UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (April 23, 2007)
Release: Sunday 04/22/2007 
by UCSD
Single season home run record holder Matt Cantele and the UCSD  Baseball team are home this weekend vs. Cal State Stanislaus.
Single season home run record holder Matt Cantele...
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 Single season home run record holder Matt Cantele and the UCSD  Baseball team are home this weekend vs. Cal State Stanislaus.
Week’s Events:

Mon., Apr. 23---Golf---UCSD at CCAA Championships---All Day

Tue., Apr. 24---Golf---UCSD at CCAA Championships---All Day

Fri., Apr. 27---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---3:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 27---Water Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championships---1:45 PM

Sat., Apr. 28---Water Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championships---TBA
Sat., Apr. 28---Crew---UCSD at WIRA Championships---8:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 28---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 28---Softball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Marcos (DH)---Noon

Sun., Apr. 29---Water Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championships---TBA
Sun., Apr. 29---Crew---UCSD at WIRA Championships---8:00 AM
Sun., Apr. 29---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---Noon


BASEBALL HOSTS STANISLAUS FOR KEY FOUR-GAME SET
After dropping three-of-four at Chico State last weekend, Coach Dan O’Brien’s Baseball team confronts a four-game home stand against Cal State Stanislaus this weekend, its berth in the CCAA Championship tournament squarely on the line...With just eight conference games remaining, UCSD is 30-17 overall and 9-9 in CCAA play...The Tritons are deadlocked with 12th-ranked Chico State for third place...Cal State San Bernardino is currently fourth in the conference (18-14) and Stanislaus is sixth (12-14)...The top four teams make the tournament.

Monday, in a rain re-schedule, UCSD edged Cal State Monterey Bay in a 9-8 barnburner as sophomore Matt Cantele tied the school single season record with his 18th home run...It was a solo shot in the seventh inning that broke an 8-8 tie and proved to be the game-winner...Big innings were the order of the day as both teams put up their first eight runs in just two innings...Second baseman Garrett Imeson had three of UCSD’s 13 hits...Four others had two hits apiece and right fielder Bryan Silverman hit a home run...Eric Abraham, the third of five Triton pitchers, got the win with Derek Barham picking up the save.

O’Brien & Co. split a Friday doubleheader on their first day in Chico...The Wildcats grabbed game one, riding a three-run second inning homer and the strong pitching of undefeated Nick Bryant to the win...The Tritons got eight hits in the game, two each from Vance Albitz, Chris Franco and John Roth and picked up their only two runs in the eighth...The two teams combined for 24 hits in the second game as UCSD overcame a three-run deficit with six in the sixth on the way to a 10-7 triumph...Franco and Roth each had another pair of hits but the big blows came in the sixth—Jonathan Erickson’s two-run single and Matt Lawson’s three-RBI double...Trevor Decker got the start but it was Tim Strombel poaching the win with Barham tossing the final two innings for his seventh save.

In the first of a scheduled two games Saturday, the Wildcats nipped UCSD, 4-3...Morehead was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and Cantele’s 19th homer put him in the record bok, but it was not enough to keep pitcher Nick Rodieck, who threw a creditable six innings, from taking his first loss of the year...The second game was rained out.

Sunday’s make up game was anything but a reprieve for the Tritons...Freshman hurler Kirby St. John sailed through the first four innings and took a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth...That’s when the roof caved in as the Wildcats erupted for seven runs, followed by four in each of the next two frames...Cantele had two hits and two RBIs as well as home run No. 20.

SOFTBALL TEAM EARNS BERTH IN CCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNEY
With a slot in the inaugural CCAA Championship tournament in hand, Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team finishes up the regular season at home Saturday with a doubleheader against NAIA Cal State San Marcos...After collecting three straight victories last weekend at Chico State, the Tritons bring an overall mark of 32-23 into the Senior Day twinbill and closed out the conference season at 23-12, good for third place.

Tuesday, the Tritons split a tight doubleheader with Cal State Bakersfield, winning the opener, 5-0, behind the six-inning three-hit pitching of Melissa Ward, before getting shut out, 1-0, in game two...Second baseman Danielle Lukk had three hits in the first game and freshman shortstop Mandy Eliades hit her first home run of the season while driving in two...UCSD piled up seven hits in the nightcap, two each by first baseman Jenni Habib and left fielder Randelle Bundy, but stranded all seven runners...Ward was the hard luck loser.

