Sat., Apr. 7---Softball---UCSD vs. HumboldtState (DH)---
Sat., Apr. 7---Baseball---UCSD vs. Grand Canyon---
Sat., Apr. 7---Women’s Tennis---UCS vs. CalStateSan Bernardino---
Sat., Apr. 7---Water Polo---UCSD at San DiegoState---
Sat., Apr. 7---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at BYU---
BASEBALL HOME FOR FOUR AFTER WINNING SERIES WITH CSUDH
Still holding third place in the CCAA standings after taking three-of-four from Cal State Dominguez Hills last week, the Baseball team tests non-conference opponents this week, hosting nearby Cal State San Marcos for a single game Tuesday, before welcoming D-II foe Grand Canyon to La Jolla for a three-game weekend series...UCSD is now 24-12 overall and 14-6 in conference play.
Monday, for the second time in as many days, the Tritons split a doubleheader with visiting D-II opponent Hawaii Pacific...This time, UCSD captured the opener, 8-3, behind a solid, seven-inning performance on the mound by freshman Daniel Simmons...The righty gave up just six hits and two runs while striking out five in collecting his fifth victory...Back-to-back run-scoring doubles in the first inning by catcher David Morehead and second baseman Garrett Imeson provided UCSD a lead it would never relinquish...Both players had two hits on the day while combining for five RBIs...Chris Franco and Bryan Silverman each had two hits in game two but a half dozen Sea Warrior hits and two Triton errors resulted in six HPU runs in the first two innings, leading to an 8-5 UCSD loss.
O’Brien’s squad jumped back into CCAA action Thursday, opening a four-game set vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills with an 8-3 victory...Sophomore first baseman Matt Cantele unloaded on the Toros with three home runs, highlighting a 4-for-4 day the included five RBIs...Sophomore Trevor Decker turned in six workmanlike innings, giving up three runs and leaving with his record at a sterling, 7-1.
Friday’s second game looked like a runaway when the Tritons banged out eight first inning runs but the Toros made it interesting before rolling over, 13-6...Dominguez Hills knocked out starter Kirby St. John and narrowed the margin to 8-6 after four but junior righthander Nick Rodieck came out of the bullpen to restore order, hurling five shutout innings while notching his second win...Triton bats accounted for 15 hits and Cantele was again the offensive catalyst, smacking three hits, scoring two and driving in two...Imeson and Franco also had three knocks apiece to go with a pair of RBIs each.
The venue shifted to Carson for Saturday’s series-closing doubleheader...In the opener, UCSD scored nine runs in the final three innings to overcome a 4-1 deficit and top the Toros, 10-6...Morehead had a big day, going 4-for-5 at the plate with a home run, double and two RBIs...Freshman shortstop Vance Albitz had three hits (two doubles) and drove in three while Franco had a two-run ninth inning round tripper...Reliever Eric Abraham snagged his first win, tossing four innings out of the bullpen...The Tritons’ rally started in the seventh when they scored four runs after two were out...Dominguez Hills turned the tables in the series finale, knocking Triton pitching around for 16 hits in a 14-9 victory...Senior Matt Lawson had two doubles and a single in the losing cause...Todd Gimenez absorbed the loss.
SURGING SOFTBALL TEAM HOSTS NO. 3 HUMBOLDT STATE
Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team, riding the crest of a 4-2 performance at last weekend’s Mizuno Tournament of Champions in Turlock, hosts HumboldtState, the No. 1 team in the CCAA for doubleheaders Friday and Saturday...UCSD is now 23-19 overall, 14-8 in conference play and third in the CCAA standings...Humboldt State, ranked third nationally, is 35-4 on the season and has lost just once in 16 CCAA contests.
The Tritons posted a perfect, 3-0, mark on Friday’s opening day of the Mizuno tournament, thanks in large part to junior hurler Melissa Ward...The indefatigable southpaw shut out Western Oregon, 4-0, in game one, striking out eight while giving up just three hits...Danielle Lukk and Dallas Hernandez each registered two hits as UCSD scored a run in the first and that was all Ward needed...The second game tested Ward to the limit as the Tritons had to go 10 innings before eking out a 1-0 decision over Seattle...Ward again went all the way, whiffing seven and allowing the Redhawks just five hits...She was more than matched by Seattle’s Erin Martin who did not give up a hit until sophomore Jenni Habib bunted home Lukk with the winning run in the 10th...Gerckens gave Ward a rest in the third game and freshman Christine Zankich came up aces, procuring her first collegiate win, 11-2...Zankich delivered a seven-hit complete game and junior Jenny Maze supplied the lumber, cracking her ninth home run, scoring three times and driving in four...Nikki Palmer and Megan Grace each had two RBIs.
