UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (April 17, 2006)
Release: Sunday 04/16/2006 
by UCSD
Briana Hinga, school record holder in the javelin, will be part of Saturday's Triton Invitational field.
Briana Hinga, school record holder in the javelin,...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios

This Week’s Events:

 

Mon., Apr. 17---Golf---UCSD at CCAA Championships---All Day

 

Tue., Apr. 18---Golf---UCSD at CCAA Championships---All Day

Tue., Apr. 18---Baseball---UCSD vs. Point Loma---3:00 PM

 

Wed., Apr. 19---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---2:00 PM

 

Thu., Apr. 20---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills---2:00 PM

Thu., Apr. 20---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. San Diego State---7:00 PM

 

Fri., Apr. 21---Softball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus (DH)---1:00 PM

Fri., Apr. 21---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills---2:00 PM

Fri., Apr. 21---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at UC Davis---2:30 PM

Fri., Apr. 21---Track & Field---UCSD hosts UCSD Triton Invitational---3:00 PM

 

Sat., Apr. 22---Women’s Crew---UCSD vs. UC Santa Barbara, Chapman---8:00 AM

Sat., Apr. 22---Track & Field---UCSD hosts UCSD Triton Invitational---10:00 AM

Sat., Apr. 22---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at Cal State Northridge---11:00 AM

Sat., Apr. 22---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills (DH)---11:00 AM

Sat., Apr. 22---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Sonoma State---1:00 PM

 

 

WATER POLO SQUAD HOSTS AZTECS IN HARPER CUP THURSDAY

Coach Larry Sanders’ Women’s Water Polo team is home for Senior Day, its final regular season outing and the annual Harper Cup game, Thursday against Division I rival San Diego State...Start time is 7:00 PM...The Tritons, who slipped to No. 15 in the rankings, are 15-14 after splitting a pair of home contests last week...The Harper Cup is named after longtime UCSD men’s (and former women’s) water polo coach Denny Harper.

 

Wednesday, Chapman was able to put up little resistance as the 15th-ranked Tritons netted the first nine goals en route to a 14-3 conquest...Junior Natalie Hockett led the offensive assault with five goals while Sarah Bajorek, Flynn LaRochelle and Kirsten Frazer tallyied two apiece.

 

It took three extra periods, but No. 11 UC Santa Barbara finally outlasted UCSD, 13-12, Saturday afternoon at Canyonview Pool...After falling behind early, the Tritons stunned the Gauchos with four unanswered goals to take a 5-3 lead that was narrowed to 5-4 at intermission... The score was tied three times in the third period but a goals by Michelle Perkins and Nicole Hermann lifted UCSD to a 9-7 advantage with just a quarter left ... The Tritons protected the lead until the 1:51 mark of the fourth when UCSB connected to send it to overtime at 11-11...Both clubs scored once in the standard two-period OT...The Gauchos controlled the sprint in sudden death and converted their first possession to go  home winners...Bajorek and Perkins racked up three goals apiece for UCSD.

 

UCSD TRACK & FIELD INVITATIONAL ON TAP THIS WEEKEND

In its final competition prior to the CCAA Championships, the Track & Field team will host the annual Triton Invitational, Friday afternoon and Saturday...Friday’s lone event will be the invitational hammer throw, commencing at 3:00 PM...The discus opens Saturday’s program at 10:00 AM with the first running event (4x100 relay) slated for 11:00 AM.

 

In cold, rainy conditions last Friday, the Tritons still managed to produce some excellent performances at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational...Senior Briana Hinga uncorked a school record (148-0) toss in the javelin, the second best D-2 mark in the country this year and good for second place in the competition...UCSD won one event in each gender... Sophomore Whitney Johnson captured the long jump, leaping 17-11.75, while senior Brad Libuit and freshman Adam Munns tied for first in the high jump at 6-1.75...Other good numbers were posted by Jon Patton (110 HH/4th/14.67), Carl Lostrom (3,000 steeplechase/4th/9:16.89), Mimi Hodgins (1,500/3rd/4:34.95) and Emily McGregor (5,000/4th/17:43.17)...Earlier in the week, senior Amy Beeman tied Hinga’s UCSD record in the heptathlon at Mt. SAC...Her 4,380 points were good for 16th, the best non-Division I finish at the event.

 

UCSD HOSTS CCAA GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP IN PASO ROBLES

Hoping to have saved its best for last, the Golf team travels to Paso Robles this weekend for the 2006 CCAA Championship which will be contested Monday and Tuesday at Hunter Ranch Golf Club...UCSD will serve as host for the 54-hole title event which features 36 holes Monday and an 18-hole final round Tuesday...Cal State Bakersfield is the four-time defending champion and UCSD finished fifth a year ago.

