This Week’s Events:
Mon., Apr. 16---Golf---UCSD at Buzzini Invitational---All Day
Whitney Johnson and the UCSD Track & Field team host the annual Triton Invitational, Friday and Saturday.
Mon., Apr. 16---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---11:00 AM
Tue., Apr. 17---Golf---UCSD at Buzzini Invitational---All Day
Tue., Apr. 17---Women's Crew---UCSD at S.D. City Championships---6:00 AM
Tue., Apr. 17---Softball---UCSD vs. Cal State Bakersfield (DH)---4:00 PM
Wed., Apr. 18---Crew (M&W)---UCSD at S.D. City Championships---6:00 AM
Thu., Apr. 19---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at Cal State Fullerton---2:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 20---Track & Field---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---2:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 20---Baseball---UCSD at Chico State---6:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 21---Women’s Crew---UCSD vs. Chapman---8:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 21---Track & Field---UCSD host Triton Invitational---10:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 21---Softball---UCSD at Chico State (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 21---Baseball---UCSD at Chico State (DH)---1:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 21---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---2:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 21---Water Polo---UCSD vs. Arizona State---7:00 PM
Sun., Apr. 22---Baseball---UCSD at Chico State---11:00 AM
TRITON TRACK & FIELD INVITATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS WEEKEND
Coach Tony Salerno and the UCSD Track & Field team are expecting some 1,500 competitors this Friday and Saturday for the annual Triton Invitational...Stanford, UCLA and San Diego State, among others, are expected to send full squads and the majority of UCSD’s athletes are slated to be in the Invitational field.
Salerno’s crew made a big impact at last weekend’s UCLA/Rafer Johnson Invitational... Junior triple jumper Whitney Johnson, finished sixth in the invitational division, landing at 40-10.25, second only to her 41-3 school mark set earlier this year...UCSD’s only other invitational participant, junior Laiah Blue, took third in the 100 hurdles, clocking 14.04, despite battling a stomach illness that forced her to forego the 400 hurdles.
Meanwhile, it was a big day for the women’s distance squad which accounted for three of the five NCAA Division II provisional qualifying marks put up by Triton performers at the meet...Amanda Burkhardt (3rd/10,000 m./37:19.28) and Emily McGregor (2nd/5,000 m./17:48.48) both posted times that were second best in school history in their events while super steady Diane Dunn was third in the 1,500 registering a 4:31.95, No. 3 all-time at UCSD...The two other provisional qualifiers were 400 hurdler Cory Sheredy (62.75) and long jumper Leah Murphy who won her specialty with a leap of 18-8...Other event winners were Jillian Sola (discus/146-4) and Casey Ryan (high jump/6-6.75)...Sophomore Scott Tsuda was second in the triple jump at 45-7.75 and fourth in the long jump (21-11.5).
At Thursday’s California Heptathlon Invitational hosted by Azusa Pacific, freshman Linda Rainwater was the top finisher among UCSD’s three competitors, placing 11th overall with a total of 4,573 points, besting her own school record by 83 points.
BASEBALL MAULS MONTEREY BAY; CHICO STATE UP NEXT
After scoring 44 runs to win three games during a rain-altered weekend at Cal State Monterey Bay, the Baseball team will try to complete the four-game series against the Otters today before trekking back to Northern California this weekend for a four-game set at Chico State...The Tritons bring a 28-14 record into today’s festivities and sit third in the CCAA race with a 17-6 conference mark...Chico State is one rung below UCSD on the CCAA ladder but at 34-8 overall, the perennially tough Wildcats are ranked 11th in the nation.
Friday, the Tritons smacked 15 hits, including four home runs, to take the series opener at Cal State Monterey Bay, 11-8...Matt Cantele, Matt Lawson, Chris Franco and John Roth all hit bombs and the top three batters in the order---Vance Albitz, Cantele and Lawson each had three hits and combined to score seven runs and drive in nine...Despite the offensive prowess, UCSD needed five in the top of the ninth to break an 8-8 tie and get the final result...Freshman Daniel Simmons made the start but senior Todd Gimenez picked up the win with two and a third scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Saturday’s doubleheader was rained out but the two teams were able to get in a twosome the next day...Coach Dan O’Brien’s charges won a tight one in the opener, 7-6, and a laugher in the nightcap, 26-5...Second baseman Garrett Imeson and right fielder Bryan Silverman each had three hits in game one and it was an Imeson single and a two-out Silverman RBI double in the ninth that lifted UCSD to the victory...The Tritons had let a 5-2 lead slip away as the Otters scored four times in the seventh...A run-scoring bunt by Albitz knotted the score after eight and Silverman’s double completed the comeback...Eric Abraham, the third of four UCSD hurlers, pitched just one third of an inning but came away with the win...Derek Barham notched the save...Game two was all but in the books after one inning...Cantele, Imeson and Franco clobbered home runs in an 11-run first inning outburst by the Tritons...In all, UCSD blistered Monterey Bay pitching for 24 hits behind a solid five-inning mound stint by junior Nick Rodieck...The 26 runs were the most by a UCSD team since 1998.
