Release: Sunday 04/23/2006 
Junior Sarah Bajorek and the Triton Water Polo team shoot for a conference crown at the WWPA Championships.
Junior Sarah Bajorek and the Triton Water Polo...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios

This Week’s Events:


Tue., Apr. 25---Baseball---UCSD vs. Grand Canyon---3:00 PM


Wed., Apr. 26---Softball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino (DH)---1:00 PM


Fri., Apr. 28---Water Polo---UCSD hosts WWPA Championships---All Day

Fri., Apr. 28---Crew---UCSD at WIRA Championships---8:00 AM

Fri., Apr. 28---Softball---UCSD vs. Grand Canyon (DH)---1:00 PM

Fri., Apr. 28---Baseball---UCSD at San Francisco State---2:00 PM


Sat., Apr. 29---Water Polo---UCSD hosts WWPA Championships---All Day

Sat., Apr. 29---Crew---UCSD at WIRA Championships---7:00 AM

Sat., Apr. 29---Baseball---UCSD at San Francisco State (DH)---Noon


Sun., Apr. 30---Water Polo---UCSD hosts WWPA Championships---All Day

Sun., Apr. 30---Crew---UCSD at WIRA Championships---7:00 AM
Sun., Apr. 30---Baseball---UCSD at San Francisco State---Noon




UC San Diego will host the seventh annual Western Water Polo Association’s Women’s Championship tournament, Friday through Sunday at Canyonview West Pool...First round games in the single elimination event will be held Friday and fourth-seeded UCSD will face the winner of the Cal State San Bernardino-Cal State Monterey Bay game at 1:45 PM...The winner of the tourney earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Championships, slated May 12-14, at UC Davis.


The 15th-ranked Tritons come in 15-14 after dropping a narrow, 6-5, decision to No. 8 San Diego State in Thursday’s Harper Cup match-up at Canyonview...It was the Aztecs’ fifth-straight win in the series named after UCSD men’s water polo Coach Denny Harper (the past women’s coach at both schools).


UCSD came out of the gate quickly against SDSU, with junior Natalie Hockett scoring the first goal one minute in, spinning between two defenders and finding the right corner...Sophomore Nicole Hermann converted a man-up situation at 2:09 and Kirsten Frazer backhanded a Sarah Bajorek rebound past goalie Sarah Kilgore to put the Tritons up, 3-1, after one period...A nightmarish two-minute segment of the second quarter turned the tide in the Aztecs’ favor as they scored three times to take a 4-3 halftime advantage...Although another Hockett goal tied it at four, UCSD was never able to regain the lead...Coach Larry Sanders’ charges had their chances...Down, 6-4, a Bajorek penalty shot brought them within a point with one period to go but they were unable to score on two 6-on-5 opportunities in the final 2:30, hitting the crossbar on one occasion...Kaitlin Foe, one of four seniors honored prior to the game (Bajorek, Frazer and Michelle Perkins were the others), had five saves in the cage.



Trying to shake a mini-slump that has seen five losses in the last seven games, the Baseball team takes on Grand Canyon in a non-conference tilt Tuesday and then travels to San Francisco State for a critical four-game conference set this weekend...UCSD comes into the week 26-21 overall and 15-13 in the CCAA...The defending conference champion Tritons have slipped to seventh in the league race but are still just three games back of CCAA leader Chico State (15-10) as well as a berth in the four-team loop tournament...S.F. State is in ninth.


With freshman Jon Durket getting his first collegiate start and win, the Tritons rocked NAIA Point Loma, 8-2, on Tuesday...Durket tossed five shutout innings, giving up four hits and striking out six...The offense, led by senior right fielder David Gomez, made the most of its 11 hits...UCSD got four of those hits, along with three runs in the first inning... Gomez accounted for three hits, three RBIs and a solo home run.


The Tritons suffered a devastating loss in Thursday’s series opener at Cal State Dominguez Hills—rallying from six down to tie the game,10-10, after eight and a half, only to be beaten in the bottom of the ninth...Two singles, coupled with a walk, hit batsmen and an error allowed UCSD to forge an early, 3-0, lead but the Toros roughed up Byron Grubman and Todd Gimenez for 14 hits en route to making it 10-4...A five-run eighth, highlighted by Jonathan Erickson’s two-run single and a two-run triple by Damian Fante, brought the Tritons to within a run and then DH Scott Clement evened it up with a leadoff homer in the ninth...CSUDH scored the winning run with a two-out single...Overall, UCSD whacked 12 hits, four by Fante, who also picked up three RBIs.