 

The Tritons are coming off a 13th place finish in the 19-team Buzzini Invitational last week at the Turlock Country Club...Coach Mike Wydra’s charges turned in a team total of 933...Senior Justin Grant, who had three of UCSD’s top four rounds in the tourney, shot a 72-75-75—222 to place 10th in the individual standings...Following in order were Robbie Kramer (230/T35th), Ryan Bailey (237/T62nd), Nathan Phan (244/T76th) and Ryo Yamada (247/T80th).

 

CRITICAL WEEKEND LOOMS FOR NO. 21 BASEBALL TEAM

After suffering a surprising two losses in three games at Cal State Monterey Bay, the Baseball team will try to strengthen its conference and post-season chances this week, hosting NAIA Point Loma Tuesday and then playing four against Cal State Dominguez Hills, single games Thursday and Friday in Carson and then a Saturday doubleheader at home...Coach Dan O’Brien’s club, ranked 21st nationally, is now 24-18 overall, 14-10 in league play and tied for fourth in the CCAA standings, a game and a half back of first place Chico State...CSUDH is 9-8 in the CCAA and sits seventh.

 

Senior Byron Grubman was masterful in Friday’s opener at Monterey, stifling the Otters, 10-0, with a complete game five-hitter...He struck out seven while picking up win No. 5...Third baseman Jonathan Erickson had a pair of singles, the second driving in Damian Fante with UCSD’s first run in the fourth...Scott Clement and Matt Cantele homered in the fifth to give Grubman some breathing room and a five-run fifth, highlighted by catcher David Morehead’s three-run dinger, broke it open.

 

Saturday, the Tritons lost a heartbreaking opener, 8-7, a contest they never trailed until the final at bat...Two home runs by Morehead and another by Clement had UCSD off and running but when starter Jose Navarro retired after five innings, the bullpen let it get away...Adding insult to injury, a hit batsman forced across the winning run...The Otters got the sweep with a 7-2 triumph in the nightcap...The Tritons had the early lead in this one as well, two runs scoring courtesy of a second inning Tim Mort single plus an error ...Mort had two of the seven hits UCSD accrued in the game...Starter Todd Gimenez was pinned with the loss.

 

SOFTBALL HOSTS STANISLAUS FOR BIG FRIDAY DOUBLEHEADER

Now 20-20 and barely clinging to hopes for a post-season bid, the Softball team is home for a Friday afternoon doubleheader against Cal State Stanislaus following a pair of losses to No. 10 Cal State Dominguez Hills Saturday ...UCSD is now sixth in the CCAA at 8-10 while Stanislaus is fourth at 10-8...The Tritons were ranked seventh in the region going into last weekend.

 

Last Friday’s scheduled twinbill with league-leading Cal State Bakersfield was shelved due to rain and given the results, the Tritons may have wished the next day’s engagement with second place Dominguez Hills had been canceled as well...The Toros claimed the opener, 4-0, behind Jackie Miller’s three-hitter...Brittni Carino, Jenni Habib and Liz Vazquez had the hits for UCSD...Melissa Ward went the distance on the mound for UCSD, giving up a pair of home runs, but otherwise pitching well.

 

A five-run fourth inning catapulted the Toros to a 7-1 victory in game two...Centerfielder Jenny Spencer had two of UCSD’s six hits and third baseman Jenny Maze had an RBI double...Freshman Lauren Chastain picked up the loss, going four solid innings before being chased in the fifth.

 

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL WHIPS STANFORD ON FINAL WEEKEND

Coach Kevin Ring’s Men’s Volleyball team concluded its 2006 campaign on a high note last weekend, splitting a pair of well-played home matches...The Tritons ended up 2-27 on the season and 1-21 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play.

 

Behind a big senior performance---Chris Sayers (18 kills), Mike Reuter (14) & Jon Daze (12)---the Tritons shocked Stanford, 3-1 (31-33, 30-22, 30-13, 30-24) Friday night at RIMAC Arena...After letting a pair of game points slip away in the first set, UCSD used an 11-5 game-closing run to take the second and then obliterated the Cardinal in the third game, jumping out to a 15-3 lead and never looking back...Junior Brooks Dierdorff handed out 48 assists and the Tritons bombed Stanford with a season high 13 aces, six by Sayers and another four from Daze...Sayers also led both teams with 13 digs.

