Release: Sunday 04/02/2006 
Sophomore slugger Scott Clement and the UCSD Baseball team battle Cal Poly Pomona this week.
Sophomore slugger Scott Clement and the UCSD...
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This Week’s Events:


Mon., Apr. 3---Golf---UCSD at Sonoma State Invitational---All Day

Mon., Apr. 3---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Hawaii-Hilo---2:00 PM


Tue., Apr. 4---Golf---UCSD at Sonoma State Invitational---All Day


Wed., Apr. 5---Softball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino (DH)---1:00 PM

Wed., Apr. 5---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Cal Baptist---7:00 PM


Thu., Apr. 6---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---2:00 PM


Fri., Apr. 7---Track & Field---UCSD at UCLA Rafer Johnson Invitational---10:00 AM

Fri., Apr. 7---Softball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay (DH)---1:00 PM

Fri., Apr. 7---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---2:00 PM

Fri., Apr. 7---Water Polo---UCSD at Stanford---6:00 PM

Fri., Apr. 7---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at Hawaii---7:00 PM


Sat., Apr. 8---Water Polo---UCSD at Davis Shootout---All Day

Sat., Apr. 8---Crew---UCSD at San Diego City Championships---7:00 AM

Sat., Apr. 8---Track & Field---UCSD at UCLA Rafer Johnson Invitational---10:00 AM

Sat., Apr. 8---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---11:00 AM

Sat., Apr. 8---Baseball---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona (DH)---11:00 AM

Sat., Apr. 8---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at  Hawaii---7:00 PM


Sun., Apr. 9---Water Polo---UCSD at Davis Shootout---All Day




New school records on both sides helped the UCSD men finish fifth and the women sixth at Sautrday’s Cal-Nevada Track & Field Championships in Fresno...The Triton men amassed 65 points and the women 73 in posting their best ever finishes at this event and the highest non-Division I placement in each division on the day.


Brad Libuit paced the men, setting a UCSD all-time best in the javelin with a heave of 200-0 ft. which topped his old record by two feet and was good for third place...The versatile senior also scored in the high jump, clearing 6-6.75...Another trio of seniors also had big days...Carl Lostrom, raced to second place in the 3,000 steeplechase, clocking 9:29.26, Matt Borzage was third in the 400 at 48:03, the third best mark in UCSD history, and hurdler Mike Cunningham took 4th in the 110 highs (14.83) and third in the 400 intermediates (52.99).


Coach Tony Salerno’s women also shattered a UCSD record, knocking 3.5 seconds off the 4x400 relay mark...The quartet of Sandy Schaefer, Katie Skorupa, Elisa Holiday and Amber Green hit the line in 3:49.18 (5th place)...Senior Briana Hinga continued to shine, grabbing second in the javelin (138-10) while sophomore Whitney Johnson put up an NCAA provisional mark while finishing fourth in the triple jump at 39-4...Sophomore Diane Dunn registered the best showing of the distance corps, coming in second  in the 1,500 m. (4:33.34), also an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.


This Friday and Saturday, Salerno will take about three-quarters of his roster to the UCLA/Rafer Johnson Invitational in Los Angeles.



Following a trying weekend in Northern California, Coach Dan O’Brien’s 19th-ranked Baseball team plays an important four-game home-and-home series with Cal Poly Pomona, starting with single games at UCSD, Thursday and Friday...After winning three-of-four from conference-leading Chico State to start last week, the Tritons surrendered three-of-four at Cal State Stanislaus and come into the CPP series at 20-15 overall and 11-9 in CCAA play...Cal Poly Pomona, a club UCSD defeated three-out-of-four times in non-conference encounters earlier this season, is now 13-19 overall but 11-8 in the CCAA...Both teams are within easy striking distance of the lead in a tightly-packed league race.


Monday, the Tritons closed out a four-game series against No. 5 Chico State by sweeping the Wildcats, 15-4 and 4-1...In game one, UCSD chased CSU starter Billy Spottiswood early, raking the previously undefeated righthander for eight runs in the first three innings ...Sophomore DH Scott Clement, supplied the big lumber, clouting a pair of home runs and a single while piling up five RBIs...Two freshmen, second sacker Garrett Imeson and first baseman Matt Cantele combined for seven hits with the latter knocking a solo HR...Reliable southpaw Jose Navarro tossed eight shutout innings before being tagged for four in the ninth...He picked up his fifth win...Another lefty, junior Todd Gimenez turned in a quality start in the nightcap with senior Ryan Leake coming on the notch the victory in relief...The Tritons led all the way with Clement blasting another home run while going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and another two driven in.


The four game series at Cal State Stanislaus got off to a disastrous start...In what would be the storyline for the weekend, the Warriors pounded five Triton pitchers for 21 hits in an 18-1 rout...UCSD mustered just two hits, one a home run by Cantele.


