THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Mon., Apr. 20---Golf---UCSD at CCAA Championships---All Day
Tues., Apr. 21---Golf---UCSD at CCAA Championships---All Day
Thur., Apr. 23---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---3:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 24---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at WWPA Conference Championships---4:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 24---Track & Field---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---10:00 AM
Fri., Apr. 24---Softball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay (DH)---1:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 24---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---3:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 25---Track & Field---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---10:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 25---Softball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 25---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino (DH)---12:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 25---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at WWPA Conference Championships---All Day
Sun., Apr. 26---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at WWPA Conference Championships---All Day
BASEBALL FACES FOUR-GAME SERIES VS. CSUSB; CCAA RACE TIGHTENS
The sixth-ranked Baseball team, trying to strengthen its hold on first place in the CCAA, plays a four-game home-and-home series against eighth place Cal State San Bernardino (18-19/12-14) this weekend, starting with single contests in San Bernardino Thursday and Friday and finishing with a Saturday doubleheader in La Jolla...Coach Dan O’Brien’s Tritons split a four-game series with fourth place Cal State Dominguez Hills last week, each team winning its home games...They are now 27-10 overall, 21-7 in conference play and one game up on surging second place Sonoma State.
Sophomore Tim Shibuya turned in eight strong innings, giving us just six hits and one earned run as the Tritons grabbed game one of the Dominguez Hills series, 8-3, Thursday...It was win No. 6 for last year’s CCAA Freshman of the Year...Down, 2-0, after the Toros plated a pair of unearned runs in the first, the Tritons used two hit batsmen, a walk and a two singles to manufacture three third inning runs and take the lead for good...The second of right fielder Tim Mort’s three singles was the key knock in the rally, driving in two runs...Seniors Garrett Imeson and Matt Cantele each had two hits and scored twice, the former adding two steals to the mix, and junior Kellen Lee drilled his sixth homer of the year.
Junior right hander Matt Rossman was dominant on the hill a day later, stopping the Toros cold in a 6-1 Triton victory...Rossman went eight innings, allowing just five hits and whiffing six as UCSD won for the 17th time in 18 tries...Rossman got all the run support he’d need in the third...Shortstop Vance Albitz led off with a double, then singles by Evan Kehoe and Cantele and a Dominguez error produced three runs...Center fielder Robert Sedin had a double and two singles and sophomore Guido Knudson turned in a scoreless final frame for the second day in a row.
The news was not as rosy Saturday as the Toros twice used late rallies to sweep UCSD (8-5, 5-1)...In game one, Lee blasted a three-run homer in the second and after a Sedin solo shot in the fourth, the Tritons were cruising, 5-0, behind starter Kirby St. John...St. John put in five and a third serviceable innings but CSUDH scored in four straight at bats to chip away at and eventually take the lead while UCSD managed just four hits over the final five innings...In game two, senior Trevor Decker and the Toros’ David Fair were locked in a 1-1 pitching duel after five innings...In the sixth, however, Dominguez put a four-spot on the scoreboard against Decker and that was all she wrote...CSUDH had just seven hits on the day but UCSD mustered only six, two by Kehoe and none were for extra bases.
CCAA, NCAA TOURNEY BERTHS ON LINE FOR SOFTBALL AT MONTEREY BAY
Battling for one of the four spots in the CCAA Championship Tournament, Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team takes on second place Cal State Monterey Bay (32-23-1/18-10) in a pair of regular season-ending doubleheaders, Friday and Saturday in Monterey...The Tritons, 25-20 overall and 15-12 in conference action, after splitting four road games at Cal State Dominguez Hills last weekend, come into the Monterey Bay series tied for fourth place with Sonoma State...UCSD also has NCAA positioning at stake...Gerckens & Co. were ranked seventh in the West Region last week with Dominguez Hills one slot behind...The top eight teams go to the NCAA Regionals.
