THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Mon., Mar. 30---Golf---UCSD at Grand Canyon Invitational---All Day
Tue., Mar. 31---Golf---UCSD at Grand Canyon Invitational---All Day
Thu., Apr. 2---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Point Loma---2:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 3---Softball---UCSD at Mizuno Tournament of Champions---All Day
Fri., Apr. 3---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Fresno Pacific---2:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 3---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Fresno Pacific---4:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 3---Baseball---UCSD at Chico State---6:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 3---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Pacific---7:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 4---Softball---UCSD at Mizuno Tournament of Champions---All Day
Sat., Apr. 4---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at Santa Clara Invitational---All Day
Sat., Apr. 4---Crew---UCSD at San Diego Crew Classic---7:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 4---Track & Field---UCSD at Mangrum Classic---10:00 AM
Sat. Apr. 4---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---11:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 4---Baseball---UCSD at Chico State (DH)---Noon
Sat., Apr. 4---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Stanford---7:00 PM
Sun., Apr. 5---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at Santa Clara Invitational---All Day
Sun., Apr. 5---Women’s Crew---UCSD at NW Collegiate Rowing Champ.---7:00 AM
Sun., Apr. 5---Crew---UCSD at San Diego Crew Classic---7:00 AM
Sun., Apr. 5---Baseball---UCSD at Chico State---Noon
SPIKERS LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK AT HOME VS. PACIFIC, STANFORD
Coach Kevin Ring’s Men’s Volleyball team returns to RIMAC Arena for a crucial weekend of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) action, hosting Pacific (3-21/0-15) Friday and No. 7 Stanford (16-8/9-6) Saturday...The ninth-ranked Tritons come in 10-12 overall and 6-11 in conference play after absorbing a pair of road losses last week...The Tritons fell to ninth place in the MPSF standings, one game out of post-season tournament position after UCLA knocked off BYU Friday night to move into eighth place.
On March 7, UCSD took No. 3 Pepperdine down to the wire before losing a five-set thriller at RIMAC Arena...The going was considerably tougher last Thursday in Malibu as the Waves cruised past the Tritons, 3-0 (30-26, 30-20, 30-13)...Junior Jason Spangler led UCSD with 11 kills but as a team the Tritons hit just .085 compared to Pepperdine’s .475 and the hosts dominated the blocking stats, 14.5-2.
The Tritons made a better showing Saturday but the results were unchanged as host USC, a team UCSD had knocked off 3-1 in La Jolla three weeks earlier, hung a 3-0 (30-25, 30-26, 30-27) loss on the visitors...Junior Frank Fritsch smacked 12 kills and had three of UCSD’s five aces and middle blocker Gerald Houseman added 10 kills, but the Tritons were never able to get over the hump...USC out-hit (.326-.227) and out-blocked (14.5-8) UCSD.
BASEBALL TEAM ROUTS S.F. STATE; CHICO STATE ROAD TRIP ON TAP
Looking solid in all aspects, Coach Dan O’Brien’s sixth-ranked Baseball team brushed aside visiting San Francisco State last weekend, out-scoring the Gators, 40-14, in a four-game sweep...The Tritons, now 19-7 overall, 16-4 in the CCAA and three games up on second place Sonoma State in a tight-packed conference race, head north for a big four-game set with always tough Chico State (20-13/11-9), starting Friday...The Wildcats are seventh in the CCAA.
Senior Garrett Imeson went 4-for-5 and drove in two as UCSD drubbed SFSU, 10-3, in the series opener Friday behind right hander Tim Shibuya...The Tritons scored three in the second and five more in the third to put this one away early...Center fielder Robert Sedin and third baseman Josh Tanner both went 3-for-4...Sedin scored three times, Tanner twice and each picked up a pair of RBIs...Shibuya logged six innings, giving up just one earned run while whiffing six for his third win.
All phases remained in high gear during Saturday’s doubleheader...UCSD plated seven runs in the first two innings of game one en route to a 12-2 triumph...First baseman Brandon Gregorich was 3-for-5 with two runs batted in while Evan Kehoe and Vance Albitz posted identical 2-for-4, two run, two RBI lines...Kehoe jacked a two-run homer...The beneficiary was right hander Matt Rossman who secured his fifth victory with five and a third innings of three-hit pitching...Although he didn’t throw a second consecutive no-hitter, senior righty Trevor Decker had more than enough to stifle the Gators, 10-2, in the second game...He surrendered just five hits and struck out four while going six innings...The offense kept on humming with 15 hits, two each from seven different players...Imeson tied the UCSD career record with his 257th hit, DH Matt Cantele drilled a pair of doubles and catcher Kellen Lee parked his fifth homer of the year...UCSD led early but supplied the knockout punch with five runs in the fifth.
