Thu., June 4---Men’s Crew---UCSD at IRA Championships---All Day
Fri., June 5---Men’s Crew---UCSD at IRA Championships---All Day
Sat., June 6---Men’s Crew---UCSD at IRA Championships---All Day
BASEBALL NCAA TITLE RUN FALLS JUST SHORT
Perhaps the finest year in UCSD Baseball history came to a conclusion last Thursday with Coach Dan O'Brien's club just two games short of the NCAA Division II championship game...The No. 1-ranked Tritons, who finished 41-15 (for their second consecutive 40-win season), were defeated, 5-3, by No. 3 Emporia State after battling back from a first round defeat to reach the brink of a national title.
Beaten, 3-1, on a superior pitching performance by National Pitcher of the Year Gabriel Duran of Dowling in their tourney opener, the Tritons bounced back to top No. 2 West Chester, 8-6, in game two last Tuesday...UCSD opened up an 8-1 advantage behind junior right hander Matt Rossman who went eight and two-thirds innings in just his second start since having his jaw broken late in the regular season...Rossman ran into trouble in the ninth, surrendering two runs and leaving with the bases loaded...West Chester's Matt Baer greeted reliever Ryland MacFadyen with a home run but the senior righty got the next batter to close things out...UCSD racked up 14 hits, three by first baseman Brandon Gregorich...Five others had two apiece...One of those, second sacker Garrett Imeson, drove in a pair.
The next day, the Tritons avenged their first round loss, pounding 23 hits in a 13-1 shellacking of Dowling...UCSD broke open a 2-1 contest with a six-run sixth inning...Seniors Imeson and third baseman Josh Tanner accounted for four hits apiece and a third senior, right hander Trevor Decker, baffled the Golden Lions on the hill, spinning a complete game three-hitter while striking out five.
The clock struck 12 on Thursday for the Tritons in a game where they battled as they have all season but simply didn’t have enough on this afternoon against a quality opponent...UCSD drew first blood against Emporia State on a Matt Cantele RBI single in the second inning...The Hornets put up a single run in three different frames to go ahead, 3-1...Another Cantele RBI knock sliced the lead to one run in the sixth and when junior center fielder Robert Sedin crossed the plate on an eighth inning passed ball, it was 3-3...That's how it stayed until the bottom of the ninth...Junior Kirby St. John was the starting pitcher for UC and he went four solid innings...O'Brien then called on sophomore ace Tim Shibuya, the game one starter, out of the bullpen...The right hander from Wyoming, making just his second relief appearance of the season, tossed four and two-thirds scoreless innings but left with two out and a runner on third in the bottom of the ninth...Sophomore closer Guido Knudson, an All-CCAA choice who was perfect in 10 save situations in 2009, came on at that point but was tagged for a walk-off home run that moved Emporia State forward and sent the Tritons home...Lynn (FL) ended up winning the national crown.
Earlier in the week, junior shortstop Vance Albitz was named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-American team, UCSD’s fourth Division II selection...Albitz was also one of three Triton national Rawlings Gold Glove winners for defensive excellence...He was joined by Shibuya and Tanner.
MEN'S CREW MAKES IRA CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT
Coach Zach Johnson’s Men’s Crew visits a familiar site but tests new water this week when it travels to Sacramento’s Lake Natoma for the 2009 Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships, the de facto national regatta for men...It will be the Tritons’ third competition at Lake Natoma this year but their first-ever trip to the national championships...UCSD will be encountering all of the sport’s heavyweights while entering boats in the varsity eight, varsity four and freshman eight races.
Already in 2009, UCSD’s varsity eight has won the San Diego Crew Classic’s Cal Cup and the Newport Regatta while finishing second at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships...Since IRA rules prohibit freshman from rowing in varsity eight lineups, Johnson has been forced to move first-year standout Nathan Morgan into the freshman boat...The revamped V-8 roster will feature Andrew Hilton, Ryan Andre, Jay Dee Morgan, Jeff Collett, Kris Grey, Karam Badran, newcomer Mike Verdone (up from the JV boat), Justin Gordon and coxswain Cameran Bittucci...Heats are set for Thursday with each heat winner advancing directly to the semi-final...Other finishers will battle in the repochage which will determine placing going forward.
Manning the varsity four will be Mike Sullivan, Jon Lynch, Justin Hsu, Jon Seibert and coxswain Vanessa Garrett...The freshman eight will consist of coxswain Anthony Nguyen, Billy Scherba, Joey Frank, Nathan Morgan, Ed Yragui, Erik Smith, Austin Lopez, Kellen Mandehr and Zach Sharfman.
TOP PERFORMERS LAUDED AT ATHLETICS RECOGNITION DINNER
Swimmer Aubrey Panis and Baseball’s Garrett Imeson took top honors at last Thursday’s 2009 UC San Diego Athletics Recognition Dinner, held at the Price Center Ballroom... Panis and Imeson were named the Outstanding Female and Male Senior Student-Athletes for 2008-09, recognized for combined athletic and academic prowess.
Sixteen individuals were selected as “Athletes of the Year”...They were Vance Albitz and Tim Shibuya (Baseball), Kelvin Kim (M-Basketball), Michelle Osier (W-Basketball), Bre Schofield (Cross Country/Track & Field), Christine Merrill, Linda Rainwater and Daniel Thu (Track & Field), Kristyn Lesovsky (Softball), Ryan Andre (M-Crew), Daniel Perdew and Kendall Bohn (Swimming), Jessica McGovern (W-Soccer), Adi Jerkovic (M-Water Polo), Phil Bannan (M-Volleyball) and Rebecca Bailey (W-Volleyball).
Other award winners included Dan O’Brien (Excellence in Coaching), Kristen Buono, Jessica DiMascio, Connor McCabe, Jessica McGovern, Greg Geldman and Karam Badran (Chancellor’s Scholar Athletes), Karen Reis (Husar Family/TAA Award), Dana Greisen (Distinguished Alumni Athlete) and Claude Panis (Parent Recognition)...Men’s Tennis captured the Team GPA Award and Women’s Soccer took the TAC Team Spirit Award.
NEWS & NOTES
UCSD senior Jill Peacock was named to one of the 10 spots on the American Rowing Coaches’ Assn. Pocock All-American team...
Triton Men’s Volleyball standouts Eric Leserman, Gerald Houseman, Aaron Hedland and Will Ehrman were named to the the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) All-Academic team last week.