SOFTBALL WINS FOUR STRAIGHT TO BOLSTER POST-SEASON HOPES
With the CCAA Championship Tournament and the NCAA Playoffs now more reality than dream, the Softball team hosts Cal State Bakersfield for a pair Tuesday before heading north to Chico State for a four-game series over the weekend...Coach Patti Gerckens’ club goes into Tuesday’s twinbill with a 28-22 record and is holding onto third in the CCAA race at 19-11 after winning four-of-four at home last week (two each from Cal State San Bernardino and Cal State Dominguez Hills)...Cal State Bakersfield, which is ineligible for the conference championship, is 27-20-1 overall and 17-13 in CCAA action while Chico State is 14-28 overall and 7-21 in league play (ninth).
Clutch RBI singles by catcher Nicole Saari and shortstop Amanda Eliades keyed a three-run fourth winning that lifted the Tritons past San Bernardino, 4-3, in game one Wednesday...The three runs put UCSD ahead for good as lefthander Melissa Ward gave up just one earned run while going the distance on the mound...Center fielder Brittni Carino (three) and Eliades (two) combined for five of UCSD’s six hits in a 3-0 nightcap victory... Carino scored twice and Eliades drove in all three runs as Ward spun a five-hitter for her 20th win.
Saturday, UCSD used late thunder to take both ends of a doubleheader with Cal State Dominguez Hills, 8-2 and 7-6 (8 innings)...In the opener, the Tritons scored six runs in the sixth inning to break open what had been a 2-2 contest...In the decisive inning, a three walks coupled with Allison May’s bunt single and Carino’s bouncer up the middle, made it, 4-2...Junior third baseman Jenny Maze then canceled any comeback thoughts the Toros might have had, powering a grand slam to right center, her 11th homer of the year...Ward tossed seven strong frames, whiffing eight in the process...Game two was a back-and-forth affair that wasn’t settled until Danielle Lukk stroked a two-out single in the bottom of the eighth that plated pinch runner Sara Robinson and May with the tying and winning runs respectively...It was Lukk’s third knock of the contest and second and third RBIs...UCSD had tied it in the bottom of the sixth when a two-out double by May was followed by Megan Grace’s RBI single....Despite not having her best outing, Ward stopped the Toros when she needed to, collecting win No. 22, the second best single season total ever at UCSD.
WATER POLO HOSTS ARIZONA STATE FOR SENIOR NIGHT SATURDAY
Coach Larry Sanders’ 15th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team plays its final regular season game Saturday night against No. 11 Arizona State at Canyonview Pool...It will be the final home appearance for four seniors—Natalie Hockett, Britta Nordstrom, Sarah Bajorek and Miho Umezawa...The Tritons, now 17-12, are coming off a perfect, 4-0, performance at last weekend’s Loyola Marymount Invitational
The Tritons bounced back from a 5-3 halftime deficit to put away Cal State Bakersfield, 11-9, in their LMU Invitational opener Friday...UCSD scored five of the first six goals in the second half, three by Hockett and three in man-up situations, to take control of the game...Hockett ended up with five goals in the game and her sister, Kim, stopped eight shots in the cage...That afternoon, UC Santa Cruz stuck close early but UCSD, behind six more goals from Hockett, exploded past the Slugs in the second half for a 16-6 victory...Sophomore Sydney Gstettenbauer chipped in with three scores.
There was no drama in Saturday’s first game as Bajorek registered five first half goals to stake the Tritons to a 9-2 halftime lead that eventually became a 12-4 triumph over Colorado State...Junior Judy Emaus tallied twice and Kim Hockett made seven saves in UCSD’s second win over the Rams this year...The tournament finale resulted in 9-7 win over Cal State San Bernardino...The Tritons earned leads of 4-1, 6-2 and 9-4 before the Coyotes responded with three goals in the final three minutes after Sanders’ emptied his bench...Natalie Hockett culminated a big weekend with three goals to lead the offensive effort.
NCAA PLAYOFFS NEXT FOR FIFTH-RANKED MEN’S TENNIS
Ranked No. 5 in the nation and No. 1 in the West Region after finishing its regular season with a 15-6 dual meet ledger, Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s Men’s Tennis team now awaits word on its NCAA Division II Playoff destiny...The post-season lineup is scheduled for release by the NCAA on Sunday, April 29 with play commencing the following week.