O’Brien’s club piled up another 15 hits in Sunday’s finale but unlike the first three games, they were all essential as the Tritons had to hold off a late SFSU rally for an 8-7 conquest...It appeared to be another rout early as the first four UCSD batters reached base in a three-run first inning...The Tritons extended the lead to 5-0 but the Gators narrowed the advantage to one run after seven innings...They were never able to get even, however...The first of Imeson’s two doubles handed him the UCSD all-time hits mark, Tanner continued his torrid hitting with a 3-for-3 afternoon and Kehoe went 2-for-3 with three RBIs...Junior Kirby St. John got the start but was pulled after running into trouble in the fifth...Reliever Sean Greer upped his record to 5-0, winning out of the bullpen, and sophomore Guido Knudson cleaned things up for his sixth save.
SOFTBALL SWEEPS CHICO STATE; TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS NEXT
Rolling after a four-game road sweep of Chico State, Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team takes a respite from conference play, heading back to Northern California for the Mizuno Tournament of Champions, Friday and Saturday in Turlock...The Tritons (18-12), winners in six of their last eight, will face Chaminade (9:15 AM) and Dixie State (11:30 AM) on Friday then hook up with Grand Canyon (9:15 AM), Notre Dame de Namur (11:30 AM) and Hawaii Pacific (2:15 PM) on the tourney’s final day...They have inched up to third and are just half a game out of second in the league standings.
Seniors Allison May and Lauren Chastain were instrumental in UCSD’s, 3-1, victory in Friday’s opener...May’s two-run fourth inning single made a winner out of Chastain who turned in a complete game, eight-hit pitching performance...UCSD had just four hits in the game but made them count, scoring its final run on a two out single by another senior, Jenni Habib, in the sixth...The Tritons pounded out nine hits in game two and needed them all, rebounding from an early, 3-0, deficit to record a 6-3 win...Gerckens’ club tied it with three in the fourth, the big blow a bases loaded single by senior left fielder Megan Grace...With the contest still knotted at three, the Tritons erupted for three more in the seventh inning...Right fielder Kristyn Lesovsky led off with her third homer of the year, followed by a Mandy Eliades double and a run-scoring single by Nicole Saari...Later in the inning sophomore Sarah Woofter, back in the lineup following an injury, doubled home May with the final run...The winner in this one was freshman Camille Gaito, also bouncing back from an injury, who blanked the Wildcats for five and two-thirds innings in relief of starter Christine Zankich...It was her second win of the year...Lesovsky, Grace and Saari each had two hits.
Saturday’s twinbill followed a similar pattern with the Tritons eking out game one, 2-1, Chastain going the distance for her 10th win, and then getting increased offensive production in a 4-2 conquest in the nightcap...Chastain spotted Chico State a first inning run but was in command from that point...UCSD tied it in the fourth when Habib got aboard on a walk, worked her way to third and scored on a wild pitch...In like fashion, the Tritons got the game-winner in the sixth, Saari leading off with a single, getting advanced to third and crossing the plate on a Woofter ground out...Zankich and Gaito were again a triumphant combo in game two, Zankich going four-plus for her third win and Gaito notching her first save with 2.2 more scoreless innings out of the bullpen...UCSD got three of its eight hits and scored all of its runs in the fourth inning...The crucial knock was a two-out, two-RBI single by Eliades...Second baseman Jen DeFazio had two hits, scored one and drove in one.
TRITONS SHINES AT CAL-NEVADA TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Two school records fell and a final event point grab vaulted the UCSD women to a fifth place team finish in an impressive weekend of performances at the Cal-Nevada Track & Field Championships hosted by UCLA...The Tritons will compete this Saturday at the Cal State San Marcos Mangrum Invitational.