UCSD wasted an excellent outing by senior Lauren Chastain in dropping the series opener vs. CSU Dominguez Hills, 1-0, last Friday...Chastain allowed just six hits, but two of them, along with a walk, came in the fourth inning when the Toros pushed across the game’s lone run...Offensively, Jenni Habib and Jen DeFazio had the Tritons’ only two hits...The second game of the doubleheader proved to be turnabouts fair play as freshman Camille Gaito two-hit Dominguez and UCSD pounded 10 hits to prevail, 5-0...Sophomore Kristyn Lesovsky hit an opposite field homer to lead off the game and the Tritons added another tally in the first to take a quick, 2-0, lead...As Gaito mastered the Toros, UCSD added single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh to pull away...Habib and catcher Nicole Saari had two hits apiece.
The Toros got to both Gaito and Chastain in game one Saturday, posting a 6-3 win... Dominguez used three hits, two walks and a wild pitch to scored four runs in the fourth inning and Toro starter Regina Farfan had enough to keep UCSD at bay for her 24th win...UCSD recorded five hits, one a double by Habib, who scored two runs, and DeFazio had a pair of RBIs...The first of Lesovsky’s three hits keyed a three-run first inning that UCSD used as the catalyst for a 10-2 trouncing of the Toros in the nightcap...Lesovsky scored twice, drove in three and hit her team-leading eighth homer of the season...Habib also ripped three hits, Saari and Allison May had two RBIs each and Gaito sailed to her eighth win against one loss, tossing four and two-thirds scoreless innings before being picked up by Chastain...All told, the Tritons accumulated 15 hits.
MEN’S VOLLEYBALL FINISHES BEST-EVER SEASON WITH WIN
Coach Kevin Ring’s Men’s Volleyball team ended the 2009 season with a school record 13 wins overall, including an all-time best eight in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF)... Despite the new UCSD standards, the Tritons fell just short of making its first appearance in the MPSF Tournament, winding up in ninth place, on spot out of the final playoff position.
UCSD’s post-season hopes were dashed Friday night as No. 8 Long Beach State held off the Tritons, 3-1 (28-30, 30-26, 31-29, 30-28) at RIMAC Arena, in a match that was certainly up for grabs from start to finish...Junior Frank Fritsch was a stalwart for UCSD, firing up fans and teammates with 20 kills, while senior middle blocker Gerald Houseman chipped in with 13 and junior Jason Spangler added 12...The 49ers out-hit the Tritons, .282-.191, but the blocking stats were close, LB prevailing, 16.5-15.5...Sophomore middle blocker Calvin Ross had seven block assists and three service aces.
The 10th-ranked Tritons closed the campaign on a high note Saturday, routing Grand Canyon (30-12, 30-10, 30-20)...It was all about the seniors as Aaron Hedland posted a team high 16 aces while hitting .323, followed by Houseman with nine...UCSD’s third senior, libero Eric Leserman led UC with six digs, giving him 218 for the year and upping his school record career total to 885....The Tritons hit a blistering .451 compared to just .025 for Grand Canyon and beat the Antelopes at the net, 10-3.
WATER POLO TO OPEN WWPA TOURNEY AGAINST SONOMA STATE
It’s on to the WWPA Championships at for the Women’s Water Polo team, which split its final two regular season contests, pummeling Chapman, 20-8, and then falling to No. 7 San Diego State in the annual Harper Cup clash, 14-7...Those results left the Tritons at 10-19 on the year...They will enter the WWPA tourney as the No. 4 seed, taking on fifth-seeded Sonoma State in Friday’s first round at Santa Clara...The winner takes on the team advancing from the game between No.1 seed Loyola Marymount and a play-in opponent...The championship tilt will be Sunday at 2:00 PM...The WWPA champion earns an automatic bid into the NCAA Championships, slated for May 8-10 at College Park, MD...UCSD defeated Sonoma State, 7-6, in the only meeting between the two schools this year.
