Thu., May 4---Track & Field---UCSD hosts CCAA Championships---
Fri., May 5---Track & Field---UCSD hosts CCAA Championships---
Fri., May 5---Softball---UCSD at SonomaState (DH)---
Fri., May 5---Baseball---UCSD vs. CalStateMontereyBay---
Sat., May 6---Track & Field---UCSD hosts CCAA Championships---
Sat., May 6---Softball---UCSD at San FranciscoState (DH)---
Sat., May 6---Baseball---UCSD vs. CalStateMontereyBay (DH)---
Sun., May 7---Baseball---UCSD vs. CalStateMontereyBay---
CCAA TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS HERE STARTING THURSDAY
UCSD will host the 2006 CCAA Track & Field Championships, Thursday through Saturday, at Triton Track & Field Stadium...Thursday will be the first day of decathlon and heptathlon competition...Those two events will wrap up Friday which will also feature a number of prelims as well as finals in the men’s hammer, shot put, long jump and 10,000 m. and the women’s long jump, discus, javelin, 3,000 m. and 10,000 m....The remaining finals will go Saturday...Admission will be charged for Friday and Saturday sessions.
Coach Tony Salerno’s Triton women are defending CCAA champions while the men will be trying to improve on a third place finish last spring...Based upon qualifying times, the women would have to be among this year’s favorites and the men hope to push 2005 champion Chico State...UCSD senior Mimi Hodgins is the defending loop titlist in the 800 m. and Mike Cunningham will be shooting for a second consecutive win in the 110 high hurdles.
Hodgins is penciled in to run the 800, 1,500 and 3,000 and will be a threat to win any of the three...Other potential female winners include senior Briana Hinga, top-rated in both the high jump and javelin, sophomore Laiah Blue in both hurdle events, pole vaulter Madeleine Flint and jumpers Elisa Holiday and Whitney Johnson...The 4x400 relay team is also ranked No. 1 coming in...On the men’s side, Cunningham will be on the line in both hurdles races while senior teammate Jon Patton will join him in the high sticks and could take the 200 m. as well...Another senior Brad Libuit is seeded second in both the 100 m. and javelin as are Matt Borzage and Carl Lostrom in the 400 m. and steeplechase respectively ...Freshman Daniel Byrne has top clearance in the always hard to handicap pole vault.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO FINISHES FOURTH AT WWPA TOURNEY
Coach Larry Sanders’ 15th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team saw an up-and-down season come to a premature end with a fourth place finish at the Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championship tournament, hosted at Canyonview Pool last weekend...UCSD concluded its season with a 15-15 record.
In a game that wasn’t quite as close as the 6-5 score would indicate, the Tritons nipped Cal State San Bernardino in the WWPA opener Friday...Senior Flynn LaRochelle staked UCSD to a 2-0 lead with a pair of nifty first period goals and junior Britta Nordstrom deposited two man-up tallies in the second to give the Tritons a 4-2 advantage at the break...Judy Emaus corralled a pair of third period rebounds and turned them into scores to make it 6-3 with one period to go...San Bernardino hung tough and things got dicey when the Coyotes closed to within a goal with 1:20 remaining, but the UCSD defense stiffened to secure the victory.
The Tritons played less than their best game the next day but it may have taken a perfect effort to beat top-seeded Loyola Marymount which prevailed, 9-4...UCSD struck first, junior Natalie Hockett hitting from up top in a 6-on-5 scenario, but the Lions scored the next four...Senior Kirsten Frazer’s backhander from close range made it 4-2 at halftime...LMU owned the second half...The defending conference champs hit for the first two goals of the third quarter and after another Hockett man-up tally made it 6-3, they added another trio to salt it away.
In Sunday’s third place game, the Tritons dug themselves an early hole, then rallied to tie it late, only to see Santa Clara earn an ejection and score in the waning seconds for a 6-5 decision...Hockett was a shining light for UCSD, scoring a natural hat trick in the first half to bring the Tritons back from a 3-0 deficit...Second-seeded UC Davis topped defending champ LMU in the title game to earn a berth in the NCAA Championships... The Tritons placed three on the All-WWPA team...Goalie Kaitlin Foe and senior Michelle Perkins were first team choices while Hockett garneredhonorable mention status.
