THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Chris Franco and the Triton Baseball team play at Petco Park Tuesday.
Tue., May 1---Baseball---UCSD vs. Point Loma (@Petco Park)---3:15 PM
Thu., May 3---Women's Tennis---UCSD at Hawaii Pacific (NCAA)---TBD
Thu., May 3---Track & Field---UCSD at CCAA Championships---10:00 AM
Thu., May 3---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---3:00 PM
Thu., May 3---Softball---UCSD at CCAA Championships---1:00 PM
Fri., May 4---Track & Field---UCSD at CCAA Championships---10:00 AM
Fri., May 4---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---3:00 PM
Fri., May 4---Softball---UCSD at CCAA Championships---TBA
Sat., May 5---Track & Field---UCSD at CCAA Championships---10:00 AM
Sat., May 5---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State L.A. (DH)---Noon
Sat., May 5---Softball---UCSD at CCAA Championships---TBA
CCAA TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN S.F. THIS WEEKEND
Coach Tony Salerno’s Track & Field team goes to the Bay Area this weekend for the 2007 CCAA Championships, hosted by San Francisco State...The UCSD women, strong across the board, will be looking for a three-peat while a youthful men’s squad will be hard-pressed to improve on last spring’s runner-up finish.
Four 2006 individual champions return for UCSD—Laiah Blue (100 hurdles), Emily McGregor (5,000 m.), Madeleine Flint (pole vault) and Scott Tsuda (triple jump)...As the Tritons are on the women’s side, Chico State is the prohibitive favorite in the men’s competition with UCSD, Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State L.A. figuring to fight it out for second.
SOFTBALL TEAM PLAYS STANISLAUS IN CCAA TOURNEY OPENER
Heading to the post-season for the first time since 2002, Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team travels to Humboldt where it will open the first-ever CCAA Championship tournament against Cal State Stanislaus at 1:00 PM Thursday...Conference regular season champ Humboldt State and San Francisco State round out the field in the double elimination event.
Currently ranked third in the region, the Tritons are virtually assured of a slot in the NCAA Regionals which start the following week...Depending upon a number of factors, the site of the eight-team, May 10-14 Regional could be UCSD...That decision will be made in the next week.
Meanwhile, Gerckens’ club closed out the regular season with a doubleheader sweep of NAIA Cal State San Marcos (7-3, 5-2) Saturday...With junior lefty Melissa Ward throwing, UCSD raced out to a 7-0 lead in game one before the Cougars scored three late runs against the bullpen, necessitating Ward’s return to quell the rally...Ward finished with her school single season record 26th win...In a scoring anomaly, Ward got both the win and the save...The Tritons rapped out 10 hits total with third baseman Jenny Maze getting three of them, producing three runs batted in...Sophomore right fielder Allison May had two hits, one a solo homer...UCSD had to rally in game two, scoring four in the sixth inning to pull out the victory...Five of the Tritons eight hits came in the decisive sixth frame and Kelsey Ferguson, the second of three UC hurlers, tossed three shutout innings while notching her first win.
BASEBALL GAINS CCAA TOURNAMENT BERTH; FINISHES REGULAR SEASON VS. CAL STATE L.A.
After winning three-of-four from visiting Cal State Stanislaus last weekend and clinching a CCAA Championship tournament slot in the process, Coach Dan O’Brien’s Baseball team will be back home Thursday and Friday for single games against nationally-ranked Cal State L.A. before playing a doubleheader against the Golden Eagles in L.A. Saturday...CSULA will host the CCAA Championship the following week...UCSD brings a 33-18 record (22-10/4th CCAA) into Thursday’s clash....Cal State L.A. is 35-10-1 overall and 25-7 (second) in the conference.
Although it has no conference or post-season ramifications, perhaps the most exciting game the Tritons will play this week comes Tuesday when they hook up with crosstown rival NAIA Point Loma at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres...For tickets to that game, check the UCSD Athletic website (home page, right column).