 

Twenty-four hours later, against No. 15 Pacific, UCSD prevailed in game one but the Tigers rebounded for a 3-1 (28-30, 30-25, 30-22, 30-27) victory...Sayers led the way again with 20 kills while Reuter chipped in with 11 kills and nine digs...Dierdorff distributed 50 assists and had six total blocks.

 

WOMEN’S TENNIS EARNS THIRD STRAIGHT CONFERENCE TITLE

After clinching its third consecutive CCAA championship, the Women’s Tennis team tunes up for the NCAA Division II Playoffs with a pair of matches this week...Coach Liz LaPlante’s netters face a return match with league rival Cal Poly Pomona, Wednesday at Northview Courts and then travel to Division I Cal State Northridge Saturday...The 17th-ranked Tritons own a 12-6 overall ledger and are a perfect 9-0 in the CCAA.

 

UCSD opened last week by passing a test of its ability to come back, defeating tough NAIA rival Vanguard, 5-4, on the road...Down, 2-1, after doubles and playing without junior Katie McKee in singles, the Tritons rallied by capturing the third through sixth singles slots with Kristin Bronowicki, Justine Fonte, Molly Sullens and Amelia Larkin on the court...Bronowicki and Fonte triumphed in three sets...The lone doubles point was won by the team of Marcia Malinow and Ina Dan.

 

Side-stepping the rain, UCSD dumped Cal State Bakersfield, 5-0, in a shortened match Friday on the Northview Courts...The Tritons swept doubles with McKee-Bronowicki, Malinow-Dan and Fonte-Sullens doing the honors and had Tessa Tran and Christy Knudsen holding commanding leads at No. 5 and 6 singles when the weather got nasty, leading to a ‘Runners forfeit.

 

Finally, Saturday at Cal Poly Pomona, UCSD stormed past the Broncos, 7-2, to assure itself the top rung in the CCAA standings...Going up, 2-1, after doubles, the Tritons dominated singles winning all but No.1, where Malinow was edged in three sets.

 

MEN’S TENNIS ENDS REGULAR SEASON IN NORCAL

With the NCAA Division II West Regionals on the horizon, the 13th-ranked Men’s Tennis team closes out the regular season in Northern California this weekend, tackling D-I UC Davis and Sonoma State...Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s charges are 11-9 on the year with eight of those nine losses coming against Division I opponents.

 

The ninth came Saturday as Northern Arizona snuck by a depleted Triton squad, 5-4...Despite having No. 2 and 3 singles players Eric Rubens and Blake Meister out of the lineup, UCSD nearly pulled out a victory...Kazumi Negishi and Ramesh Thondapu got the lone doubles point at No. 3 but after Erik Oijala and Thondapu, playing up in the order at two and four respectively, and freshman Richard Sabo (No. 6) earned singles wins, the Tritons were on the verge of shocking the Lumberjacks...It finally came down to Negishi, also elevated at No. 3, but he came up short in a tough three-setter.

 

UCSB, CHAPMAN UP SATURDAY FOR WOMEN’S CREW

Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s Women’s Crew team will host UC Santa Barbara and Chapman, Saturday on Mission Bay, in its final home regatta of 2006...The following weekend, the Tritons head to Sacramento for the annual Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships.

 

Last Saturday, Pinkerton’s varsity squad got a taste of what the other side of the country has to offer at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Championships in Oak Ridge, TN...The varsity eight rowed its way into the grand final but wound up sixth in a very tight finish...Using borrowed equipment on an unfamiliar course, the Tritons clocked 7:18.10, 15 seconds back of first place Barry (FL)...The varsity four took third place in the third final.

 

NARROW MISS FOR VARSITY EIGHT AS UCSD TIES FOR NEWPORT CROWN

Paced by some great depth in the novice division, the news was mostly good for the Men's Crew team at Saturday’s five-team Newport Invitational...The Tritons tied for first in the overall team standings with UC Davis and Orange Coast College, earning a share of the Palmer Cup...It was the first time in the 41-year-history of the event that there was a deadlock for the trophy. 

 

On the other side,  Coach Mark Davis will be looking to find a little more than four seconds of speed between now and the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships, April 29-30 in Sacramento...That was the gap between the third place Tritons and first place UC Davis in the varsity eight Saturday...Always tough OCC was sandwiched between the two...It was a nip-and-tuck affair until the final 500 meters when the top pair moved away...The winning time was 6:22 with UCSD clocking 6:26.

 

The UCSD novice eight was second in 6:30 while the second novice eight was first in 6:30...The JV eight also took second...Long Beach State and UC Irvine completed the field.

 

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