The Tritons opened last week with a come-from-behind, 6-3, victory over local NAIA rival Point Loma Tuesday...Down, 2-1, following doubles, UCSD rallied to capture five of the six singles matches, getting straight set triumphs from Eric Rubens (No.1), Seth Spector (No. 3), Brandon Low (No. 4) and Kazumi Negishi (No. 6)...At No. 2, freshman Bijan Moallemi outlasted PLNU’s Jonathan Bowman in three sets...A day later, the Tritons dominated the one and two doubles confrontations by identical, 8-2, scores and were never threatened, posting a 7-2 win at Cal Poly Pomona...Rubens, Low and Blake Meister notched wins in both singles and doubles.
A Saturday match at Sonoma State fell victim to rain and the Tritons were downed, 5-2, by Santa Clara, the 68th-ranked NCAA D-I team, on Sunday...The tandem of Rubens and Meister captured a tough, 8-7, win at No. 1 doubles but the Broncos earned the doubles point (D-I scoring) by snagging Nos. 2-3...The Tritons only two points of the day came in singles where Low (No. 4) and Negishi (No. 6) both battled their way to three-set decisions.
FOURTH STRAIGHT CCAA CROWNS FOR WOMEN’S TENNIS
With a fourth consecutive CCAA championship in tow, the Women’s Tennis team closes out the 2007 regular season with matches at Division I Cal State Fullerton Thursday and Cal State L.A. Saturday...UCSD is now 12-7 overall and ranked 23rd nationally.
Clinching at least a tie for the conference title, the Tritons rocked visiting Cal State Bakersfield, 9-0, on a sunny afternoon last Friday...With the tandem of Justine Fonte and Christy Knudsen leading the way, UCSD swept doubles...Ina Dan, Pooja Desai, Allison Legakis, Yekaterina Milvidskaia and Rina Nakano cruised to two-set singles victory and then senior Marsha Malinow capped things off by posting a three-set triumph at No. 1.
Coach Liz LaPlante’s charges made the CCAA crown official the next day, toppling host Cal Poly Pomona, 7-2, for its 39th straight league win...Malinow/Dan and Legakis/ Milvidskaia provided a 2-1 lead after doubles and then Malinow, Dan, Desai, Legakis and Knudsen prevailed in singles to finish the job.
TRITON GOLFERS AT BUZZINI INVITATIONAL
Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team will be in Northern California today and Tuesday for its traditional end-of-the-regular season participation in the Buzzini Invitational, hosted by Cal State Stanislaus at Turlock Country Club...The 54-hole event will be UCSD’s final outing prior to the CCAA Championships which are slated for April 23-24 at Hunter Ranch Golf Club in Paso Robles.
After firing an opening round team score of 302, UCSD slipped to 323 and 312 on the second and third 18’s and finished 11th at the Otter Invitational, hosted by Cal State Monterey Bay at the Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses in Seaside...D-II powers Washburn (896) and North Alabama (907) went 1-2 in the team race...Individually, sophomore Ryan Bailey and junior Luke Leveillee both tied for 16th with a 54-hole total of 230...Billy Olsen’s 235 left him tied for 37th...Leveillee’s first round 73 was the best 18-hole total of the tourney for UCSD.
YOUTHFUL MEN’S VOLLEYBALL TEAM PLAYS WELL, COMES UP SHORT
Coach Kevin Ring’s Men’s Volleyball team turned in some solid play but got a pair losses to show for it in its final two matches of the season...The Tritons fell 3-0 (30-24, 30-24, 30-28) to No. 4 UCLA Friday night and were beaten 3-0 (30-27, 30-25, 30-19) by No. 3 UC Irvine 24 hours later...The defeats left UCSD with a final record of 5-23.
UCLA may have left with a sweep Friday, but the Tritons made them work every step of the way...UCSD had three point advantages midway through games one and two and was tied at 27 with the Bruins in game three yet was unable to get over the top... Freshmen Jason Spangler (16) and Will Ehrman (11) combined for 27 kills and the latter pitched in with two aces as well...Senior Brooks Dierdorff padded his career best assist total, handing out 38 on the night.
Spangler piled up a team high 12 kills vs.UCI on Senior Night and the Tritons hit .227 as a team but the taller, quicker Anteaters hit at a .400 clip, ripped seven aces and owned a 7-4 edge in the blocking department.
SD CITY CREW EVENT RE-SCHEDULED FOR MIDWEEK
Postponed Sunday due to high winds on Mission Bay, the San Diego City Crew Championships have been re-scheduled for this week with the women’s eights competing Tuesday and the women’s fours and full men’s squads going Wednesday on the West Mission Bay Course...UCSD, San Diego State and USD are in the field...Start time is 6:00 AM both days...On Saturday, the women will have their final tune-up prior to the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships taking on Chapman on the West Mission Bay course.
Last Saturday, Coach Zach Johnson’s men suffered a bit of a letdown following their big performance in the San Diego Crew Classic...At the annual Newport Invitational, the varsity eight was second to UCLA, a reverse of the outcome in the Crew Classic's Cal Cup...The novice eight was also second and the JV eight took third.
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