UCSD punched its CCAA Championship ticket Friday, sweeping Chico State, 5-0 and 4-3...Ward was her usual dazzling self in the opener, putting down the Wildcats on just one hit while whiffing four...Up, 1-0, the Tritons laid matters to rest with a four-run sixth...Eliades had three of UCSD’s six hits and all five runs were unearned thanks to a pair of critical Chico errors...In game two, a three-run seventh inning rally made a winner of junior Nicole Fullerton who went all the way on the bump, scattering seven hits...UCSD had eight knocks of its own, two each by Maze and Carino, and it was Maze who singled home Carino with the game-winning run in the final frame...Megan Grace got the seventh inning run-scoring party started by doubling home pinch runner Bundy.

Saturday, Chico State’s Rachel Gendron was cruising with a 3-0 lead through five and throwing a no-hitter to boot...That all came crashing down in the sixth as a two-run single by Eliades followed by Maze’s two-run dinger lifted the Tritons to a 4-3 triumph...Ward snagged win No. 25, tying the UCSD single season mark set by Vanessa Davis in 1984...The second game was called in the third inning due to persistent rain.

WOMEN’S WATER POLO CHASES WWPA TITLE THIS WEEKEND
Seeded fourth, the 15th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team will be eyeing an NCAA Championship berth when it goes to UC Santa Cruz this week for the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championship...The winner will advance to the eight-team NCAA Championship, May 11-13, in Long Beach...If seeding holds, the Tritons will open against fifth-seeded Cal State Bakersfield Friday and with a win would face top-seeded UC Davis in the semi-finals.

The Tritons culminated the regular season Saturday night, dropping a 9-8 heartbreaker to No. 11 Arizona State at Canyonview...The Sun Devils scored the clincher in a man-up situation with just 42 seconds to go...The goal negated a gritty effort by UCSD which trailed much of the way and twice came back from two-goal deficits to tie the score in the second half...Sophomore goalie Kim Hockett kept the Tritons in the fray with several clutch saves and it was a goal by senior Britta Nordstrom during a 6-on-5 advantage that had knotted it at eight with 2:34 to go...An opening goal by Sydney Gstettenbauer, who had a pair on the night, and the first of two Sarah Bajorek penalty shots gave UCSD early 1-0 and 2-1 advantages.

IMPROVING GOLF TEAM TAKES ON SEVEN AT CCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Playing perhaps its best golf at just the right time, Coach Mike Wydra’s young Triton Golf team will be looking to build on its most recent performance when it travels to Paso Robles for the seven-team CCAA Championships, today and tomorrow, at Hunter Ranch Golf Club...UCSD placed seventh in this event in 2006 but junior Luke Leveillee and sophomore Noah Moss will be the only players on this year’s five-man roster who were on that team...Based on season-long results, the Tritons would virtually have to win the CCAA title in order to make the NCAA Super Regional field in two weeks.

That may not be as tall an order as it seemed just two weeks ago...Wydra’s charges came alive in Turlock last week at the annual Buzzini Invitational, finishing third in the 17-team tournament, leaving four of the CCAA teams they will face this week in their wake...UCSD finished at 889 (297-294-298) as a team, behind only host Cal State Stanislaus (861) and Grand Canyon (883)...Sophomore Nathan Phan, who fired a four-under par 68 in the second round, was the individual leader, carding a 54-hole total of 220...He was followed by Ryan Bailey (221), Billy Olsen (223) and Luke Leveillee (227).

MEN’S CREW SWEEPS S.D. CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Coach Zach Johnson’s Men’s Crew team re-established its local dominance last Wednesday, capturing all four races at the San Diego City Championships in solid fashion...The varsity eight, consisting of Derek Huffman, Brenden Carriker, Tyler Sutterley, Shawn Hay, Gilbert Collins, Darren Von Platen, Ryan Andre, Michael Zurko and coxswain Joe Gram glided to a four-second victory over runner-up USD while the Triton JV boat knocked of San Diego State for third.

Sutterley and Carriker returned to team with Jared Whittier, Will Stuart and coxswain Shanti Tharayil to snag the varsity four while Andre and Zurko joined forces with Yo Miyamoto, Danny Lama and coxswain Cameron Biltucci in winning the lightweight four.

