Release: Sunday 04/09/2006 
Senior Jenny Spencer and the UCSD Softball team host CSU Bakersfield and CSU Dominguez Hills this weekend.
Senior Jenny Spencer and the UCSD Softball team...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios

This Week’s Events:


Mon., Apr. 10---Golf---UCSD at Buzzini Invitational---All Day


Tue., Apr. 11---Golf---UCSD at Buzzini Invitational---All Day

Tue., Apr. 11---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Point Loma---2:00 PM


Wed., Apr. 12---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---1:00 PM

Wed., Apr. 12---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at Vanguard---2:00 PM

Wed., Apr. 12---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. Chapman---4:00 PM


Thu., Apr. 13---Track & Field---UCSD at Mt. SAC Decathlon/Heptathlon---10:00 AM

Fri., Apr. 14---Women’s Crew---UCSD at Southern I. R. Championships---8:00 AM

Fri., Apr. 14---Track & Field---UCSD at Mt. SAC Decathlon/Heptathlon---10:00 AM

Fri., Apr. 14---Track & Field---UCSD at Pomona-Pitzer Invitational---10:00 AM

Fri., Apr. 14---Softball---UCSD vs. Cal State Bakersfield (DH)---1:00 PM

Fri., Apr. 14---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Cal State Bakersfield---2:00 PM

Fri., Apr. 14---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---3:00 PM

Fri., Apr. 14---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Stanford---7:00 PM


Sat., Apr. 15---Men’s Crew---UCSD at Newport Invitational---7:00 AM

Sat., Apr. 15---Women’s Crew---UCSD at Southern I. R. Championships---8:00 AM

Sat., Apr. 15---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---11:00 AM

Sat., Apr. 15---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Northern Arizona---Noon

Sat., Apr. 15---Softball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---Noon

Sat., Apr. 15---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay (DH)---Noon

Sat., Apr. 15---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. UC Santa Barbara---3:00 PM

Sat., Apr. 15---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Pacific---7:00 PM




Coach Kevin Ring and the Men’s Volleyball team close out their 2006 home season this week, hosting Stanford and No. 15 Pacific at RIMAC Arena...Still in pursuit of their second win of the campaign, the Tritons are coming off a pair of near misses last week.


Displaying some newfound grit, the Tritons pushed Cal Baptist, the country’s No. 1-ranked NAIA team, to the brink before dropping a 3-2 (30-26, 30-25, 30-32, 27-30, 15-12) decision Wednesday night at RIMAC Arena...Four UCSD players reached double figures in the kills column, led by senior Chris Sayers with 19...Sayers, who hit at a.268 clip from the outside also had eight digs and an ace...Mike Reuter and Stephen Shaw each knocked down 14, the latter hitting .423 for the night with five total blocks.


Then it was on to Honolulu for two matches against third-ranked Hawaii...Friday night, senior Jon Daze hammered 20 kills as UCSD battled the Rainbow Warriors tooth-and-nail before giving way, 3-1 (38-36, 37-39, 30-20, 30-21) in a two and a half hour marathon...Ring’s outfit had two game points in the first set but couldn’t finish it off and then rebounded from a 27-22 deficit to outlast UH in the second stanza...Outside hitters Reuter (17 kills) and Sayers (10) were both in double digits again as was improving middle blocker Shaw (11)...Setter Brooks Dierdorff kicked in with 61 assists and an ace and the Tritons hit .205 as a team...Hawaii came out motivated the next evening, using one big run in each game to produce a 3-0 (30-20, 30-25, 30-18) result in front of 3,534 fans on its home floor...Daze (12 kills) was again the top offensive numbers man for UCSD.



Coach Larry Sanders’ 14th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team returns to Canyonview Pool for a pair of home contests this week on the heels of a disappointing performance in Northern California...Chapman comes in Wednesday  for a 4:00 PM match-up and No. 11 UC Santa Barbara tests the Tritons at 3:00 PM Saturday.