MEN’S TENNIS AIMS FOR THIRD STRAIGHT “SWEET 16” BERTH
Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s 18th-ranked Men’s Tennis team bids for one of the 16 slots at the NCAA Division II Championships when it takes on No. 36 Sonoma State, Saturday at North View Courts...Start time is 11:00 AM.
The Tritons go into Saturday’s match with a 13-9 mark...They are a perfect, 7-0, against Division II opponents, including a pair of victories (9-0 and 6-3) over Sonoma State...Expected to play Nos. 1-6 singles are Brent Molden, Eric Rubens, Blake Meister, Erik Oijala, Kazumi Negishi and Ramesh Thandapu...Oijala-Meister, Molden-Oechel and Rubens-Negishi figure to be the doubles combos...This is UCSD’s fifth consecutive time in the NCAA Tournament and Steidlmayer’s crew will be looking for a third straight trip to the Championship round...The last two years, they have lost to the eventual national champ.
WOMEN’S TENNIS FACES HAWAII-HILO IN NCAA REGIONAL FINAL
Coach Liz LaPlante’s Women’s Tennis team will be off to Hawaii, Tuesday, where it will tangle with No. 14 Hawaii-Hilo in a Thursday second round match of the NCAA West Regional ...The 18th-ranked Tritons (14-7) earned their trip to Hilo with a resounding, 5-0, first round shellacking of Sonoma State, Saturday on the North View Courts...UCSD lost a 5-4 regular season decision to Hawaii-Hilo in La Jolla.
Saturday’ match against SonomaState was decided quickly as the Tritons swept the three doubles matches by a combined score of 24-10...No. 1 singles player Marsha Malinow watched as singles wins at No. 2 by Ina Dan and No. 3 by Kristin Bronowicki cinched the contest.
LaPlante was named the CCAA’s Coach of the Year when the conference handed out its post-season awards...Sophomore Malinow was selected to the first team All-CCAA and Dan was recognized as Freshman of the Year...Dan was also a second team all-conference choice, joined on that squad by junior Katie McKee and sophomore Molly Sullens...Interestingly (political word choice), Sonoma State placed four players on the All-CCAA first team.
TRITONS SWEEP FOUR ON ROAD; CLOSE REGULAR SEASON AT HOME
With its back facing the proverbial wall, the Baseball team responded like the defending conference champion it is, sweeping at four-game series at San Francisco State to vault back into the CCAA championship race as well as conference and NCAA post-season consideration...Coach Dan O’Brien’s club, now 30-22 overall, 19-13 in conference play and third in the CCAA standings, plays its final regular season series this weekend when Cal State Monterey Bay comes to town for four games starting Friday afternoon...The Otters recently won two-of-three from the Tritons in a non-conference encounter in Monterey.
The Tritons piled up 13 hits Tuesday but an eight-hit, nine run second inning proved fatal in a 13-7 home loss to Grand Canyon...UCSD sent eight hurlers to the mound and three errors led to five unearned runs...DH Scott Clement was the hitting star in defeat, going 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs.
Friday’s series opener at San Francisco State was a wild one as UCSD piled up an 11-0 lead after two and a half innings but had to hang on to hold off the Gators, 13-9...UCSD ripped 18 hits, four each by senior Damian Fante and freshman Matt Cantele...Cantele and Jonathan Erickson both cracked home runs and combined to drive in seven of the Tritons’ 13 runs...T.C. Geach didn’t surrender an earned run in five and two-thirds innings of relief to notch the win but O’Brien had to call on senior Byron Grubman, normally a starter, to close it out in the ninth.