Senior Sydney Gstettenbauer rifled home seven goals in the Tritons’ runaway win at Chapman...Juniors Stephanie Heinrich and Audra Bloom were good for three apiece and Kelsey Schultz had two for UCSD...Saturday was a different story, however, as SDSU scored seven of the first eight goals to handily take the Harper Cup for the eighth straight time...Gstettenbauer led UCSD with four scores, giving her 72 on the season.
UCSD HEADS TO PASO ROBLES FOR CCAA GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
Hunter Ranch Golf Club in Paso Robles will be the venue today and tomorrow as Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team battles for the 2009 CCAA Championship in a 54-hole, eight-team showdown...Thirty-six holes will be played today with the final 18 Tuesday...Five of the teams are ranked among the top eight in the region and Sonoma State is the defending champion.
With sophomore Keith Okasaki and senior Billy Olsen leading the way, UCSD finished eighth at the 16-team Hanny Stanislaus Invitational last week at Turlock Country Club...The Tritons were 43 strokes behind front-running host Cal State Stanislaus in the 54-hole tourney and would have needed to be 14 strokes better to reach the fifth spot...Okasaki wound up tied for 16th, firing a 10-over par 226 on the 6.641-yd., par 72 course...Olsen was three strokes back, tied for 24th...Next in line were Justin Gabbert (t36th/229), Raj Samra (T51st/240) and Austin Alfonso (T56th/243).
RAINWATER SETS TWO RECORDS; TRITON TRACK & FIELD INVITE THIS WEEKEND
Track & Field takes center stage this weekend as UCSD hosts more than a 1,000 competitors at the annual Triton Invitational...Events will run both Friday and Saturday...Coach Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner continued to see big performances from their charges as three school marks were bettered last week.
Thursday, at the Azusa/Mt. SAC Heptathlon, junior Linda Rainwater erased her own school mark by accumulating 5,104 pts. while winning the six-discipline event...Sophomore Stephanie LeFever also had a big day, posting a personal best of 4,829 points, which also happens to be No. 2 all-time at UCSD and an automatic NCAA D-II qualifying mark.
Rainwater was at it again Saturday, clearing 5-8.75 in the high jump at the Beach Invitational in Cerritos to again improve a school record already in her possession...Sophomore Bre Schofield added to the record assault, clocking 4:29.67 to knock Mimi Hodgins out of UCSD’s top spot while finishing fourth in the 1,500...Other impressive outings were produced by Casey Ryan (high jump/2nd/6-8.75), Donna LeFever (pole vault/T2nd/12-1.5) and the women’s 4x400 relay quartet of Katie Skorupa, Deyna Roberson, Laiah Blue and Anna Lee McGregor which finished second in 3:49.97...Blue was also stellar in both hurdles, high steppign to third in the 100 (13.76) and fourth in the 400 (1:02.09)...Senior Gabe LaMothe, in sixth, was the best of three Tritons in the top ten of the 5,000 (15:30.92).
UCSD TOWERS OVER MEN'S FIELD AT NEWPORT REGATTA
For the first time since 1998, the Men's Crew captured the varsity eight title at the Newport Invitational, turning that trick Saturday at the 44th edition of the venerable regatta...The boat, powered by Andrew Hilton, Ryan Andre, Jay Dee Morgan, Jeff Collett, Kris Grey, Nathan Morgan, Karam Badran and Justin Gordon and coxed by Cameran Bittucci knocked off runner-up USD by nearly three seconds...The field, which also included UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine, appeared anxious to test the Tritons early and after 500 meters, UCSD was sitting in the fourth position...Coach Zach Johnson's outfit asserted itself in the second quarter of the race, pulling into the lead, then opened the gap in the third quarter and held on for the victory...UCSD also won the JV Eight, the first time a Triton crew has taken both varsity and JV races at Newport, and for good measure claimed second in the novice eight.
Next up is the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships, May 2-3 in Sacramento...Last Sunday's San Diego City Championships, which UCSD has won five consecutive times, was canceled due to scheduling conflicts on the course.
