Release: Sunday 04/26/2009 
Tim Shibuya and the Triton Baseball team shoot for a first-ever CCAA regular season title this week.
Tim Shibuya and the Triton Baseball team shoot for...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios


Thur., Apr. 30---Track & Field---UCSD at CCAA Championships---All Day
Thur., Apr. 30---Baseball---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---3:00 PM
Thur., Apr. 30---Softball---UCSD at CCAA Championships---7:00 PM

Fri., May 1---Track & Field---UCSD at CCAA Championships---All Day
Fri., May 1---Softball---UCSD at CCAA Championships---TBA
Fri., May 1---Baseball---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---3:00 PM

Sat., May 2---Track & Field---UCSD at CCAA Championships---All Day
Sat., May 2---Softball---UCSD at CCAA Championships---TBA
Sat., May 2---Crew---UCSD at WIRA Championships---7:00 AM
Sat., May 2---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona (DH)---Noon

Sun., May 3---Crew---UCSD at WIRA Championships---7:00 AM

Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team “stepped up to the plate,” literally and figuratively, on the last day of the regular season, sweeping a doubleheader from host Cal State Monterey Bay to clinch a spot in the CCAA Championship Tournament and likely the NCAA West Regional ... The two victories gave the Tritons a split of the four game series in Monterey and lifted their season record to 27-22...UCSD finished a topsy-turvy conference campaign at 17-14 which left Gerckens' club tied for third with Sonoma State...By virtue of its advantage in head-to-head play, UCSD will be seeded third in the CCAA tourney...That means the Tritons will match-up with Cal State Monterey Bay again in the first round of the double elimination event, Thursday (7:00 PM) at Arnaiz Field in Stockton...Depending on the result of that contest, UCSD will play at either 2:00 or 4:30 PM Friday...The championship game is set for noon Saturday...The other opening round contest will feature first place Humboldt State against Sonoma State.

Cal State Monterey Bay took both ends of Friday’s doubleheader, 4-3 and 5-0...CSUMB rebounded from a two-run deficit with three in the fourth to capture the opener...Timely hitting was the key for the Otters...Both teams had six hits but four of Monterey’s came bunched in the fourth...First baseman Jenni Habib had a single, a double and scored one of UCSD’s runs...Lauren Chastain started in the circle and took the loss...Another three-run fourth helped Monterey break open a scoreless ballgame and win game two...Catcher Nicole Saari and designated player Katrin Gabriel each had two of UCSD’s six hits...Freshman Camille Gaito was stuck with her second loss of the season.

Saturday, the Triton offense woke up, striking early and often...Habib went 3-for-4 with two doubles and five RBIs while outfielders Kristyn Lesovsky and Allison may both went 2-for-3 with Lesovsky scoring three run in UCSD's, 10-4, game one triumph...Lesovsky opened the affair with a double and came around to put UCSD up, 1-0, after one...Four hits, a hit batsman and an error led to four Triton runs in the second with Habib’s two-run double doing the most damage...The Otters tightened it to 5-3 but May’s leadoff homer sparked a five-run seventh that iced the result...Chastain racked up her team-leading 12th win...In the nightcap, the Tritons got a superb pitching performance from Gaito and this time they hit when it counted, prevailing, 4-1...The freshman righty handcuffed Monterey Bay on three hits to go with six K's, running her record to 9-2...UCSD accounted for seven hits in the game but five came in a four-run second and that was all Gaito needed...Gabriel drove in two with a triple down the right field line and the keystone combo of Jennifer DeFazio and Sarah Woofter each had a pair of hits.

With a first-ever CCAA regular season championship in its sights, Coach Dan O’Brien’s sixth-ranked Baseball team will close up the regular season a four-game home-and-home series against sixth place Cal Poly Pomona (25-20/15-17) starting with a single game Thursday at Pomona...The Tritons, who won three-of-four from Cal State San Bernardino last week, are now 30-11 overall, 24-8 in conference play and hold a two-game edge over second place Sonoma State and are three ahead of third place Cal State L.A...Those two teams square off four times in Sonoma this weekend...UCSD has already locked up one of the four spots in the CCAA Championship Tournament.

UCSD suffered its third loss in a row when it dropped the series opener, 4-1, at Cal State San Bernardino last Thursday...The Coyotes nicked Triton ace Tim Shibuya for two runs in the second inning and Daniel Stenavich made it stand up, limiting UCSD to just seven hits, all singles...Evan Kehoe, Matt Cantele and Tim Mort each had two knocks for UC.

