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Athletics Roundup: Women's Tennis Win Streak is 12; Men's Tennis, Rowing, Softball, Baseball

Athletics Roundup: Women's Tennis Win Streak is 12; Men's Tennis, Rowing, Softball, Baseball

The No. 38-ranked University of San Diego women’s tennis team took its talents and its winning streak to the Bay Area last weekend and both continued to shine in West Coast Conference play.

USD swept San Francisco, 4-0, on April 6 and then defeated Santa Clara, 4-2, on Sunday to increase its winning streak to 12 matches, a 14-2 overall record and 5-0 in conference. USD has not lost a team match since Feb. 16 at Oregon.

Against San Francisco, USD won the doubles point on the strength of wins by No. 3 Kati Kukaras-Gemma Garcia and No. 1 team of Maria-Paula Torres-Solymar Colling. The Kukaras-Garcia duo has won 12 straight doubles matches. The Torres-Colling pair has won seven straight and is 9-2 in the No. 1 slot.

In singles play against the Dons, Colling, Torres and Kukaras won their matches to close out the victory and the team’s fourth sweep of the season.

At Santa Clara, USD again won the doubles point with No. 3 Sophia Chow and Gemma Garcia and No. 2 Daniela Morales and Maria Tyrina picking up victories. In singles play, Tyrina, Colling and Chow won to clinch the match. Santa Clara got as close as 2-2 before Colling and Chow’s victories.

Next Matches: USD hosts Pepperdine, Friday, 1 p.m., Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center; USD hosts Loyola Marymount, Sunday, 11 a.m., Hogan Tennis Center.

Men’s Tennis

The USD men’s tennis team returned to its winning form, shaking off a West Coast Conference loss to BYU on March 30 and the loss of its nine-game win streak by trouncing Santa Clara 5-0 at home on April 7.

“We did a great job bouncing back after a tough road loss at BYU,” USD Coach Ryan Keckley said. “"We spent a lot of time sharpening our skill-sets in doubles and it showed in the win. Santa Clara is known for their fight and competitiveness. I thought we captured the momentum early and never looked back."

The Toreros secured the doubles point on wins by No. 1 Nico Borter-Gui Osorio and No. 3 Noah Dufort-David Norfeldt. In singles, Norfeldt, Osorio and Joel Gamerov won to clinch the victory. August Holmgren opted to finish his match and won at the No. 2 position.

Next Matches: USD at Loyola Marymount, Saturday, 1 p.m., Los Angeles; USD at Pepperdine, Sunday, 1 p.m., Malibu, Calif. 

Men’s Rowing and Women’s Rowing

The University of San Diego women and men’s rowing teams competed at the 46th annual San Diego Crew Classic on April 6-7 at Crown Point Shores on Mission Bay.

The men’s team vied in two finals on Sunday, winning both races. In the Men’s Collegiate 2V Sharp Memorial Cup Final Two, USD’s group topped San Diego State by nine seconds with a time of 6 minutes, 50.170 seconds. Later Sunday, USD took the eight-team Men’s Varsity American Specialty Health Cup Final Two race in a time of 6:17.509. Boston College was second, 4.1 seconds behind and West Point was third, 5.3 seconds back.

On Saturday, the USD women’s team won the 8 Women’s Collegiate 2V Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy Final Three race in a time of 7:23.066. Drexel was second 5.2 seconds behind and Fordham was third, 17.7 seconds back. On Sunday, the USD women had a fourth-, third- and sixth-place showings in multiple finals.

In the Women’s Collegiate Varsity 4+ Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup Final Two race, USD was fourth in a time of 7:41.599. San Diego State won the race, followed by Washington State and Loyola Marymount. Drexel won the Women’s Varsity UC San Diego Health Cup Final One, beating Loyola Marymount by 3.9 seconds and USD, third, by 7.2 seconds. USD’s time was 6:55.861. USD’s final women’s race saw the Toreros finish sixth in the Women’s Collegiate 4+ B Entries Final One in a time of 8:59.731.