Saturday, the offense came alive in an 8-5 game one victory over Chaminade...The Tritons pounded 11 hits, including two-run homers by Maze and Palmer, as junior Nicole Fullerton sandwiched five innings between starter Lauren Chastain and closer Ward for her first victory of 2007...Lukk, Habib and Sara Robinson all chipped in with two hits and center fielder Brittni Carino drove in a pair...UCSD then suffered its first loss of the weekend, a 6-4 decision to 12th-ranked Hawaii-Hilo...The Tritons owned 2-0 and 3-1 leads before the Vulcans tallied three times in the fourth and backed them with two more in the fifth...Ward got tagged with the loss but two UCSD errors contributed to four unearned runs for Hawaii-Hilo...Hernandez, Nicole Saari and Allison May each had two of the Tritons’ 10 hits and Carino recorded another pair of RBIs.
Relegated to the Silver Division on the final day through a tiebreaker process, the Tritons finished up with a 2-1 loss to Cal State Bakersfield...May had two hits for UCSD, which cut a 2-0 ‘Runners lead in half with a seventh inning rally that fell short...Ward, now 16-8 on the year, suffered her second loss in as many days.
MEN’S CREW CAPTURES FIRST EVER CAL CUP
Coach Zach Johnson’s varsity eight made history Sunday at the annual San Diego Crew Classic, winning the grand final of the Cal Cup for the first time ever in a stirring blanket finish with UCLA and UC Davis... The Tritons, who won their Saturday heat to qualify for a shot at the crown, started slowly and were anywhere from five-to-six seats down early in the race...But, as planned, they kicked it into gear at the midway point, caught UCLA with 500 meters to go and outsprinted the Bruins and Aggies to the wire...UCSD’s wining time was 6:30.60, less than half a second better than UCLA with UC Davis another second and a half to the rear...Coxswain Joe Gram guided the crew which included Derek Huffman, Brenden Carriker, Tyler Sutterley, Shawn Hay, Gilbert Collins, Darren Von Platen, Ryan Andre and Michael Zurko.
In the novice eight competition, the Tritons finished second to WashingtonState in the petite final, leaving USC, Colorado and Loyola Marymount in their wake while clocking 6:32.13...Johnson’s rowers will be idle this week before vying with San DiegoState and USD for the S.D. City Championship, April 14.
WOMEN’S CREW CLOSING IN ON DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMPS
Following a very encouraging performance at Saturday’s Northwest Collegiate Championships in Vancouver, WA, the Women’s Crew team turns its attention to the San Diego City Championships, a week from Saturday on MissionBay.
At last weekend’s Vancouver regatta, Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s charges got their first opportunity to lock horns with defending NCAA D-II champion Western Washington ...Although the Vikings prevailed on their home turf, UCSD significantly narrowed the gap that existed last year...WWU won the varsity eight by six seconds over the UCSD lineup of Monica Switick, Jen Myers, Leah Llach, Ann Simeon, Kali Webb, Meglan Hatlen, Kelsey Thomas and Megan Hagquist which was coxed by Stephanie Chang...Last spring, the margin was 29 seconds in this race and 13 seconds at the NCAA Championships...Thirdplace Humboldt State was another 14 seconds back...The varsity four was third behind Western Washington and Humboldt State and the lightweight four was runner-up to Long Beach State.
Meanwhile, at the San Diego Crew Classic, the Triton novice eight turned in a creditable showing, placing fifth in the petite final, the highest finish of any non-Division I boat..
TRACK & FIELD TEAM HOME SATURDAY; WOMEN SIXTH AT CAL/NEVADA
Coach Tony Salerno’s Track & Field team is home Saturday when it will host a five-way dual meet featuring UC Riverside, Point Loma, Claremont and Cuyamaca College...The Tritons are coming off a solid performance at the Cal/Nevada Championships where the women placed sixth in an elite 21-team field and the men were 12th out of 20.
Junior Laiah Blue continued to dazzle, winning both the 100 (13.87) and 400 (60.59) hurdles...Another junior, Whitney Johnson was third in both the long jump (19-0.75) and triple jump (41-3.75) while senior Diane Dunn claimed third in the 1,500 (4:36.10)...The Tritons piled up 67.5 points and were the only non-Division I team in the top nine...San Diego State took first place honors.