On a rain-soaked Friday night in Palo Alto, UCSD absorbed a 15-4 defeat at the hands of second-ranked Stanford...The Cardinal jetted out to a 5-1 first quarter lead and controlled things from there...Junior Sarah Bajorek deposited two goals for UCSD with Flynn LaRochelle and Natalie Hockett contributing one each.


Hockett accounted for four goals and freshman Nicole Afflerback three as the Tritons opened the Davis Shootout with a workmanlike, 17-6, thrashing of UC Santa Cruz... Saturday afternoon’s second contest was much tighter and the result reversed as UCSD fell, 6-5, to No. 15 UC Davis...A Nicole Hermann score put the Tritons up, 1-0, on the Aggies early but after Davis tallied the next two, UCSD was never able to regain the lead...The contest was tied at three and four before UCD pushed ahead by two at 6-4...Michelle Perkins found the net with 3:41 to go but the Aggies held on from that point...The Tritons were able to keep it close despite the fact that Davis enjoyed a 14-5 advantage in terms of ejections.


Man-up situations continued to haunt UCSD the next morning as No. 20 Santa Clara upset the Tritons, 12-11, drawing 12 ejections to UCSD’s six and converting half of them...Hermann and Hockett each found the cage three times in a contest where the Tritons again fell behind early and were never able to push past the Broncos...Hermann and LaRochelle turned in hat tricks as UCSD ended the tournament on a high note by whipping Colorado State, 14-6, its third win of the year over the Rams...The Tritons put it out of reach with a seven-goal second period outburst...Lauren Woods and Sydney Gstettenbauer both had two scores in the win.



The Softball team finally gets a little home cooking, playing a pair of conference doubleheaders on its own diamond this weekend...CCAA-leading Cal State Bakersfield is in Friday and second place Cal State Dominguez Hills visits the next afternoon... Coach Patti Gerckens’ outfit brings a 20-18 overall mark into Friday’s double dip and stands 8-8 and part of a three-way tie for fourth in CCAA action after sweeping a pair from Cal State Monterey Bay up north Friday.


The Tritons blasted 11 hits and sophomore Melissa Ward fired a two-hit shutout as UCSD topped the Otters, 9-0, in game one...There were plenty of offensive heroes... Rapidly-improving freshman first baseman Jenni Habib had three hits, senior shortstop Desire Franciscus collected three RBIs, left fielder Brittni Carino had two hits, stole a base and scored three times and senior lead-off hitter Jenny Spencer cracked two hits, one a  homer and also crossed the plate three times...UCSD broke open a taut second game with six runs in the sixth inning en route to a 7-2 victory...With three each, Spencer and Franciscus had half of UCSD’s 12 hits and Spencer drove in two...Freshman hurler Lauren Chastain picked up her second win with a complete game, six-hit effort.



Playing hard-nosed, opportunistic ball, Coach Dan O’Brien’s 22nd-ranked Baseball team bounced back from last week’s offensive nightmare at Stanislaus to take three-of-four from Cal Poly Pomona and stay in the thick of the CCAA title run...UCSD is fifth in the league standings but just a game and a half behind first place Chico State (from whom the UCSD won three-of-four) in a very balanced race...The Tritons (23-16/14-10) now travel to Cal State Monterey Bay for a three-game non-conference set starting Friday.


After surrendering a 3-0 lead late, the Tritons took advantage of a fielding miscue to nip Cal Poly Pomona, 4-3, in game one of the series Thursday in La Jolla...UCSD had a three-run lead after two innings and senior Byron Grubman was cruising through six, but the Broncos touched him for two in the seventh and tied it against reliever Ryan Leake in the eighth...The bottom of the eighth proved decisive...A one-out single by right fielder Tim Mort got UCSD rolling... Pinch runner Devin Incerti stole second and after Jonathan Erickson was intentionally walked, shortstop Josh Tanner grounded to first...CPP got the force at second, but the return throw to first eluded the pitcher covering and Incerti scampered home with the winning run...Leake put the Broncos down 1-2-3 in the ninth for his second win of the year.