The Cal-Nevada event, which annually brings together much of the top collegiate talent in the two states, was definitely a showcase for Coach Darcy Ahner's UCSD women...A third place finish in the closing 4x400 relay (3:47.50) allowed the Tritons to leapfrog three teams and claim fifth place with 50 points, matching last year's position...They trailed only four Division I opponents headed by first place UCLA...UCSD had a bevy of outstanding individual efforts, highlighted by junior Christine Merrill's school record 58.86 in the 400 hurdles...The time clipped more than half a second off her existing standard and was an NCAA D-II qualifying mark...Senior Laiah Blue was eighth in the same race and also took eighth in the 100 hurdles (14.13)...Other scorers for the women were Linda Rainwater (2nd/high jump/5-7), Stephanie LaFever (3rd/long jump/18-10.75), Brianna Schofield (3rd/1,500/4:32.76), Danielle Thu (5th/hammer/178-8) and Kelly Fogarty (6th/100/12.10).
The standout for Coach Tony Salerno's men was senior Scott Tsuda who bettered his own school record in the triple jump by eight inches, leaping 48-10.75 and placing second...Like Merrill, his mark earned him an NCAA D-II Championship berth...The Tritons' only other point scorers were Nick Morilla (5th/shot put/52-6.75) and Casey Ryan (6th/high jump/6-8.75)...They accounted for 17 points and wound up tied for 12th in the team standings, second among the non-Division I entries.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO AT SANTA CLARA TOURNEY THIS WEEKEND
Looking to get back on track after a rough week that included three losses in four games and the news that junior starter and 2008 All-WWPA selection Stephanie Bocian will likely miss the remainder of the season with a broken finger, the Women’s Water Polo team heads to Northern California for the Santa Clara Invitational...The Tritons will square off against No. 6 San Jose State (10:40 AM) and Sonoma State (4:00 PM) on Saturday then challenge Colorado State (8:00 AM) and No. 20 host Santa Clara (2:40 PM) the next day...UCSD will bring a 7-14 record into the Santa Clara event.
Tuesday at Canyonview, Coach Larry Sanders’ team battled No. 1 Stanford tough before capitulating, 11-5...Junior Stephanie Heinrich and senior Sydney Gstettenbauer scored the first two goals of the game and the score was tied at three in mid-second period, but from that point, the top-ranked Cardinal asserted its dominance...Friday, the verdict was in early against No. 2 USC as the Trojans netted six unanswered goals out of the gate on the way to a 21-5 victory...Gstettenbauer and Heinrich found the cage twice each and Nadine Shnayderman accounted for the other score.
The 16th-ranked Tritons split two games at the one-day Roadrunner II Tournament Saturday in Bakersfield...They fell, 12-6, to 19th-ranked Cal State Bakersfield in game one...The two teams battled to a 4-4 standoff in the first half but CSUB had its way in the second 16 minutes, outscoring UCSD, 8-2, as the Tritons misfired on all but one of 12 man-up opportunities during the contest...Heinrich led the Tritons with three goals...It was UCSD asserting itself late in the second game, a 9-7 decision over Brown...Down, 3-2, after one quarter, Sanders got goals from Gstettenbauer and Jessica Tran in the second quarter to grab its first lead...Brown tied it at six in the third but the Tritons got consecutive tallies from freshman Kristen Bates, Gstettenbauer and Hanalei Crowell to close it out...Gstettenbauer finished with three goals while Tran and Audra Bloom had two apiece.
WOMEN’S CREW FACES TOP COMPETITION IN WASHINGTON SUNDAY
On the heels of a heavy spring break training load, the Women’s Rowing team had mixed results at Saturday’s Berg Cup in Newport Beach, the squad’s final prep for this Sunday’s Northwest Collegiate Rowing Championships, a major steppingstone to an NCAA Championship berth.
Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s varsity eight was in the thick of things early but faded in the second half of its race to finish fourth, behind USD, Orange Coast College and UC Irvine...The second varsity eight was second to OCC, the novice eight placed third but showed significant gains against common opponents from previous races and the second novice eight grabbed a runner-up spot...Racing lightweight crews in the fours, the varsity claimed third and the novice boat fourth.
While its novice group competes at the annual San Diego Crew Classic, Pinkerton and her varsity roster will square off against defending NCAA titlist Western Washington, Dowling and Rollins, among others, at the NCRC event at Vancouver Lake, WA.
MEN’S CREW HOME FOR CREW CLASSIC AFTER STRONG NORCAL SHOWING
Coach Zach Johnson’s Men’s Crew will enter four boats in the 2009 San Diego Crew Classic, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday on Mission Bay...The Tritons will come into the Crew Classic on a high note, having won seven of eight races in last weekend’s Pac-10 Challenge at Redwood Shores outside of San Francisco.