There was good and bad for the Tritons in Saturday’s doubleheader...The good came in game one where junior Navarro was staked to a four-run lead and made it stand up in a 5-3 victory...He got his sixth win, with assistance out of the ‘pen from Leake, while being backed by a 14-hit attack...The primary weapon was Cantele...The big lefty went 3-for-4, ripping two RBI doubles and solo home run...In the nightcap, Byron Grubman came in riding a streak of three straight complete game victories but the Warriors mauled the usually reliable senior as well as his relief help in a 13-1 romp...Imeson had two hits in the loss for UCSD.


It was more pitching woes in the series finale as the Warriors shut out the Tritons, 10-0, behind Ryan McGrath’s complete game, four-hitter...Cantele, who went 7-for-11 in Turlock, had two of UCSD’s knocks.



Sitting squarely at .500 (18-18), the Triton Softball team will be looking to get back on the positive side of the ledger when it plays at pair of road doubleheaders this week—Wednesday at Cal State San Bernardino and Friday at Cal State Monterey Bay... Wednesday’s twinbill, originally slated for La Jolla, was switched after UCSD hosted a scheduled doubleheader with the Coyotes earlier in the season due to unplayable conditions in San Bernardino...Coach Patti Gercken’s charges are 6-8 and sixth in  the CCAA standings while CSUSB is 7-7 and CSUMB is 2-10.


Tough luck was the order of the day as UCSD lost both ends of a Monday doubleheader against No. 8 Cal State Dominguez Hills, 6-1 and 3-1...In the opener, the Tritons fell by five despite out-hitting the Toros, 10-6...Unfortunately, three of CSUDH’s six hits, plus a walk came in a four-run third that proved crucial...Left fielder Brittni Carino, shortstop Liz Vazquez and right fielder Niki Anderson each had two hits...An Anderson HR in the third accounted for UCSD’s only run...Game two was all about pitching with just five  hits being produced between the two clubs...A hit batsmen, a walk, a wild pitch and an error allowed all three Toro runs to cross the plate in the third without the benefit of  a hit...Sophomore Nicole Fullerton came off the bench to supply five shutout innings on the mound.


The Tritons snapped a six-game losing streak by whipping Hawaii Pacific, 5-1, in their first game at the Stanislaus Tournament of Champions...Third baseman Jenny Maze had two hits, one a two-RBI triple that keyed a decisive four-run sixth inning uprising... Second sacker Dallas Hernandez also smacked two hits and southpaw Melissa Ward fired a complete game five-hitter, while whiffing five, to get her 10th victory...Freshman first baseman Jenni Habib had a pair of hits but UCSD was shutout, 8-0, in game two by Humboldt State.


The Tritons added a pair of victories Saturday, clubbing Chaminade, 10-4, and edging Western Oregon, 3-2, in extra innings...Freshman catcher Megan Grace went 3-for-4 with three RBIs in the win over Chaminade while Jenny Spencer, Jenni Habib and Danielle Lukk each had two of UCSD’s 14 hits...Down, 4-3, UCSD scored three in the fifth and four in the seventh to put away the Silverswords...Ward went the distance on the hill for her 11th win...Later in the day, Ward got No. 12 against Western Oregon, hurling five hitless innings of shutout relief in support of Fullerton...The contest was tied at two after seven, thanks to Habib’s two-run double which brought the Tritons even in the top of the fifth...Another double, this one off the bat of Spencer, plated Grace with the eventual winning run in the top of the ninth...Spencer and Nikki Palmer each had a pair of hits for UCSD.


A six-run third inning propelled Western Washington to an 8-1 triumph over UCSD Sunday to close out the tournament...A Habib RBI single in the first gave UCSD a short-lived lead...Left fielder Brittni Carino (two) was the only Triton with multiple hits.



Coming off a 15-8 loss to No. 1-ranked USC Saturday, Coach Larry Sanders’ 13th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team plays five games in three days this weekend, starting with No. 2 Stanford in Palo Alto...The next day, UCSD opens the Davis Shootout with a morning encounter against UC Santa Cruz and comes back Saturday afternoon vs. No. 14 UC Davis...The tourney wraps up Sunday with the Tritons battling No. 20 Santa Clara and Colorado State.


Against USC, the Tritons came out slowly, falling behind, 5-1, in the first period and 10-4 at halftime before playing the Trojans virtually even in the final two quarters...Sanders got two goals apiece from junior Sarah Bajorek and sophomores Nicole Hermann and Lauren Woods.



Coach Pattie Pinkerton and Co. will battle the big schools this weekend, challenging Division I USD and San Diego State at the annual San Diego City Championships, slated for Saturday on Mission Bay.


Last weekend, the Tritons found success at two locales...In fair, but very trying conditions, the varsity eight and varsity four both finished second to defending NCAA D-II champion Western Washington at the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Championships on Vancouver Lake in Vancouver, WA...Dealing with a strong headwind that delayed several races and led to the abandonment of the smaller boat contests, UCSD came home ahead of Humboldt State and Seattle Pacific but was 24 seconds behind WWU in the eight and 40 seconds back in the fours.


