THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Thu., May 21---Track & Field---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---All Day
Fri., May 22---Track & Field---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---All Day
Sat., May 23---Track & Field---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---All Day
Sun., May 24---Baseball---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---1:00 PM
BASEBALL REACHES D-II COLLEGE WORLD SERIES FOR FIRST TIME
Cary, NC will be the destination as Coach Dan O’Brien’s second-ranked Baseball team heads to the NCAA Division II College World Series for the first time in school history...The Tritons earned their slot in the eight-team D-II showpiece by virtue of beating CCAA nemesis and defending Regional kingpin Sonoma State, 12-4, in Sunday’s NCAA West Regional Championship game in Keizer, OR...UCSD, winner of both the CCAA regular season and tournament crowns and now 39-13 on the year, will take on the winner of the East Region, Dowling, in the World Series opener Sunday...UCSD last went to a College World Series in 1994 as a Division III program when O'Brien was a player.
In Thursday’s Regional opener, junior Robert Sedin scored on a passed ball in the eighth inning to give UCSD its first lead of the game and ultimately an 11-10 victory over CCAA foe Cal State Dominguez Hills...All-CCAA right hander Tim Shibuya had his roughest start of the year and the Triton trailed, 4-1, early and 10-5 after six and a half...But a four-run bottom of the seventh, keyed by a Toro error and a two-run Vance Albitz double, brought UCSD back to within one, setting up a two-run eighth that was culminated by Sedin’s dash to the plate...The Tritons had 13 hits, three each by senior Josh Tanner and sophomore Evan Kehoe, and reliever Ryland McFadyen picked up the win with Guido Knudson notching save No. 10.
The next day, O’Brien’s top-seeded Tritons bombed second seed host Western Oregon, 18-3, smacking 24 hits as senior Trevor Decker struck out four over seven innings to run his record to 9-2...UCSD blew open a 2-2 game with four runs in the fourth, four more in the fifth and three in the sixth...Albitz and Tanner both racked up four hits while Garrett Imeson, Matt Cantele and Kellen Lee busted home runs.
Saturday, in its first opportunity to win the tourney, UCSD played its sixth one-run game of the year against Sonoma State but came out on the short end of a 4-3 decision...The Tritons wasted a brilliant show on the mound by Matt Rossman in his first start back after being sidelined with a broken jaw...The 6-5 junior fired eight innings of three-hit ball, departing with a 3-2 advantage...But, in the top of the ninth, Sonoma State’s second two-run homer of the contest forced Sunday’s championship showdown...With two outs in the bottom of the frame, Tanner singled and Imeson walked to give the Tritons life but they could not capitalize...UCSD out-hit SSU, 10-6, with Kehoe accounting for three.
Sunday’s Regional final was a thriller for eight innings as the two teams were tied at four after exchanging one-run leads three times...But in the top of the ninth, as it has so many times this year, the UCSD offense erupted---this time for eight hits and eight runs---to finally send the stubborn Seawolves packing...A Sedin double gave the Tritons a one-run edge and then senior Tim Mort’s three-run bases loaded double opened the floodgates ...O’Brien tabbed Kirby St. John for the start and the junior righty took UCSD through the first five innings...Shibuya, coming out of the bullpen for the first time this season, tossed a scoreless final two and two-thirds to claim his eighth win of the year...Albitz, Cantele and first baseman Brandon Gregorich each had three hits, the latter crossing the plate three times...Sedin equaled Mort with three in the RBI column.
Earlier in the week, eight Tritons won Daktronics All-Region accolades...First team choices were Shibuya, Knudson, Albitz and Tanner...Rossman, Kehoe, Imeson and Cantele made the second team.
TRACK & FIELD SENDS 15 TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Coaches Darcy Ahner will have 12 women competing and Coach Tony Salerno a trio of men when the 2009 NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships, starting Thursday in San Angelo, TX...The Triton women, who sport a returning individual champion in the person of heptathlete Linda Rainwater, finished fourth in the 2008 team standings, their best ever D-II finish.
Joining Rainwater on the potent UCSD women’s squad will be CCAA Athlete of the Year Christine Merrill (400 hurdles), versatile senior Laiah Blue (100/400 hurdles), sophomore Kelly Fogarty (100/200), 1,500 ace Breanna Schofield and the field event trio of Danielle Thu and Marie Archer in the hammer and Sarah Hendy (discus)...Stephanie LeFever will battle Rainwater in the heptathlon while Katie Skorupa, Deyna Robertson and Anna Lee McGregor will fill out the Tritons’ two qualifying relay units.
On the men’s side, UCSD will be represented by seven-foot high jumper Casey Ryan, Leon Baham in the 400 hurdles and CCAA Freshman of the Year Nick Howe in the javelin.
WOMEN’S CREW FALLS SHORT OF NCAA ASPIRATIONS
Despite turning in one of its best performances of the year, Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s Women’s Rowing team saw its string of three consecutive NCAA Division II Championship appearances snapped after a third place finish at last Saturday’s Pacific Coast Rowing Championships (PCRCs) in Sacramento...UCSD needed at least a second place effort to have a chance to travel to New Jersey for the 2009 national regatta.
After a sub-par outing at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships two weeks ago, Pinkerton did some tinkering with her varsity eight lineup...The revamped boat managed to increase its speed, but not quite enough to overtake rivals Western Washington and Humboldt State...UCSD’s new V-8 crew---Caryn Urbanczyk, Jill Peacock, Denise Kleckner, Alissa Kispersky, Lauren Menzies, Jaime Bigwood, Jesi Bennett, Kelly Hansen and coxswain Leslie Nanninga---turned in a solid time of 2:15 for the 2,000 m. yet finished 18 seconds behind defending NCAA champ Western Washington.
The varsity four---Summer Austin, Wanda Chin, Laurel Copenbarger, Suzanne Chang and coxswain Amy Fan---also placed third behind the same two teams...The open eight and open four squads took silver while the lightweight four snagged third place...In the collegiate singles, UCSD went 1-2-3 with Menzies, Urbanczyk and Austin doing the honors...Stacy Yates and Crystal Liu took second in the pairs competition.
NEWS & NOTES
Sophomore right fielder Kristyn Lesovsky of the UCSD Softball team was named Daktronics West Region Player of the Year...Named CCAA Newcomer of the Year two weeks prior, Lesovsky hit .446, scored 42 runs, hit eight homers and drove in 32 in her first season with the Tritons.
The 16th annual Triton Athletic Associates Golf Tournament, benefiting UC San Diego Athletics, will be held today at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe.
The annual UC San Diego Athletics Recognition Dinner, honoring Triton athletes, coaches and supporters, will be held Thursday, May 28, in the Price Center Ballroom at 7:00 PM...For more information call (858) 534-4211.
UCSD’s weekly online radio show, Triton Talk, hosted by Craig Elsten, will take a one-week hiatus, resuming the week of May 25.
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