The Tritons snapped their losing skid Friday, clobbering the Coyotes, 13-1, behind a 15-hit attack and the stellar pitching of Matt Rossman and Ryland MacFadyen...A Brandon Gregorich triple plated Cantele to put UCSD up, 1-0, in the fourth and the Tritons were still clinging to that one-run lead through six...But they got three in the seventh and exploded for nine in the eighth to run away from San Bernardino...O’Brien’s corner infielders, Gregorich and Josh Tanner, cracked three hits each with the former driving in four...There was a scary moment in the fourth when Rossman was knocked out of the contest after being hit in the jaw by a line drive...He seemed to have no long-lasting effects and MacFadyen came on to toss five and two-thirds innings of one hit ball to collect the first win of his career.

Sunday was highlighted by a Triton sweep and two individual signature moments... UCSD cranked out 17 hits while routing the Coyotes, 10-4, in the opener...Senior DH Cantele went 4-for-5, scored twice and drove in five...The sweet-swinging lefty had two doubles and stroked his 53rd career home run, tying him with former major leaguer Bob Natal (’87) for UCSD’s all-time mark...Cantele was hardly the only Triton in on the offensive binge...Junior catcher Kellen Lee crushed two solo homers and senior second baseman Garrett Imeson, UCSD’s all-time hits leader, matched Cantele’s 4-for-5 afternoon and crossed the plate three times...Right hander Kirby St. John logged seven innings, garnering his first win of the year...UCSD won the series finale, 7-4, and senior Trevor Decker joined the record parade, giving up one run and five hits over five innings while snagging his UCSD record 26th career win...His total surpassed that of 2006 grad Byron Grubman...The Tritons led all the way in this one as junior shortstop Vance Albitz started the game with a single to right and later scored on a two-run double by Kehoe that put UCSD ahead out of the gate...The outcome was still in doubt until a Gregorich launched a towering three-run round tripper to left in the fifth...Albitz finished 3-for-4 on the day.

Hear senior Matt Cantele’s post-game comments Saturday.

In a year where breaking records has been a weekly occurrence, the Track & Field team did it again last weekend, times two, at the annual Triton Invitiational...Junior hammer thrower Danielle Thu got things off to an explosive start Friday afternoon, topping her own school mark with a toss of 189-6...Then, in the opening event on the track Saturday, the Triton women’s 4x100 relay squad set a school standard for the third time this season...The quartet of Christine Merrill, Katie Skorupa, Kelly Fogarty and Laiah Blue trimmed .25 seconds off their existing mark, clocking 46.50 in the one lap event.

Three performers on the men’s side turned in NCAA Division II provisional qualifying marks...An elite field pushed junior Fred Cook to a personal best, 181-0, in the hammer throw, then later in the day, freshman Nick Howe heaved the javelin 193-10 and junior hurdler Leon Baham hit the tape at 53.10 in the 400 intermediates to strengthen their post-season resumes.

Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner take their squads to Northern California this weekend for the 2009 CCAA Championships at Chico...The Triton women are the defending champions while the men finished second to Chico State last spring...Ahner’s women should be in the thick of the team competition again, returning winners of five individual events in the form of Linda Rainwater (hepatathlon & high jump), Fogarty (100 & 200) and Merrill (400 hurdles)...Additionally, both Triton relay units took gold last year...On the men’s side, the lone defending champ will be senior Scott Tsuda in the triple jump.

Hear post-race comments from Katie Skorupa of record-breaking UCSD 4x100 relay team.
Saturday interview with thrower Fred Cook following the Triton Invitational.

Sacramento’s Lake Natoma will be the site as the Men’s and Women’s Rowing teams compete this weekend at the annual Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships...The regatta serves as the conference championship for both squads but, more importantly, it is a key qualifier for each team’s national championship.

Coach Zach Johnson will send out five boats—varsity eight, JV eight, novice eight, varsity four and novice four...The Tritons finished second overall in 2008 but were stung by a shocking fifth place finish in the marquee event, the varsity eight...A first, second or third place finish in the varsity eight should send that boat to the Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (IRA) Championships, the first week in June at this same locale...The JV and novice eights would likely need to win at the WIRA's to earn invitations.