Back in San Diego, the novice eight gave a good account of itself at the annual San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay...Just missing the grand final, the Tritons pushed to a fourth place finish in the petite final Sunday to take 10th overall...They were best among all D-II and all non-scholarship boats and got home 14 seconds ahead of local rival San Diego State.



The Triton Men’s Crew team will be searching for its second consecutive team title when it engages San Diego State and USD, Saturday on Mission Bay, at the San Diego City Championships.


The news from last weekend’s San Diego Crew Classic was mostly good for Coach Mark Davis’s group...The varsity eight reached the grand final in the Cal Cup and claimed fourth place in that race Sunday...In a blanket finish, the Tritons were just four seconds behind winner Orange Coast College and 0.2 seconds short of USC with Colorado sandwiched between those two in second...The junior varsity eight was fourth, behind two UC Berkeley boats and UC Davis and ahead of Purdue and UC Irvine in the final...Meanwhile, the novice eight, barely kept out of the grand final after a second place finish in a very tough heat assignment, won the petite final to finish seventh overall in the 24-boat field...The Tritons got home five seconds ahead of runner-up Long Beach State.



Hoping to avenge a Feb. 11 loss on the road, the Men’s Volleyball team will host NAIA Cal Baptist Wednesday night at RIMAC Arena.


No. 1-ranked UC Irvine stopped the Tritons, 3-0 (30-23, 30-20, 30-21), Thursday night in Irvine...John Mark Wendler and Chris Sayers each contributed eight kills and an ace to lead UCSD...Libero Joe Sexton had nine digs.


Saturday, the Tritons took No. 7 UCLA to the wire in game one, knocked them off in game two but then couldn’t sustain the level of play, falling, 3-1 (30-28, 21-30, 30-20, 30-25)...UCSD hit s solid .210 as a team for the match (.353 in game one)...Outside hitters Jon Daze and Sayers led with 11 kills apiece and junior setter Brooks Dierdorff dished out 48 assists...The two teams’ blocking numbers were dead even  and the Tritons doubled the Bruins in the ace column (6-3)...Sexton (12) and Daze (10) each reached double figures in the dig department.



The 13th-ranked Men’s Tennis team came out of finals in fine fashion, sweeping a pair of home matches Saturday to improve its record to 8-8...The Tritons host another big one today, tackling No. 32 Hawaii-Hilo, a perennial West Region power.


Last Saturday morning, UCSD shook off the rust from its 17-day layoff and whipped No. 31 Hawaii Hilo, 6-3...Eric Rubens, Blake Meister and Ramesh Thondapu posted singles wins but after the Sea Warriors prevailed in two three-set singles matches, the score was deadlocked at 3-3...It was all Tritons in the three raucous doubles contests, however...At No. 1, Erik Oijala and Meister won, 8-4, to bring UCSD within one point of the match, and the duo of Brent Molden and Steve Oechel sealed the deal with an, 8-6, triumph at No. 2...There was no such drama in the afternoon as UCSD brushed aside Sonoma State, 9-0...In singles, only Meister, at No. 3, was forced to three sets as the Tritons cruised past the Sea Wolves.



Now 8-6 on the season and coming off back-to-back matches against No. 20 Hawaii Pacific and No. 10 Hawaii Hilo, the 17th-ranked Women’s Tennis team will try to keep its CCAA ledger perfect when it hosts Cal State L.A. Saturday on the Northview Courts.


Last Saturday, Coach Liz LaPlante’s netters used doubles dominance to toppled HPU, 6-3...The Tritons captured all three doubles matches...At No. 1, Katie McKee and Kristin Bronowicki  were 8-3 winners and Justine Ang Fonte and Molly Sullens took an 8-2 decision at No. 3...In a bit of a marathon, Marcia Malinow and Ina Dan made it a clean sweep, finally subduing their Hawaii Pacific rivals, 8-6, at No. 2...Malinow (No. 1), Dan (No. 3) and Fonte (No. 6) provided the final margin with victories in their singles matches.


A day later, with Malinow-Dan and Fonte-Sullens winning, the Tritons were able to garner just two of the three doubles points and it proved critical in a 5-4 loss to Hawaii Hilo...Only Bronowicki at No. 4 and Fonte at No. 6 came out on top in singles.



Mike Wydra and the UCSD Golf team play for the first time in nearly a month when they tee up today and tomorrow at the Sonoma State Invitational...In the aftermath of the torrential rains in Northern California, the 54-hole, 15-team tournament will not be played at Santa Rosa Country Club which is “under water”...It will be held instead at two different locations...Monday’s first two rounds will be contested at the 6,972-yd. Adobe Creek Golf Course while Tuesday’s closing 18 is set for the 6,855-yd. Foxtail Club ... The senior trio of Robbie Kramer, Ryo Yamada and Justin Grant will represent UCSD along with sophomore Luke Leveillee and freshman Ryan Bailey.



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