The first game of Saturday’s doubleheader had a similar storyline...The Tritons jetted to a 9-2 lead but needed Grubman to get his second straight save in a 9-7 win...Clement had another big game, going 4-for-4 and freshman second baseman Garrett Imeson had two hits, one a home run while scoring twice and driving in three...Freshman Jon Durkeet got the start and gave up just two runs in six-plus innings to collect his second victory...In game two, freshman Trevor Decker provided a respite for O’Brien’s beleaguered pitching staff, tossing a complete game six-hitter for a 5-3 win, his sixth of the year...Down, 2-0, early, this time it was the Tritons bouncing back...They manufactured a run on just one hit, David Morehead’s single, in the fourth, then a triple by Fante and a single by right fielder David Gomez produced a pair in the fifth that put them up for good...Morehead and shortstop Josh Tanner had two hits apiece.
Grubman got the start in the getaway game Sunday and produced six strong innings as UCSD won, 11-2...It was his sixth win of the year and 23rd of his career, tying a school record...The Tritons accumulated 13 hits with Clement (13th) and Morehead (11th) both going yard...Those two, as well as Imeson, Erickson and John Roth all had a pair of hits.
SOFTBALL TAKES 3-OF-4 IN LATE SEASON SURGE
Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team inched its record closer to the .500 mark with three wins in four games last week and will take a 26-27 season mark into the final weekend of the regular season...UCSD travels to SonomaState and San FranciscoState for doubleheaders Friday and Saturday.
The Tritons split a re-scheduled Wednesday doubleheader at Cal State San Bernardino, falling, 4-0, in game one but coming back to grab the nightcap, 12-8...The blue & gold were shut out on four hits in the opener with freshman first sacker Jenni Habib accounting for half ofthose...UCSD doubled its hit total in game two and combined that with seven walks and a pair of Coyote errors to post its biggest offensive output (runs) since scoring 13 against Sonoma State in late February...Freshman center fielder Katie Levien, part of a significantly revamped second game lineup, was the hitting star, going 3-for-3 with a walk, scoring two and driving in five...Her big blow was a “no doubt” two-run homer in the fourth...Freshman starter Lauren Chastain went four-plus innings to record the win.
Friday, UCSD closed out its 2006 home schedule in fine fashion, sweeping Grand Canyon, 3-2 and 5-1...The Tritons used a three-run seventh inning rally to snatch the opener away from the Antelopes...Trailing by three, with two outs and the bases loaded in the final frame, back-to-back singles by senior Jenny Spencer and freshman Allison May cleared the bases and propelled UCSD to victory...Spencer had three of UCSD’s 10 hits, half of which came in the decisive seventh...Chastain had one of her best outings of the season, a complete game, seven-hitter, while accruing win No. 4...The Tritons jumped on GCU for five runs in the first two innings and cruised behind Melissa Ward’s complete game, seven-hit, six-strikeout performance in game two...UC picked up another 10 hits, three by third baseman Liz Vazquez...Levien added two and drove in a pair.
MEN’S CREW WINS OVERALL WIRA CROWN
On Sacramento’s Lake Natoma, the Men’s Crew team made history over the weekend, capturing the overall points title at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships for the first time...All five Triton boats posted top three finishes to barely lift UCSD above second place Loyola Marymount and third place UC Davis in the final standings.
The varsity eight streaked to a second place finish behind Colorado, clocking 5:58 for the 2,000 m, three seconds behind the winners....The second varsity eight was also second while the novice eight, second novice eight and pair were all third...The novice eight was a scant three seconds behind first place Orange Coast College with a stellar time of 5:55.
WOMEN’S CREW CONTINUES IMPROVEMENT AT WIRA; NCAA BERTH ON LINE AT PCRCs
Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s Women’s Crew team put six boats grand finals Sunday at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships, Sunday on Sacramento’s LakeNatoma...It was a good prep for this weekend when the Tritons will return to LakeNatoma for the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships (PCRCs) which serves as an NCAA Division II Championship qualifier.
Last weekend, the UCSD varsity eight logged a second place finish in the D-II race behind Sonoma State but ahead of Humboldt State and Puget Sound among others...The novice eight was also second, rowing an impressive race that came up just short of winner Gonzaga...The varsity four was sixth in the open race and most importantly overlapped the nation’s top-rated D-II team, Western Washington in a solid performance ...Rounding things out, the novice lightweight four and second novice eight were both fifth and the pair was sixth.