On the men’s side, UCLA ran away with the team trophy while UCSD scored 16 points...Sophomore Daniel Anderson’s fourth in the 800 (1:51.60) was the Tritons’ best finish...Other finalists were Casey Ryan and Roger Francis who both cleared 6-6.75 to tie for eighth in the high jump and hurdler Khalil Hooper who clocked 15.07 while taking eighth in the high sticks.
TWO AT HOME THEN HARPER CUP FOR WOMEN’S WATER POLO
It will be a busy week for the 15th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team which opens play Thursday at home against Chapman, has No. 20 Cal State Northridge coming to town thenext night and then goes crosstown Saturday for the annual Harper Cup battle vs. No. 5 San Diego State...The Tritons, now 11-11 after going 2-2 at last weekend’s Davis Shootout, are still looking for their first Harper Cup win and symbolic supremacy in the San Diego women’s water polo world.
Playing for the first time in 13 days, Coach Larry Sanders’ club wasted little time asserting itself against No. 18 Brown, Thursday at Canyonview...Senior Sarah Bajorek scored on a penalty shot less than 90 seconds into the contest and UCSD tallied five more unanswered goals en route to an 8-4 triumph...Bajorek, Nicole Hermann and Natalie Hockett each accounted for two goals.
At Davis, the Tritons were nipped, 5-4, by 17th-ranked Santa Clara in Saturday’s first game...In a back-and-forth struggle, the Broncos broke a 4-4 tie with eight seconds to go in regulation...Santa Clara broke on top, leading, 2-0, after the first period but UCSD scored the next three goals, going ahead, 3-2, on a man-up goal by Bajorek in the third quarter...The Broncos countered with a pair for a 4-3 edge but Sydney Gstettenbauer deadlocked it with 3:43 to go, setting the stage for the last second clincher...In Saturday’s second game, Miho Umezawa tallied three times as UCSD raced out to an 8-3 halftime advantage and held on to defeat Cal State Monterey Bay, 12-10...Emaus and Bajorek had two goals apiece.
UCSD also split its two games on Sunday...In the morning, ninth-ranked host UC Davis led, 3-1, after three quarters and then rung up three unanswered markers in the fourth to put away a 6-1 victory...Bajorek netted the Tritons’ lone goal and Kim Hockett stopped seven shots in the cage...In the Shootout finale, UCSD dominated Cal State San Bernardino, scoring the first five goals (the first three in man-up situations) while cruising to a 6-2 triumph...Emaus and redshirt freshman Rebecca Gearty were both two-goal scorers.
MEN’S TENNIS HANGS TOUGH WITH NATION’S BEST
Coming off its toughest stretch of the 2007 campaign, Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s 13th-ranked Men’s Tennis team now looks at a relatively easy week, playing just one match vs. NAIA Vanguard at home Wednesday...The Tritons played five matches last week, four in Florida against top flight competition and come into the Vanguard fray sporting a 12-5 dual record.
Last Monday, the Tritons earned a hard-fought, 5-4, decision at home over No. 32 Hawaii Pacific...Eric Rubens/Blake Meister and Bijan Moallemi/Kazumi Negishi were doubles winners and after Rubens got the singles point at No. 1 when his opponent retired early, UCSD needed just two more points to clinch the match...Those were provided in two-set fashion by freshman Brandon Low (No. 4) and sophomore Negishi (No. 6).
It was then off to Pensacola (FL) for the talent laden West Florida Tournament...In Wednesday’s opening round, No. 1-ranked host West Florida handed UCSD its first Division II defeat of the year, 7-2...The Argonauts took all three doubles matches but had to work for points in singles...The Tritons prevailed at No. 4 with Low and No. 6 with Negishi while Moallemi and Steve Oechel pushed their opponents to three sets at No. 1 and No. 5 respectively.
The next day, UCSD picked up a pair of wins, smoking West Alabama, 9-0, and then upending No. 14 BYU Hawaii, 6-3...Against West Alabama, the Tritons won the three doubles matches by a combined score of 24-8 and captured five of the six singles in straight sets...Things were a bit tougher against BYU Hawaii, but Steidlmayer’s charges came out on top in two of three doubles matches—Meister/Rubens at No. 1 & Negishi/Moallemi at No. 3—before Moallemi, Rubens, Low and Oechel got the upper hand in singles.
Friday, the Tritons dropped a 5-4 heartbreaker to No. 3-ranked ArmstrongAtlanticState...Meister and Rubens got a point at No.1, but UCSD still trailed, 2-1, at the conclusion of doubles play...Low (No. 4) and Oechel (No. 6) kept things tight with straight set singles wins and after Moallemi pulled out a taut three-setter at No. 2, Steidlmayer and Co. was one win away from a comeback triumph...But the Pirates won in two sets at No. 1 and No. 5 and when Seth Spector came out on the short end of a three-set match at No. 3, Armstrong escaped with the victory...The Tritons were scheduled to face No. 4 Valdosta State on Saturday but play was rained out.
