Women’s Water Polo team put in a solid week of play, going 2-1 and bringing its season ledger to 12-9...The Tritons are ranked 13th in the nation.
Twenty seconds into Wednesday night’s game with Siena (NY), Judy Emaus scored on a penalty shot and it was pretty much off to the races from there as UCSD rolled to an 18-3 victory...Emaus and Michelle Perkins had nine of the Tritons’ 11 first half goals and seven players hit the scoring column altogether...Senior Kaitlin Foe and sophomore Kim Hockett combined to turn away eight shots in goal.
Perkins was in good form the next night as well, racking up four goals as the Tritons used some air-tight defense to stymie visiting Colorado State, 9-2...The junior from Poway broke a scoreless tie in the first period, converting a penalty shot at 2:08, and scored twice in UCSD’s five-goal third quarter that broke a defensive struggle open... Sophomore Nicole Hermann had a pair of back-to-back man-up goals early in the third period while Foe and Kim Hockett again split time in the cage, blocking five shots.
Last week’s final game, a 10-9 Friday night loss to No. 4 Loyola Marymount, was clearly the Tritons’ best of the trio...Showing newfound grit and determination, Sanders’ club may have come of age, battling the defending conference champions to the wire...Down, 9-3, in the second period, Sarah Bajorek converted a four-meter penalty shot with one second to play, making it 9-4 at halftime...The Tritons came out flying in the second half, pressing on defense, attacking on offense and getting some dazzling play from Hockett in goal while outscoring the Lions, 5-1...Were it not for a missed penalty shot late in the third quarter, the contest could have been tied...Bajorek and Hermann tallied three goals apiece.
On Saturday, the Triton Varsity tied the Alumni, 8-8...Former Olympian Julie Swail netted the tying goal with six seconds left, a rainbow from the deep wing...The talk of the contest, however, was the astonishing job of officiating turned in by Larry “Cyclops” Sanders whose calls left one wondering what Sanders' reaction might be on the bench if he were the recipient of those same decisions.
FENCERS FINISH 17TH AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Second-year Coach Heidi Runyan’s Fencing team closed the 2006 campaign with a 17th place finish at the NCAA Championships in Houston (TX) last weekend...The result left UCSD one spot better than it finished in 2005...The top individual performer for the Tritons was sophomore Chelsea Ambort who was 10th in epee, up nine places from last season...Freshman Jen Chun took 20th in foil, highlighted by a 5-1 bout win over eventual fourth place finisher Annekathrin Donath of Penn State...Senior Raelyn Jacobson was 21st in sabre who turned in a pair of major upsets, downing Olympian Mariel Zagunis of Notre Dame and Penn State’s Caitlin Thompson, like Zagunis, a 2005 World Championship participant.
UCSD’s lone male qualifier, sophomore John Chung who wound up 23rd in the foil competition.
HINGA’S DEBUT A WINNER FOR TRACK & FIELD TEAM
Coach Tony Salerno’s Track & Field team will send a small squad to the Point Loma Decathlon/Heptathlon meet, Thursday and Friday...Splitting the team last weekend at SDSU’s Aztec Invitational and the Point Loma Invitational, UCSD came away with eight total first place finishes.
At the Aztec event, senior Briana Hinga, exchanging her basketball shoes for spikes, claimed a pair of victories, grabbing the javelin (144-10) and high jump (5-3)...Hinga’s javelin win was a personal best by 20 feet as well as an NCAA provisional qualifying mark...Daniel Byrne cleared 14-9 to take the pole vault...Other notable performances were turned in by Corey Sheredy who secured an NCAA provisional time in the 400 hurdles (63.22), Jon Patton (2nd/400 hurdles/53.11),Mike Cunningham (3rd in both the 110 HH/14.92 & 400 hurdles), Dan Holligan (2nd/5,000/15:44.03), Sarah Hendy (2nd/discus/143-6) and Elisa Holiday (2nd/long jump/17-1.25)...In the latter event, Holiday, Whitney Johnson and Kaylin Siever went 2-3-4.
Meanwhile, at Point Loma, first place finishers included Matt Maybeno (100/10.6), Matt Borzage (400/48.5), Daniel Anderson (1,500/3:59.9), Nicole Palmer (400/59.10) and Erin Becker (hammer/140-10)...Borzage (21.88) and Maybeno (21.93) were second and third respectively in the 200.
MEN’S VB TAKES BREAK BEFORE FACING TOP-RANKED UC IRVINE
After dropping a pair of tough home matches, the Men’s Volleyball team takes a 13-day competitive hiatus before returning to action March 30 against No. 1 UC Irvine.
The Tritons dropped a hard-fought, four-gamer to No. 15 George Mason, 3-1 (30-26, 30-26, 37-39, 30-26), Wednesday...Game three was a classic as UCSD came back from a 27-23 deficit and scored the last three points (two on kills by Jon Daze) to claim the win...Senior Mike Reuter led UCSD with 16 kills and Daze wound up with 15...Junior setter Brooks Dierdorff handed out 47 assists, had a match high 14 digs and an ace.
Sixth-ranked Cal State Northridge pushed past the Tritons, 3-0 (30-23, 30-27, 30-27), Friday, despite the fact that UCSD hit a sterling .404 as a team...Dierdorff connected with Chris Sayers 18 times, Brenden Bowe 10 more and the Tritons outblocked CSUN, 8-5.
BERG CUP NEXT FOR WOMEN’S CREW TEAM
Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s Women’s Crew team returns from a nearly month-long layoff to compete at the annual Berg Cup Invitational in Newport Beach Saturday...Pinkerton will send out five boats—varsity eight, varsity four, novice eight, second novice eight and novice four—in an event that promises to be a good barometer of the Tritons’ progress over the past month...Among the competitors will be UC Irvine, Long Beach State, USD, UC Santa Barbara and Chapman.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL RE-CAP
A first round NCAA Playoff loss closed the books on 2005-06 at 23-5 for the Women’s Basketball team...The win total matched UCSD’s best ever mark and Coach Janell Jones’ club was a stellar 13-1 at RIMAC Arena...Junior guard Leora Juster was named CCAA and NCAA West Region Player of the Year and forward Michelle Osier was the conference Freshman of the Year.
Category leaders for the Tritons included Juster (scoring-22.0 ppg, FG%-.498, 3-pt.%-.456, FT%-.864 and assists-117) , Osier (rebounding-9.2 rpg, steals-87 and minutes-910), Briana Hinga (blocks-52) and Kim Buffum (3-ptrs.-62)...Juster, Osier and junior Hillary Hansen started all 28 games.
Juster became UCSD’s single season (616) and career (1,332) scoring leader while Buffum became the Tritons’ most prolific career three-point shooter (165 made)... Hinga’s block total made her the best player in that department over a single season... Juster moved into the seventh slot in single season assists and now has 259 for her career which leaves her at No. 4...She now also owns the fourth best single season free throw percentage...Osier’s 257 rebounds put her No. 10 on the single season list and she is No. 3 in single season steals (87).