It was more of the same Friday as Dominguez Hills scored two in the eighth for a 4-3, come-from-behind win in game two of the series...The Triton bats went cold, managing just six hits behind starter Jose Navarro...Second baseman Garrett Imeson had two hits and left fielder John Roth drove in two with a first inning double.


The two teams split Saturday’s doubleheader, the Tritons taking the opener, 8-5, and the Toros returning the favor, 6-1, in game two...Freshman first baseman Matt Cantele had a single, triple and home run, scoring two and driving in two to power UCSD in game one...Gomez also had a pair of hits and his two-run second inning homer gave the Tritons a lead they would never relinquish...Freshman Trevor Decker got scuffed for 10 hits in five-plus innings but battled to limit Dominguez to just two runs, collecting his fifth win...The Toros’ Chris Borchers handcuffed UCSD on three hits in the nightcap...In the first inning, Borchers hit Fante, who promptly stole second and came home on junior David Morehead’s double...From that point on it was all Dominguez... Durket absorbed the loss as a trio of UCSD errors led to three unearned runs.



Trying to reverse a six-game losing streak, Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team goes to Cal State San Bernardino for a rain make-up Wednesday and then hosts Grand Canyon for its final home doubleheader on Friday...UCSD is now 20-24 overall and 8-14 in CCAA action.


Managing just 11 hits on the day, the Tritons lost both ends of a Friday home doubleheader to Cal State Stanislaus (9-1, 7-3)...In game one, UCSD got three of its five hits and its lone run in the first inning as shortstop Liz Vazquez doubled home senior Jenny Spencer...The Warriors copped the lead in the third, added to it in the middle innings and blew things open with a five-run seventh...Second baseman Dallas Hernandez had two hits for UCSD...In the nightcap, a four-run fourth propelled Stanislaus...Spencer had a single, a double, scored a run and picked up an RBI.


In a rain make-up Sunday, the Tritons dropped another pair to CCAA-leading Cal State Bakersfield (7-1, 5-1)...In the opener, UCSD scored first when catcher Nikki Palmer singled to open the third, pinch runner Randelle Bundy moved to second on a sacrifice, third on a sac fly and scored on a wild pitch...But Bakersfield, which racked up 14 hits in the game, parlayed a pair of UCSD errors into four fourth inning runs and added three more in the fifth...Errors hurt the Tritons again in game two as only one of the five runs scored on freshman starter Lauren Chastain was earned...Spencer and fellow senior Desiree Franciscus each had two of UCSD’s seven hits and a sixth inning Vazquez HR accounted for UCSD’s lone run.



The Men’s & Women’s Track & Field teams will begin focusing on the CCAA Championships, hosted at UCSD, May 4-6, after breaking four school records at a very successful UCSD Triton Invitational last weekend...Over 1,000 athletes participated in the event and Coach Tony Salerno’s squad shone as brightly as any.


Senior Jon Patton streaked to a school mark of 21.81 while finishing fourth in the 200 and freshman Catherine Strouse’s 11:20.94 erased the UCSD standard in the 3,000 steeplechase...She was also a fourth place finisher...The other two records came in the men’s and women’s 4x400 relay...The women’s quartet of Sandy Schaefer, Katie Skorupa, Elisa Holiday and Amber Green collaborated to clock 3:48.39, narrowly besting the record they had set three weeks ago at the Cal-Nevada Championships...The men’s squad—Mike Cunningham, Todd Bettisworth, Jon Patton and Matt Borzage—not only turned in a time of 3:13.94, shaving exactly one second off the existing UCSD record, but won the event as well...Senior Carl Lostrom also had a big day, making all the right moves to win a tactical 1,500 in 3:56.16.


Two stadium records fell as TaNisha Mills (Sheffield Elite) went 56.40 in the 400 hurdles and defending NCAA Division I champion Chelsea Johnson cleared 14-8.75 in the pole vault.



Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s 17th-ranked Men’s Tennis team closed out the regular season in fine fashion up in Northern California, whipping Division I UC Davis, 4-3, and then stopping Sonoma State, 6-3...The victories improved the Tritons to 13-9 on the season (all but one loss coming to Division I opponents) and leaves them waiting for a post-season assignment in the NCAA Division II Playoffs...They are likely to host a West Regional match next week.


After dropping two of three doubles matches at Davis, UCSD rebounded in singles, getting a big three-set win from Brent Molden at No. 1 and tough, two-set triumphs out of Eric Rubens (No. 2), Kazumi Negishi (No. 5) and Ramesh Thondapu (No. 6)...Negishi and Rubens paired up to capture the only doubles point.


The same foursome posted singles wins against Sonoma State and Molden and Steve Oechel joined Negishi-Thondapu in the winners' column in doubles.