Friday, the Tritons slugged four home runs, two in a five-run fifth inning, to overcome a 7-4 CPP lead and win, 10-7...Catcher David Morehead had two of the bombs and drove in three runs while centerfielder Damian Fante and DH Scott Clement also left the park...In all, UCSD rang up 15 hits with Fante collecting three...T.C. Geach garnered his third win with four scoreless innings out of the bullpen.


The Tritons made it three straight in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader at Pomona, downing the Broncos, 6-1, behind Trevor Decker’s five-hit gem...The freshman went the distance to notch his fourth win...UCSD cracked a 1-1 tie in the fifth as two hit batsmen, a passed ball and an error allowed the Tritons to plate two runners without the benefit of a hit...UC did accumulate 10 hits on the day, however, with third baseman Erickson accounting for four of them...CPP finally broke through in the series finale, pounding five Triton hurlers for a dozen runs in a 12-3 triumph...Freshman second baseman Garrett Imeson went 3-for-3.



The good times in the CCAA continued to roll for the Women’s Tennis team which improved to 9-6 overall and 7-0 in conference play by drilling Cal State L.A., 9-0, Saturday on the Northview Courts...Even with No. 1 singles player Marcia Malinow on the sidelines and Coach Liz LaPlante experimenting with her lineup, the Golden Eagles posed little threat...After an effortless doubles sweep, UCSD got singles wins (Nos. 1-6) from Ina Dan, Kristin Bronowicki, Justine Ang Fonte, Molly Sullens, Allison Legakis and Tessa Tran with only Sullens being pushed to three sets.


The Tritons are back in action Wednesday, traveling to NAIA Vanguard and then return home for two more CCAA challenges—Cal State Bakersfield Friday and Cal Poly Pomona Saturday.



The 13th-ranked Tritons made it a clean sweep of visiting Hawaiian teams Monday afternoon...One day after edging No. 31 Hawaii Pacific, UCSD throttled No. 32 Hawaii Hilo, 9-0...The doubles tandem of Erik Oijala and Brent Meister, ranked 19th nationally, helped the Tritons to an early, 3-0, lead with an 8-5 win at No. 1...It was the regular sextet of Brent Molden, Eric Rubens, Meister, Oijala, Kazumi Negishi and Ramesh Thondapu rolling through singles in the 1-6 slots...Only Meister was forced to three games.


Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s charges (9-8) will put a three-match win streak on the line when NAIA Point Loma visits Tuesday...The Tritons travel to Division II Cal Poly Pomona the following afternoon and are back at Northview Courts Saturday to host Division I Northern Arizona.



After a productive day at Saturday’s UCLA Rafer  Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational, the bulk of the Track & Field team will compete in Friday’s Pomona Pitzer Invitational...A smattering of athletes will participate in the Mt. SAC Invitational Thursday and Friday.


The Tritons piled up a slew of NCAA Division II provisional qualifying marks and four individual wins in the collegiate open section at UCLA...Prominent among the blue ribbon performances was the 400 hurdles victory by sophomore Laiah Blue...Running for the first time this season, Blue not only won her race but posted a career best 61.93, the second-fastest time in UCSD history...Other winners were Jillian Sola in the discus (154-0), Scott Tsuda in the long jump (21-2.75) and Brad Libuit, who hit the tape first in the 100 m. (11.03) and also placed third in the high jump.


Among those turning in NCAA “B” marks were Mimi Hodgins (9:56.55) and Diane Dunn (10:06.5) in the 3,000, Elisa Holiday (18-9) in the long jump and Kaylin Siever (38-2.75) in the triple jump...The Tritons’ premier men’s hurdles duo of Mike Cunnigham (14.69/52.47) and Jon Patton (14.58/52.34) ran in different sections but both had solid clockings...Senior Carl Lostrom went 14:38.99 in the 5,000.