In Friday’s series lid lifter, Stanislaus right hander Marquis Fleming baffled the Tritons, surrendering just six hits in a complete game, 7-1, victory...The Warriors picked up three in the third and that proved more than enough for Fleming...UCSD got its lone run on a pair of ninth inning doubles by second baseman Garrett Imeson and right fielder John Roth.
The Tritons atoned quickly, sweeping the Warriors (5-2, 8-1) in Saturday’s doubleheader...Sophomore Trevor Decker started game one but it was reliever Nick Rodieck who snagged the victory with two-plus out of the bullpen as UCSD rebounded from a 2-0 deficit...A four-run sixth turned that trick as the Tritons scored all four with two out...DH Chris Franco’s two-run single was the key blow...Franco and third baseman Chris Hom both had a pair of hits and Franco drove in three...There was little drama in game two as the Tritons plated three in the first inning, three more in the second and cruised behind a big complete game effort from freshman Kirby St. John...St. John gave up five hits and struck out seven while accruing win No. 5, his first since March 15...Imeson, Hom and Matt Lawson each had two of UCSD’s 10 hits.
The Tritons made it three straight Sunday with an 11-5 romp that featured home runs by Hom, David Morehead and Matt Cantele (his team-leading 21st)...The round trippers by Cantele and Hom came in a five-hit, seven run fifth inning that blew open a tight contest...Morehead had a big afternoon with a single, double and HR, while scoring twice and driving home three... Michael Thomson started for the Tritons but Todd Gimenez, the third of five hurlers used by O’Brien, got the win, his third...The three HRs gave UCSD a school single season record 63 for the season.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO TAKES THIRD AT CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
Coach Larry Sanders’ Women’s Water Polo team finished a very solid 2007 season with a third place finish at the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championship last weekend in Santa Cruz...The Tritons wound up 19-14 overall and are currently ranked 15th in the nation.
Fourth-seeded in the WWPA shootout, UCSD got off on the right foot in first round action, drubbing fifth-seeded Cal State Bakersfield, 12-8, behind a six-goal explosion from senior Natalie Hockett...Four of Hockett’s tallies came in the second quarter helping the Tritons roll up a 9-4 lead by halftime.
UCSD’s conference title hopes were snatched away in a heartbreaking, 7-6, overtime loss to top-seeded and ninth-ranked UC Davis Saturday...The Tritons were 47 seconds away from a berth in the championship game when the Aggies scored immediately off a foul re-set to tie the game and send it into OT...Davis scored on a lob, early in first overtime period and UCSD was unable to answer...Sarah Bajorek, whose penalty shot early in the fourth period had put the Tritons in control, 6-5, scored twice, as did Hockett...The player of the game might have been Kim Hockett who made a tournament high 17 saves in the cage, including seven in the fourth quarter.
Bajorek (three goals) and Hockett (two) were in the limelight again Sunday, lifting the Tritons to a 7-5 triumph over third-seeded and 16th-ranked Santa Clara and third place in the tournament...Down, 3-2 in the second quarter, UCSD scored three straight goals to take a lead they would not relinquish...Bajorek earned first team All-WWPA honors while the both Hockett sisters were named to the second team...Loyola Marymount, a team UCSD defeated earlier in the year, upended UC Davis, 6-5, in overtime to take the WWPA crown.
WOMEN’S TENNIS WINS FIRST NCAA OUTING; ROUND TWO ON ROAD
After successfully navigating the first round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday, Coach Liz LaPlante’s Women’s Tennis team flies to Hawaii to meet Hawaii Pacific Thursday.... UCSD, ranked 23rd nationally, is now 14-9 on the year...HPU, which defeated UCSD, 8-1, in La Jolla earlier this season, has a 15-4 record and earned a first round bye...The winner of Thursday’s confrontation advances to the NCAA Championships, May 9-12, in Florida.