WOMEN’S TENNIS LOOKS TO INCREASE CCAA STREAK SATURDAY
After splitting a pair of home matches against major D-II regional rivals, Coach Liz LaPlante’s Women’s Tennis team will look to extend its dominance in the CCAA when it hosts Cal State San Bernardino Saturday...The 14th-ranked Tritons are 8-7 on the year but are undefeated in five conference matches, giving them 35 straight without a loss.
No. 21 Hawaii Pacific shut out UCSD in doubles and carried that momentum into singles, pulling away with a surprising, 8-1, triumph over the Tritons last Monday on the North Courts...UCSD’s only point came at No. 3 singles where junior Justine Fonte rolled in straight sets, 7-6, 6-1.
The Tritons bounced back the next day to pound No. 36 Hawaii-Hilo, 8-1, sweeping singles with Fonte winning, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 3 while Ina Dan (No. 2) and Pooja Desai (No. 4) posted come-from-behind three set victories...Dan, Marsha Malinow and Allison Legakis each won in both singles and doubles.
MEN’S VOLLEYBALL GOES TO BYU FOR TWO
Still trying to shake a recent slump, the Men’s Volleyball team travels to Provo, UT where it will play one of the toughest teams to beat at home, No. 3 Brigham Young (16-5)...Coach Kevin Ring’s Tritons are now 5-19 after dropping a pair of home matches last week against Hawaii
The Tritons let a late lead slip away in game one of Thursday’s clash with the No. 14 Warriors and were unable to recover, dropping a 3-0 (30-24, 30-18, 30-15) verdict... UCSD was up four at 23-19 in game one but succumbed to an 11-2 UH run that closed things out...Freshman Will Ehrman had 10 kills but overall, the stat sheet was not kind on this night.
Twenty-four hours later, the effort was clearly better but the results were the same with Hawaii prevailing, 3-0 (35-33, 30-27, 30-19)...The three true freshmen starters, Jason Spangler (16), Frank Fritsch (12) and Ehrman (11), were atop the kill chart for UCSD and senior setter Brooks Dierdorff handed out 48 assists and served up two aces.
GOLFERS NINTH AT BAKERSFIELD
Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team has the week off after finishing ninth at the 12-team Elco Invitational in Bakersfield...The Tritons carded a 309-305-317—931 for 54 holes on the 6,820-yd., par 72 Bakersfield Country Club layout...Host Cal State Bakersfield won with a three-round total of 877.
Top individual for UCSD was junior Luke Leveillee who finished 28th with a 228 total...He was followed by Billy Olsen (36th/233), Austin Alfonso (T37th/234), Ryan Bailey (T40th/236) and Jiweon Seo (T49th/242)...Leveillee and Alfonso both fired 74’s in the second round which represented the best single 18 for UCSD...Next up for Wydra’s club is the Otter Invitational in Monterey, starting April 9.
RECORD-SETTING YEAR FOR WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Some quick numbers from a record-setting season for the Women’s Basketball team...The squad’s 27 wins was the most in UCSD history and Head Coach Janell Jones’ two-year ledger now reads, 50-10...The Tritons won their first-ever conference title and made their lengthiest post-season run, reaching the NCAA Division II Final Four before being eliminated by eventual national champ Southern Connecticut State, 67-53.
Senior guard Leora Juster was named CCAA and Division II West Region Player of the Year for the second consecutive time and became UCSD’s first first team D-II All-American...She leaves La Jolla as the school’s all-time leading scorer (2,049 pts.) and is also No. 1 in career assists (397)...Her season point total (717) eclipsed the mark she set as a junior by over 100 points and her 138 assists were the second best one-year total in UCSD annals...Versatile senior forward Hillary Hansen closed out her career in the top 10 in both points (1,110) and rebounds (682).
This year’s individual category leaders were Juster (scoring-22.4 ppg, three pointers-37, FG Pct.-.529 & assists-138), Michelle Osier (rebounding-8.1 rpg, 3Pt. FG Pct.-.491 & steals-77), Meaghan Noud (FT Pct.-.866) and Jillian Ricks (blocks-73)...Hansen (second in scoring & rebounding and third in assists) and Kacie Kostlan (second in assists and third in steals) also put up numbers near the top of the charts...In addition to Juster, Osier and Hansen were both first team All-CCAA selections and Jones was the league’s Coach of the Year.
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