For the women, the WIRA's will be the second of three encounters with a trio of competitors vying for bids to the four-team NCAA Division II Championships...This week’s match-up has taken on added significance since Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s charges had a rough outing at the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Championships, April 5, the first time they hooked up with defending NCAA kingpin Western Washington, Humboldt State and Seattle Pacific...Steadily rounding into prime racing shape, Pinkerton believes the results could be significantly different this weekend in the principal categories---varsity eight and four...UCSD will also enter boats in the novice eight, second novice eight, JV eight, lightweight eight, lightweight four and novice lightweight four...The NCAA-contending teams will meet for the final time at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships, May 16 with the NCAA Championships slated for last weekend of May...UCSD has been NCAA runner-up the past two seasons.

Listen to comments from UCSD Women’s Crew captain Kelly Hansen.
Listen to comments from UCSD Men’s varsity eight rower Karam Badran.

Coach Larry Sanders’ Women’s Water Polo team concluded its 2009 season at 12-20 after finishing fifth at the Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championship last weekend in Santa Clara...Loyola Marymount won the league crown, defeating Santa Clara in the title game.

The fourth-seeded Tritons were stunned, 9-5, in the opening round by fifth-seeded Sonoma State...Senior Sydney Gstettenbauer scored a pair of goals and junior Markayla Quane turned away 10 shots in the cage, but missed opportunities, including three unsuccessful five-meter penalty shots, hurt Sanders’ club...The Seawolves posted four unanswered goals in the second period, erasing a 3-2 Triton lead and they never let UCSD get closer than three in the second half.

UCSD bounced back to drub Cal State Monterey Bay, 14-4, in the second round...The freshman trio of Kirsten Bates (4), Jessica Tran (3) and Kelsey Schultz (2) combined for nine goals as the Tritons raced out to an 8-1 halftime lead and coasted home.

Gstettenbauer, in a memorable career capper, put the Tritons on her back in the fifth place game Sunday, rifling home nine goals as UCSD swept aside Colorado State, 14-9...The Tritons led, 6-4, at halftime and when the Rams scored the first goal of the second half, Gstettenbauer had apparently seen enough as she scored seven of UCSD’s final eight goals...Bates added three goals and Quayne rejected six shots...The goal-scoring outburst left Gstettenbauer with 84 on year, tying Olympian Julie Swail's single season mark, set in 1995...She completed her tenure at UCSD with 211 goals, third all-time.

Earlier in the week, Gstettenbauer was named first team All-WWPA for the second consecutive season while junior Stephanie Heinrich garnered second team accolades and Jessica Tran earned a spot on the All-Freshman squad.


The 2009 season came to a close for Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team with a sixth place finish at last week’s CCAA Championship in Paso Robles...The Tritons came in seeded sixth and finished 28 strokes behind first place Sonoma State...UCSD’s top individual was sophomore Keith Okasaki who tied for eighth with a one over par 217...After carding an opening round 74 on the 6,741-yd., part 72 Hunter Ranch Golf Club layout, Okasaki closed with rounds of 71 and 72...Next in for the Tritons was senior Billy Olsen who tied for 19th at 222...Fellow senior Ryan Bailey was tied for 23rd with a 224 and rounding out the roster were freshman Justin Gabbert (32nd/227) and junior Raj Samra (38th/234).

Three Tritons---Olsen, Okasaki and Samra---were selected as at-large entries for the NCAA Central/West Regional Tournament, May 4-6, in Lincoln Nebraska.

UCSD Men’s Volleyball Coach Kevin Ring was named Coach of the Year in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) after leading his club to a record number of overall (13) and conference (8) wins...Among others, the 2009 Tritons defeated USC, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, Hawaii and Pacific...They were ranked 10th in the latest national poll and narrowly missed making the MPSF post-season tournament for the first time...Sophomore setter Phil Bannan earned honorable mention All-MPSF recognition.

Both the Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams are waiting for Tuesday’s official confirmation of first round NCAA Division II Championship brackets...Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s men are anticipating travel to Hawaii Pacific the second week in May...Coach Liz LaPlante’s 10th-ranked women are also unofficially expecting to host No. 15 Hawaii Pacific, Sat., May 9 on the North Courts.

The 16th annual Triton Athletic Associates Golf Tournament is set for Monday, May 18 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe...A limited number of foursomes and tee sponsorships still remain...For more information call (858) 534-8460.

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