Men’s Rowing Next Race: USD at WIRA Championships, April 27-28, Sacramento, Calif.

Women’s Rowing Next Race: USD at Clemson Invite, April 19-20, Clemson, South Carolina.

Softball

The schedule calendar turned to West Coast Conference play and the USD softball team responded with a three-game series sweep of visiting University of the Pacific on April 6-7, including two wins where the game was called after five innings.

Saturday’s doubleheader saw the offense come ready to play as USD scored all five of its runs in a 5-2 game one victory in the first inning. Lindsay Clare had a two-run double, Madison Casiano doubled in Clare and Kelli Kufta hit a two-run homer with Casiano scoring on the play. Pacific scored its two runs in the sixth inning, but that was the extent of the trouble that Delaney Heller had in throwing a complete game four-hitter with five strikeouts.

In Saturday’s second game, USD scored twice in the first inning, three more in the third and then a seven-run fifth for a 12-3 win. The big hit was a grand slam by Sara Silveyra in the seventh. Clare and Casiano each had three RBI in the game, too. Madison Earnshaw and reliever Halle Kyler pitched for USD. Kyler tossed 3.1 innings of two-hit shutout ball for the win.

On Sunday, USD scored three runs in the first, four more in the third and two in the fifth for a 9-1 victory. Casiano hit a grand slam for the biggest hit, but Clare had a two-run double, Sophia Bjerk had a run-scoring double and Silveyra drove in two with a single in the fifth. Earnshaw started again, but Heller finished the pitching duties to get the win with 3.1 innings of two-hit shutout ball.

The sweep took USD’s overall record to 18-18 and a 3-0 WCC mark.

Next Games: USD hosts San Diego State, Wednesday, 6 p.m., USD Softball Complex; USD at Loyola Marymount, Saturday (DH) 12 and 2:30 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m., Los Angeles.

Baseball

The USD baseball team won three of four games this past week, edging UC Riverside on April 2, 7-6 and then taking two of three games against BYU in West Coast Conference action April 4-6.

In the win over UC Riverside, the Toreros got a walk-off victory when Ripken Reyes, up with the bases loaded, was hit by a pitch in the back by Jeremiah Priddy. Cody Jefferis, who had singled and reached third, scored on the play.

Against BYU, USD opened the series April 4 with a 15-5 victory, led by the bat of Chris McCready and Paul Kunst. McCready hit a grand slam in the first inning and Kunst hit a solo homer in the second inning. McCready finished with three hits and seven RBI in the game. Kunst also had three hits and scored three times. USD had 15 hits in the game.

On Friday, USD took the series with a 6-5 victory in 10 innings. With the bases loaded and one out, Chris Colarossi’s high chopper went to third base and the infielder threw home, but the catcher dropped the ball, enabling Connor Doyle to score. Kunst had three hits and two RBI, Adam Kerner had two hits, two runs scored and Caleb Ricketts had two hits, a run and an RBI. Starting pitcher Jake Miller went six innings and had eight strikeouts.

In Sunday’s finale, BYU roughed up USD, 17-4, in a game that featured 29 hits between the teams. BYU led 6-1 after three innings then 15-3 after six innings. USD’s Reyes had three hits and Shane McGuire had two hits and Colarossi hit a solo home run.

USD’s record is now 21-11 overall and 6-6 in conference play.

Next Games: USD hosts Long Beach State, Tuesday, 6 p.m., Fowler Park; USD at Loyola Marymount, Friday-Saturday-Sunday, 6 p.m., 6 p.m., 1 p.m., Los Angeles. 

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USD women's tennis player Sophia Chow celebrates after winning a point. Chow helped her team clinch its 12th match victory in a row on April 7 against host Santa Clara.USD women's tennis player Sophia Chow celebrates after winning a point. Chow helped her team clinch its 12th match victory in a row on April 7 against host Santa Clara.

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