THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
| Athlete of the Meet, Whitney Johson's long jump and triple jump wins helped lead the UCSD Women to the CCAA Track & Field title.|
Mon., May 7---Golf---UCSD at NCAA Super Regional---All Day
Tue., May 8---Golf---UCSD at NCAA Super Regional---All Day
Wed., May 9---Golf---UCSD at NCAA Super Regional---All Day
Wed., May 9---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---All Day
Thu., May 10---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---All Day
Thu., May 10---Softball---UCSD at NCAA Division II Regional---2:00 PM
Thu., May 10---Baseball---UCSD at CCAA Championships---3:00 PM
Fri., May 11---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---All Day
Fri., May 11---Softball---UCSD at NCAA Division II Regional---TBD
Fri., May 11---Baseball---UCSD at CCAA Championships---TBD
Sat., May 12---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---All Day
Sat., May 12---Men’s Crew---UCSD at ECAC Championships---All Day
Sat., May 12---Women’s Crew---UCSD at Pacific Coast Rowing Champion.---8:00 AM
Sat., May 12---Softball---UCSD at NCAA Division II Regional---TBD
Sat., May 12---Baseball---UCSD at CCAA Championships---TBD
Sun., May 13---Softball---UCSD at NCAA Division II Regional---TBD
FIFTH-RANKED MEN’S TENNIS HEADS TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHPS
Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s Men’s Tennis team has earned its way into the NCAA Division II Championships round of 16 for the fourth consecutive year...The fifth-ranked Tritons will face Northwest Missouri State Wednesday in Altamonte Springs, FL with the winner advancing to the quarterfinals the next day...UCSD is 16-6 on the season.
The Tritons bulldozed visiting Sonoma State, 5-0, in Friday’s NCAA first round action...The doubles twosomes of Eric Rubens/Blake Meister, Seth Spector/Steve Oechel and Kazumi Negishi/Bijan Moallemi all won handily to put UCSD up 3-0...The Tritons were leading in five of the six singles matches when Moallemi (No. 2) and Negishi (No. 6) closed out to clinch the outcome.
UCSD WOMEN GARNER THIRD STRAIGHT CCAA TRACK & FIELD TITLE
It was three-peat time for the women’s team at the CCAA Track & Field Championships in San Francisco last weekend as UCSD buried second place Chico State by 82 points to claim its third consecutive conference crown...On the men’s side, UCSD scored 83 points which resulted in a fifth place finish as Chico State (182) repeated as the league’s top team.
It was an impressive display of quality and depth in the women’s chase as UCSD accumulated seven individual and both relay titles and scored in every event while amassing its 240 points...Juniors Laiah Blue and Athlete of the Meet Whitney Johnson were double winners for Coach Tony Salerno...The speedy Blue captured both the 100 (13.83) and 400 (61.25) hurdles while Johnson got the gold in the long jump (19-5.5) and triple jump (41-3.25), snapping a 16-year-old meet mark in the latter...Also reaching the top of the podium were freshman Linda Rainwater in the high jump (5-7), junior Lauren Anderson in the shot put (41-10.5) and sophomore Sarah Hendy in the discus (142-11)...The winning 4x100 relay quartet of Amber Green, Katie Skorupa, Christine Merrill and Blue clocked a school record 47.1 while the 4x400 unit of Corey Sheredy, McGregor, Blue and Green turned in a blistering 3:48.35.
The UCSD women also registered five runner-up performances—Diane Dunn (1,500/4:37.52 & 3,000/9:57.98), Anna Lee McGregor (400/52.69), Melissa Karnaze (hammer/155-3) and Rainwater (heptathlon/4,610)... Blue’s triumph in the 400 hurdles keyed a 1-2-3-5 finish in that event, while her win the short sticks gave her back-to-back conference titles...Rainwater, whose heptathlon total bested her own school record, snagged Freshman of the Year honors.
The Triton men netted 83 points on the day and put five athletes in the top three...The quintet included Khalil Hooper (110 HH/3rd/15.3), Casey Ryan (high jump/2nd/6-9), Dan Noel (400 IH/3rd/54.07), Scott Tsuda (triple jump/3rd/46-4.25) and Fred Cook (hammer/3rd/156-2)...Hooper wound up with the bronze after blazing 14.76 in the prelims, the top qualifying mark by almost half a second...Tsuda was the CCAA triple jump champ last spring as a freshman.
BASEBALL OPENS AGAINST SONOMA STATE AT CCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
After splitting a four-game home-and-home series with No. 5-ranked Cal State L.A., Coach Dan O’Brien’s Baseball team will make its fourth straight trip to the CCAA Championship tournament, Thursday through Saturday at Cal State L.A.’s Reeder Field...UCSD (35-21 overall/24-12 CCAA) will be the fourth seed and open against regular season champ Sonoma State at 3:00 PM Thursday...A victory puts them in a 3:00 PM winner’s bracket contest Friday while a defeat will mean an 11:00 AM loser’s bracket date...The championship game is slated for Saturday ...UCSD went 1-3 vs. the Seawolves during the regular season with all four games being played in Sonoma...Cal State L.A. and Chico State round out the championship field.
Daniel Simmons and Nick Rodieck combined to shut out the Cal State L.A., 6-0, on five hits, Friday...The Tritons broke the game open, scoring four in the fifth and another pair in the sixth...They racked up nine hits as seniors Matt Lawson, John Roth and Jonathan Erickson and freshman shortstop Vance Albitz had two apiece...Lawson and Roth both had a double and two RBIs.