Saturday, the Tritons swept three races each---varsity eight, JV eight and novice eight---from both UCLA and UC Davis and came back Sunday to top USC in a varsity eight encounter...The only loss came Sunday when the JV eight was defeated by the Cal lightweight varsity boat...The UCSD varsity eight, consisting of Andrew Hilton, Ryan Andre, Jay Dee Morgan, Jeff Collett, Kris Grey, Nathan Morgan, Karam Badran, Justin Gordon and coxswain Cameran Bittucci, posted margins of seven and four seconds over UCLA and UC Davis respectively and cruised to an open water triumph over USC.
At the Crew Classic, the Tritons’ V-8 will compete in the Cal Cup and meet UC Davis and USC again in their heat race, along with Notre Dame, Sacramento State and San Diego State...Johnson will also have a JV eight, novice eight and second novice eight in the field.
NO. 14 WOMEN’S TENNIS HOME VS. FRESNO PACIFIC, CAL STATE L.A.
Coach Liz LaPlante’s 14th-ranked Women’s Tennis team spent a rainy spring break in Florida, returning from the White Sands Invitational with one win, one loss and one match cancelled...After seeing last Thursday’s scheduled clash with Georgia College scratched due to heavy precipitation, the Tritons dropped a 6-3 decision Friday to sixth-ranked host West Florida before rebounding to shut out Delta State, 6-0, Saturday...No. 2 Ina Dan, No.4 Anita Athavale and No. 5 Valerie Tang each won singles points, Dan and Tang going to third set super-tiebreakers, but UCSD lost its chance at an upset by letting a pair of 6-3 leads slip away in doubles play...Rain also effected the Delta State match as delays allowed for only singles matches...That was no problem for the Tritons as Natalie Varnay, Dan, Taskeen Bains, Athavale, Tang and Tessa Tran all raced to straight set victories.
UCSD now returns home to face NAIA Fresno Pacific Friday before attempting to extend its 56-match CCAA winning streak Saturday against Cal State L.A...The Tritons season ledger is now 12-4 and they are 7-0 in CCAA action.
MEN’S TENNIS GETS PAIR OF D-II WINS; POINT LOMA HERE TUESDAY
Perhaps starting to play its best tennis of the year, Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s young Men’s Tennis team won two-of-three dual matches last week, one with significant post-season ramifications, and now starts its final stretch of the regular season, hosting tough NAIA foes Point Loma and Fresno Pacific this week...UCSD is now 7-8 on the season.
The Tritons roared out of finals with a 9-0 pasting of visiting Western New Mexico last Thursday...UCSD rolled through doubles with Kazumi Negishi/Erik Elliott, Chapman Chan/Armaun Emani and Vincent Nguyen/Brandon Stevenson doing the honors at 1-through-3 and didn’t drop a set in singles with Negishi, Nguyen, Naveen Dixit, Chan, Jake Fellow and Sam Ling getting wins.
Friday, Division I Dartmouth handed UCSD a 5-2 loss at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club...UCSD registered points at No. 3 doubles with Stevenson and Nguyen taking an 8-3 decision and from No. 3 Dixit and No. 6 Ling in singles, both prevailing in straight sets.
Saturday, the Tritons recorded an impressive, 8-1, triumph over visiting Sonoma State...The match was key as the Seawolves are expected to be UCSD’s primary competition for the fourth and final NCAA Regional Playoff berth...The Tritons swept the three doubles points and Nguyen, Dixit and Ling were all double winners, copping singles points as well.
Listen to Coach Eric Steidlmayer's comments following Saturday's win over Sonoma State.
NEWS & NOTES
Coach Heidi Runyan’s Fencing team finished 17th at the NCAA Championships hosted by Penn State, Mar. 19-22...The Tritons placed 13th a year ago...The top performer for UCSD was sophomore Ben Dorn who garnered ninth in men’s foil, up nine spaces from his 2008 slot...Junior Pilar Alicea snagged 12th in women’s foil...UCSD’s other three qualifiers---Michael Fong (men’s foil), Jon Ott (men’s saber) and Alicia Trigeiro (women’s saber)---all finished 24th.
The Golf team is back in action at the 54-hole Grand Canyon Invitational, starting today at Palm Valley Country Club in Phoenix..
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