Last Saturday, the Tritons had little trouble dispatching Sonoma State, its first round NCAA foe...After Marsha Malinow/Dan at No. 1 and Yekaterina Milvidskaia/Allison Legakis at No. 3 staked UCSD to a 2-1 lead after doubles, Malinow, Dan and Legakis quickly posted two-set singles victories to clinch the match at 5-1.
MEN’S TENNIS OPENS NCAA AT HOME FRIDAY
Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s Men’s Tennis team, ranked fifth in the nation and first in the region, open up NCAA play Friday morning when it hosts Sonoma State at 10:00 AM on the North Courts...The Tritons steamrolled the Seawolves, 8-1, earlier this year at home and a second match in Sonoma was rained out.
Steidlmayer is expected to send out Eric Rubens, Bijan Moallemi, Seth Spector, Brandon Low, Steve Oechel and Kazumi Negishi in singles with Rubens/Blake Meister, Spector/Oechel and Moallemi/Negishi taking the court in doubles...Friday’s winner goes to the NCAA Championships in Orlando, FL, May 9-12.
WOMEN’S CREW WINS VARSITY EIGHT AT WIRA
The third-ranked Women’s Crew continued its impressive run towards a repeat NCAA Championship bid by winning the Division II/III varsity eight in dominating fashion at Sunday’s Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships on Lake Natoma in Sacramento...The historic race was the Tritons’ first-ever win in the WIRA V-8...UCSD got off the line well and had already opened up a boat length on the field in the first 250 meters...By the end of the race, the margin was five boats lengths and 15 seconds over second place Long Beach State...Leslie Sjobom coxed the crew which included Monica Switick, Jen Myers, Leah Llach, Anna Simeon, Kali Webb, Megan Hatlen, Kelsey Thomas and Megan Hagquist.
While the most prominent, the varsity eight did not produce the only highlights for UCSD at the 35-team regatta...On the varsity side, the lightweight eight and lightweight four both earned bronze medals, while the open four was sixth and junior varsity eighth 12th...The pair took seventh...Assistant Coach Liz Record’s capable novice squad reached the grand final in two of its three races...The novice eight collected fifth and the four 11th while the lightweight four hit the podium with its third place.
MEN’S CREW SHINES AT WIRA
Showing both quality and depth, Coach Zach Johnson’s Men’s Crew team placed all six of the boats it entered into grand finals Sunday at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships on Sacramento’s Lake Natoma...The Tritons had to settle for third in the three-boat varsity eight photo finish but took second in the total points race to Orange Coast College which had several more entries.
In the V-8 race, using the same lineup that won the Cal Cup at the Crew Classic, the Tritons were edged by both UC Davis and Gonzaga as the three teams were separated by a mere half second...The JV-eight was nosed out in another photo with Gonzaga taking the gold by 0.6 seconds...On the novice side, the eight and four were both third while the lightweight four was second in a third photo, this one showing a 0.6 differential between Cal and the runner-up Tritons...Johnson and Co. finish the 2007 campaign in two weeks at the ECAC Championships in New Jersey.
GOLFERS EARN WAY INTO NCAA SUPER REGIONAL
Despite having one of the youngest rosters in the nation, Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team will be heading to Denver for the NCAA Division II Super Regional, May 7-9, at Fox Hollow Golf Club...The Tritons are one of eight teams from the West Region competing in Denver...Eight teams from the Northwest Region will also be in the field...The top finisher from each region as well as the next three finishers, regardless of region, will advance to the NCAA Division II Championships.
UCSD closed out its regular season with a seventh place finish at the CCAA Championships...The Tritons turned in a 54-hole team score of 895 (297-299-299) on the 6,741, par 72 Hunter Ranch course in Paso Robles...Sophomore Nathan Phan was again the top individual, carding a three-over par 219, good for 13th place...Following Phan, in order, were Billy Olsen (T17th/221), Noah Moss (T27th/226), Ryan Bailey (T32nd/229) and Luke Leveillee (37th/238)...Phan’s opening round 72 was the low 18 of the tourney for UCSD...Cal State Stanislaus won the team title at 860.
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