Sophomore righthander Trevor Decker got his eighth win as the Tritons made it two straight Friday with a 9-3 triumph...UCSD turned around a 2-0 deficit with a four-run fifth, keyed by a two-run Lawson homer...O’Brien’s club made it a runaway with two more in the seventh and three in the eighth...Catcher Bryan Silverman and first baseman Chris Franco each had three hits...Overall, the Tritons pounded out 14 knocks and one of Franco’s was his 12th homer.
The two teams went to L.A. for a regular season-ending doubleheader Saturday and UCSD found the going much tougher on the Golden Eagles’ home field, dropping both ends, 11-6 and 9-8...In the opener, Cal State L.A. pounced on starter Kirby St. John for four first inning runs and proceeded to score in six of the next seven innings...Seniors David Morehead and Roth were bright spots for UCSD offensively...Roth collected three hits while Morehead had two (one a HR), scored two runs and drove in three...In the nightcap, the Tritons scored four of their own in the first and never trailed until L.A.’s Kyle Williams singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth...Lawson and sophomore Matt Cantele both rocked round trippers, the latter upping his single season school record to 22 while posting four RBIs...Albitz drilled three hits while Lawson, Cantele and second baseman Garrett Imeson each had two.
Last Tuesday, the Tritons had the rare opportunity to play in a Major League ballpark...Despite losing, 6-1, to crosstown foe Point Loma, the experience was all positive for UCSD, especially senior Matt Lawson who made a circus catch in center field and cranked a solo home run in the ninth inning...O’Brien used five pitchers with starter Tim Strombel absorbing the loss.
NCAA REGIONALS NEXT UP FOR SOFTBALL TEAM
For the first time since 2002, Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team is in the NCAA Division II Regionals which open Thursday in Turlock...The eight-team double elimination event will run through at least Sunday and possibly Monday with the winner advancing to the NCAA Championships next week in Akron, OH...Coming off a two-and-out performance at last week’s CCAA Championships in Humboldt, the Tritons are now 34-25 on the year...There first round NCAA opponent will be CCAA rival Sonoma State (31-30)...The two teams split a four-game series at Sonoma in February.
Southpaw starter Melissa Ward was touched up for four unearned runs and six total in the first four innings as Cal State Stanislaus topped UCSD, 6-2, in last Thursday’s opening round of the CCAA tournament...The Tritons two runs came on a pair of solo home runs, freshman Amanda Eliades and senior Dallas Hernandez doing the honors...Another freshman, catcher Nicole Saari had UCSD’s other two hits.
Friday’s second round offered no solace for Gerckens’ crew as San Francisco State hammered the normally rock solid Ward for 14 hits in a 5-3 win...UCSD led, 3-0, in this one as senior Nikki Palmer jump-started the Tritons with a two-run second inning homer...Eliades and center fielder Brittni Carino each had two of UCSD’s six hits...Prior to the start of the championship, Carino and Saari were named to the All-CCAA first team while Ward and third baseman Jenny Maze were second team honorees...Gercken’s was selected CCAA Coach of the Year and Saari earned CCAA Freshman of the Year recognition.
WOMEN’S TENNIS FALLS TO HAWAII PACIFIC IN NCAA REGIONAL
For the second year in a row, the end of the season came in the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament for the Women’s Tennis team...Coach Liz LaPlante’s club was defeated, 5-1, by host Hawaii Pacific last Thursday, leaving it with a 14-9 ledger.
Three hotly-contested doubles matches concluded with Hawaii Pacific up, 2-1...At No. 1 doubles, Marsha Malinow and Ina Dan prevailed, 9-8, but the Sea Warriors came out on top 8-6 at No. 2 and 9-7 at No. 3...HPU picked up straight set wins at No. 3 and No. 6 singles to finish things up.
MEN’S CREW TAKES ON NATIONAL FIELD AT ECAC EVENT
Coach Zach Johnson and the Men’s Rowing team will conclude their 2007 season in Cherry Hill, NJ Saturday at the ECAC National Invitational Championships... Johnson will be entering two boats, a varsity and junior varsity eight in the prestigious regatta.
The varsity eight will feature 24 teams including the Tritons’ West Coast rival, UC Davis...It will be the rubber match for the two UC boats...UCSD knocked off Davis to win the Cal Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic but the Aggies turned the tables, prevailing in a three-boat photo at the WIRA Championships two weeks ago in Sacramento.
TRITON ROWERS AIM FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE NCAA BERTH
Looking for a third straight invitation to the NCAA Division II Championships and the second in a row as a team, Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s Women’s Crew faces off against the top teams in the West at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships on Sacramento’s Lake Natoma.
One automatic and potentially one "at-large" NCAA berth are up for grabs at the PCRC's...In combined varsity eight and varsity four scoring, this weekend's winner will definitely be heading to Oak Ridge, TN for the May 24-27 NCAA Division II Championships...In all likelihood, the runner-up will snag the "at-large" invitation...Prime challengers for No. 3-ranked UCSD will be top-ranked defending NCAA champ Western Washington, Seattle Pacific and Humboldt State...In addition to the D-II eight and four races, Pinkerton will send out boats in the lightweight four, pairs and open eight, which the Tritons won last spring.
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