Coach Liz LaPlante’s 17th-ranked Women’s Tennis team,  boasting a 13-7 overall record after splitting its final two regular season matches last week, awaits the verdict on its NCAA Playoff destination...The NCAA pairings will be announced next week.


The Tritons concluded a perfect CCAA season by thumping Cal Poly Pomona, 9-0, on Northview Courts Wednesday...No. 1 singles player Marsha Malinow sat out to heal some nagging injuries, but all of the other 10 members of the roster saw action as UCSD defeated the Broncos for the second time in five days...Registering singles victories were Ina Dan, Justine Fonte, Molly Sullens, Ali Legakis, Tessa Tran and Christy Knudsen (Nos. 1-6).


Division I Cal State Northridge handled UCSD, 7-0, in the final dual match of the year Saturday...There were several close battles for LaPlante’s still patchwork lineup as Dan and Amelia Larkin fell, 9-8, at No. 3 doubles and Fonte (No. 4) and Sullens (No. 5) pushed their matches to three sets, Fonte going to 11-9 in the third.



With three boats already qualified for the prestigious ECAC National Invitational Championships (May 13-14), the Men’s Crew team will make its traditional trek to Sacramento’s Lake Natoma for this wekeend’s annual Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships...Coach Mark Davis will be sending five boats into action at the WIRA event—varsity eight, JV eight, novice eight, second novice eight and a pair.


The third-year Triton mentor figures all four eights are capable of medaling and believes his team has a solid shot to win the overall points title...UCSD was second last year... The Tritons will be seeded fourth in the varsity eight with UC Davis and Orange Coast College ranked 1-2 going in.



Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s Women’s Crew team will be aiming to enhance its resume for an NCAA Division II Championship berth when it heads north this weekend for the annual Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships on Sacramento’s Lake Natoma...Pinkerton has entered nine boats in the regatta—varsity eight, novice eight, second novice eight, lightweight eight, varsity four, lightweight four, novice four, novice lightweight four and a pair.


For the first time, the varsity eight race has been split into two sections—the Division I scholarship crews and a Division II-III contest...In the latter, Pinkerton’s top crew will square off with the likes of Western Washington, Humboldt State, Seattle Pacific and Sonoma State in what shapes up as an extremely competitive event...The novice eight, coached by former Triton rowers Liz Record and Liz Jones, remains undefeated in dual competition this season and past UCSD lightweight boats have traditionally been very competitive.


The novices engaged in a final tune-up Saturday at Newport, routing Chapman by 28 seconds in the eight and defeating Claremont in the lightweight four...The second novice eight ran second to Chapman.



Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team finished the season with a seventh place performance at the CCAA Championship at Hunter Ranch Golf Course in Paso Robles...It was a drop of two places from the Tritons’ 2005 placement...UCSD posted a three-round total of 918, 27 strokes behind Cal State Bakersfield which grabbed its fifth consecutive CCAA title.


Senior Robbie Kramer was the Tritons’ top finisher, compiling a nine-over par 225 on the 6,741-yd., par 72 layout, good for 15th place...Senior Justin Grant, who carded a final round 75, was next in line at 228 (24th) place, followed by senior Ryo Yamada (231/T27th)...Rounding things out for UCSD were Luke Leveillee (237/T30th) and Noah Moss (237/T30th)...Kramer's second round 71 was UCSD's best single 18 of the tourney.



Some final notes and numbers from the 2006 Men’s Volleyball season...The Tritons’ two victories came against Princeton and Stanford...Individual leaders included seniors Chris Sayers and Daze, who were 1-2 in both kills (282-265) and aces (24-20), and sophomores Stephen Shaw (.354) and John Mark Wendler (.286) who were 1-2 in hitting percentage...Junior setter Brooks Dierdorff, the only player to start all 29 matches, showed his versatility by leading the club in assists (1,139), total blocks (66) and digs (138)...His assist total places him second on the all-time single season list.



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Friday, May 25
Swimming & Diving at Speedo Grand Challenge
All Day
Saturday, May 26
W Rowing at Grand Final
5:26 AM
Sarasota, FL
Track & Field at Day Three
7:30 AM
Charlotte, NC
Sunday, May 27
Baseball at Texas A&M Kingsville
12:00 PM
Cary, NC (USA Baseball National Training Complex)
Tuesday, May 29
Baseball at Columbus State/Mercyhurst
Cary, NC (USA Baseball National Training Complex)
Wednesday, May 30
Baseball at NCAA Championship
Cary, NC (USA Baseball National Training Complex)
Friday, June 01
M Rowing at Day One
All Day
Princeton, NJ
Saturday, June 02
M Rowing at Day Two
All Day
Princeton, NJ
Sunday, June 03
M Rowing at Day Three
All Day
Princeton, NJ
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