It was all about improvement and comparisons for the Women’s Crew team at Saturday’s San Diego City Championships...While Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s squad may not have walked away with the hardware in its clash with local Division I foes, the numbers were good...The varsity eight—Mel Kaelberer, Meghan Kelley, Leah Llach, Cara Kuebert, Kali Webb, Katie Morris, Monica Switick, Megan Hagquist and coxswain Phoebe Lee—crossed the line third behind SDSU and USD but significantly closed the margin on both competitors compared to previous races and, in fact, cut the gap with USD in half...In the varsity four, SDSU pulled away in the second half of the race but the Tritons routed a USD quartet that had beaten them two weeks earlier at the Berg Cup.


Not much improvement was needed by the novice eight which remained undefeated in 2006, “putting away” San Diego State for the third time this season with an impressive time of 7:35.4...Manning the boat were Kelsey Thomas, Jen Myers, Anne Simeon, Becca Filbrandt, Caryn Urbanczyk, Alisa Kispersky, Jill Peacock and Kim Schaffer...The coxswain was Lisa Geary.


Trying to solidify its hopes of gaining an invitation to the NCAA Division II Championships in late May, the Tritons will compete at this weekend's Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Championships in Oak Ridge, TN where they will face a number of the top Eastern-based D-II squads.



Although training through the San Diego City Championship, the Men’s Crew team still gave a solid account of itself on Mission Bay Saturday, particularly the varsity eight...In the regatta’s signature event, the Triton eight put on a powerful display, putting nearly three boat lengths between itself and second place USD...The unit, coxed by Joe Gram with stroke Gilbert Collins, Brenden Carriker, Eric Murtfeldt, Steven Oliver, Tyler Sutterley, Shawn Hay, Joe Baker and Darren VonPlaten, was timed at 6:45 for the 2,000 m. into a headwind.


In a mild upset, the novice eight was nipped by USD in the meet’s opening race...The Tritons also copped second in the varsity and novice four events...A better indicator of the team’s long term strength should come this Saturday at the Newport Invitational where a strong performance could earn Mark Davis’s squad a berth in the ECAC National Invitational Championships, May 13-14, in Worcester, MA.



Last week, the Golf team finished ninth in the 11-team Sonoma State Invitational... Plagued by wet weather, the event first had to change courses and was later shortened from 54 to 36 holes...Coach Mike Wydra’s squad, which shot a team total of 628, staged a mini-rally on Day Two, moving up two spots from 11th...Senior Robbie Kramer was the top individual finisher for UCSD, firing a 76-790-155, which left him tied for 29th...Freshman Ryan Bailey (T33rd/156) and seniors Ryo Yamada (36th/157) and Justin Grant (40th/160) followed.


It’s back up to Northern California today for the 54-hole, 16-team Buzzini Invitational at the 6,641-yd, par 72 Turlock Country Club...Freshman Nathan Phan will play his first tournament on the big stage, replacing Luke Leveillee in the lineup for the Buzzini.



Numbers and awards from the 2005-06 Swimming & Diving season...The latest in a string of outstanding years, the Men’s (5th) and Women’s (3rd) teams were both top five finishers at the NCAA Division II Championships...The Women, who set a UCSD record for most points at the national meet, also won the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference title with junior Susan Bell and Coach Scott McGihon garnering Female Swimmer and Coach of the Year respectively.


Nine women—Bell, Sophie Levy, Andrea Lippin, Emily Harlan, Louisa Salisbury, Shannon Simonds, Jennifer Sims, Kendall Bohn and Jennie Margrave—and four men—Michael Baier, Evan Hsiao, Joel Tourtellotte and Andrew Skewes—earned All-American honors...Eight school records were set, all on the women’s side...Levy shattered the 1,000 freestyle mark at the NCAA meet and took down the 500 and 1,650 marks at the conference championship...Simonds and Sims added their names to the record book in the 200 butterfly and 200 freestyle while Bell now has the best time in the 50 backstroke...Additionally, two relay marks fell...Aubrey Panis, Salisbury, Sims and Harlan collaborated to set an all-time best in the 200 medley relay while Lippin, Simonds, Levy and Bell did the same in the 800 freestyle relay.



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