Next up for Johnson’s squad is the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships, Saturday and Sunday at Sacramento’s Lake Natoma...The UCSD men won the overall WIRA crown for the first time last spring but will be looking to better their showing in the varsity eight where they were second to Colorado.

WOMEN’S CREW EDGED BY SDSU; WIRA THIS WEEKEND
Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s third-ranked Women’s Crew team heads to Sacramento for the annual Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships, set for Lake Natoma, Saturday and Sunday.
 
Last Tuesday and Wednesday, the Tritons hooked up with San Diego State and USD for the San Diego City Championships, re-scheduled from April 15...The two biggest races of the day for UCSD were the varsity eight and the lightweight four...In the V-8, the Tritons were beaten in the final furlong by a surging San Diego State crew with USD 13 seconds behind in third...In a stirring race, the two top crews came off the line even, were still nose-to-nose at the midway point and then, shockingly, UCSD pressed out to a two-and-a-half seat lead in the third quarter of the race and was still leading with just 300 meters to go...The Aztecs then put it in overdrive, catching the Tritons a bit by surprise, but still had to go all out to secure a six-seat win...Along with coxswain Leslie Sjobom, the crew consisted of Monica Switick, Jen Myers, Leah Llach, Anna Simeon, Kali Webb, Kim Shaffer, Kelsey Thomas and Megan Hagquist.

The foursome of Thomas, Hagquist, Harris and Shaffer, directed by Sjobom, won the lightweight eight, pulling away from second place USD to post a two-length victory... The novice eight and four were both second while the varsity four, JV eight and novice lightweight garnered thirds.

Saturday morning, the women won three-of-five races against visiting Chapman...The varsity eight prevailed handily with a 24-second margin while the JV and novice eights enjoyed similarly comfortable victories...Equipment problems led to the UCSD lightweight eight losing a five-second decision while Chapman was a clear-cut winner in the novice four.

TWO RECORDS FALL IN TRITON TRACK & FIELD INVITATIONAL
With the annual Triton Invitational in the books, the Track & Field team gets the week off before heading to the Bay Area for the 2007 CCAA Championships, hosted by San Francisco State...The Triton women are two-time defending CCAA champs while the men placed second last spring.

While the Triton Invitational is characterized in large part by its sheer size, there was also a good deal of quality produced by Coach Tony Salerno’s squad last weekend...Two new school records were posted...The first came on the flying feet of junior hurdler Laiah Blue who is making this type of thing commonplace...Saturday, she became the first UCSD athlete to break the 60-second barrier in the 400 hurdles, clocking 59.87 to break the mark she set earlier this year...Blue came back at the end of the day join Corey Sheredy, Anna Lee McGregor and Amber Green in a standard-setting performance in the 4x400 relay...The quartet went 3.47.48, knocking down the UCSD record by half a second with the seventh-fastest mark in the nation this year.

Other impressive numbers were registered by Whitney Johnson (triple jump/1st/40-6.75), Diane Dunn (3,000/4th/9:58.15) and Chris Yu (long jump/5th/21-10.25)...Dunn and fifth place finisher Emily McGregor both put up strong NCAA provisional qualifying times.

MEN’S TENNIS AWAITS NCAA ASSIGNMENT
Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s 5th-ranked Men’s Tennis team will find out Wednesday what its path to the NCAA Division II Championships will look like...When the NCAA releases the 2007 bracket, UCSD figures to host one regional match that, if it wins, will propel the Tritons into the 16-team NCAA Championship field for the fourth consecutive year.

NCAA PLAYOFFS NEXT FOR WOMEN’S TENNIS
After posting its fourth consecutive undefeated season in the CCAA, the Women’s Tennis team will now prepare for the NCAA Division II Playoffs...The NCAA bracket will be announced Wednesday with a May 4 first round match at UCSD a likely scenario.

On the road, Thursday, Division I Cal State Fullerton overpowered LaPlante’s charges, 6-1...Allison Legakis secured the only point at No. 4 singles...Saturday, the Tritons made it a perfect 10 straight in the CCAA with a 9-0 pasting of host Cal State L.A., who many had been touting in the pre-season as a team that could potentially bring an end to UCSD’s conference reign...Marsha Malinow, Ina Dan, Justine Fonte, Christy Knudsen and Legakis all won in both doubles and single for UC.


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