WOMEN’S CREW TUNES UP FOR WIRA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s Women’s Crew will prep for next week’s Western Intercollegiate Rowing
Assn. (WIRA) Championships with a Saturday scrimmage against Division I San Diego State on Mission Bay...The Tritons slated match-up with San Diego State and USD in 2009 S.D. City Championships last Sunday was canceled due to scheduling conflicts on the course.
WOMEN’S TENNIS ROUNDS OUT PERFECT CCAA SEASON; NCAA NEXT
Coach Liz LaPlante’s 10th-ranked Women’s Tennis team, a sixth straight CCAA title (eighth in nine years) in hand, now awaits a rematch with Hawaii-Hilo in the first round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs...It is expected that the second encounter of the season between these two teams will take place, Saturday, May 9 on UCSD’s North Courts...The Tritons edged the Vulcans, 5-4, when they met in La Jolla, March 8.
Using wins in two-of-three doubles matches as a catalyst, UCSD topped visiting crosstown NAIA rival Point Loma, 6-3, Wednesday...Natalie Varnay and Anita Athavale at No. 2 and Tessa Tran and Valerie Tang at No. 3 procured the doubles points and Tang, Tran and Roxy Pourmizaie rolled to straight set singles triumphs at Nos. 4-6...Sophomore Taskeen Bains prevailed, 11-9, in the third set at No. 2 singles to earn the Tritons’ final point.
UCSD closed out the regular season and its sixth consecutive undefeated season in CCAA play with a 9-0 whitewash of host Cal Poly Pomona Saturday...There was little drama in the Tritons’ 59th consecutive CCAA triumph even though No. 1 singles player Natalie Varnay was sidelined by the flu...Senior Ina Dan teamed with Bains to capture No. 1 doubles, 9-7, and then filled in for Varnay at No. 1 singles with a 6-3, 6-0 rout of CPP's Julie Trendt...Following Dan on the singles ladder were Bains, Athevale, Tang, Tran and Pourmirzaie...Athavale and Tran were forced to tiebreaker scenarios...Tang/Tran and Athavale/Katie Mulloy snagged the 2-3 doubles points.
MEN’S TENNIS WINS TWO THRILLERS; WAITS FOR NCAA BID
UCSD secured its spot in the NCAA D-II Regionals, rebuffing an upset bid by host Sonoma State, 5-4, Friday...After losing two of the three doubles match-ups, the Tritons got straight set singles victories at 4-through-6 from Naveen Dixit, Chapman Chan, Jake Fellow and Sam Ling to put away the Seawolves...Dixit and Ling combined for an 8-4 triumph at No. 3 doubles.
There were more theatrics Saturday but the same result as UCSD nipped Division III power UC Santa Cruz, 5-4...After claiming two of the three doubles points, courtesy of Negishi-Elliott at No. 1 and Dixit-Ling at No. 3, UCSD soon found itself training, 4-3, as Santa Cruz came out on top in three of the first four singles matches (Dixit’s straight set win at No. 2 being the only UCSD point)...Negishi gutted out a 7-6 (7-2) third set triumph at No. 1 singles to knot the score and then freshman Fellow turned away four match points before finally taking a 2-6, 9-7, 7-6 (7-2) decision.
The victories left UCSD with a final regular season mark of 12-10 and Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s squad now awaits its fate in terms of the NCAA Playoffs...It is expected UCSD will play in Hawaii, May 7-8.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk will feature Head Men's Track & Field Coach Tony Salerno as well as junior heptathlon/high jump record holder Linda Rainwater...Additionally, host Craig Elsten will be catching up with Women's Water Polo star Sydney Gstettenbauer.
A few slots are still available in the 16th annual Triton Athletic Associates Golf Tournament, scheduled for Monday, May 18 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club...For more information on foursomes and sponsorship, call (858) 534-8460...The date for UC San Diego's Homecoming 2009 will be Saturday, Oct. 18...More information will be forthcoming shortly and an event web page will be available.
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