Valley sports briefs: Avenal's Jose Ramirez reaches third round at U.S. boxing championships

The Fresno BeeFebruary 28, 2012 

Olympic hopeful Jose Ramirez of Avenal advanced to the third round of the USA Boxing National Championships by outpointing Albert Bell of Toledo, Ohio, 18-5 on Tuesday in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Ramirez, the two-time defending national champ at 132 pounds and the No. 1 seed in the lightweight bracket, will face Marine Corps Cpl. Tommy Roque of Camp Lejeune, N.C., in today's round of 16. The finals are Saturday night.

Merlo's 4-hitter, big inning propel Fresno City

Bryce Barger's three-run double keyed an eight-run eighth as the Fresno City College baseball team blanked West Hills 8-0.

Left-hander Drew Merlo pitched a four-hitter, striking out eight and walking two for the NorCal 11th-ranked Rams (7-6, 3-1 Central Valley Conference).

Jesse Gonzales' double was the only extra-base hit for the Falcons (6-5, 2-2).

In other JC baseball action:

Reedley wins: Jonathan Rodriguez hit a two-run double in the fourth and Bernabi Espinoza a two-run triple in the fifth as Reedley beat Porterville 10-2. The Tigers moved to 8-3 and 1-0; the Pirates are 4-9 and 1-3.

No. 15 Sequoias falls: Kevin Seeger had two RBIs but couldn't prevent No. 15 College of Sequoias (7-5, 1-3) from losing 9-4 at Merced (9-3, 3-1). The Blue Devils broke it open with an eight-run third.

Reedley gets late run for JC softball split

The Reedley College softball team split two nonconference games, beating Sacramento 5-4 before losing 8-0 to Canyons.

Cristy Cotta's double in the seventh drove in the winning run for the Tigers (6-6) against Sacramento.

Bulldogs' Sunker places 26th at SoCal golf event

Fresno State's Brian Sunker tied for 26th while the Bulldogs placed 10th as a team at the North Ranch Intercollegiate in Westlake Village.

Sunker shot a 6-over 76 to finish with a three-round total of 225. San Diego State's Matt Hoffenberg won with a 212.

Fresno State shot a collective 67-over 907, 43 strokes behind first-place San Diego State.

Rams men's tennis team routs Sac City

Fresno City's NorCal No. 1-ranked men's tennis team beat Sacramento 8-1, as seventh-ranked Sam Bertram beat Tung Trinh 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.

Bertram teamed with Brian Harpin for an 8-0 victory at No. 1 doubles.

Rams women roll: The Rams women (5-5, 3-0 Big 8) beat Sacramento City 9-0. Allie O'Neill and Meghan Woods both won 6-0, 6-0.

Ex-local swimming star earns high Pac-12 finish

Arizona State sophomore Tristin Baxter (Clovis West High) took second in the 1,650-yard freestyle at the Pac-12 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday in Federal Way, Wash.

Baxter clocked a 16:05.50, breaking her 1-year-old school record by almost 10 seconds. USC's Haley Anderson was first in a meet-record 15:41.52.

Baxter was ninth in the 500 free (4:43.44), 21st in the 200 free (1:48.38) and part of a fourth-place 800 free relay team (7:04.19).

All-America honors for former prep standout

UC Irvine's Trent Baxter (Clovis West) is an Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches third-team All-American.

Baxter, a senior driver, scored 55 goals for the fifth-ranked Anteaters. He was ninth in the nation in scoring at 1.9 goals per game.

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