Fresno Pacific opened its women's basketball season as if it might never win a game, losing seven straight. Suddenly, the program seemingly can't lose.
Patrice Saindon's runner with 4.1 seconds left lifted the Sunbirds to their fifth consecutive win, 66-65 over Holy Names. Fresno Pacific's streak is the longest for the team since 2006.
The Sunbirds (8-11, 8-5 PacWest) closed with a 4-0 run in the final 46 seconds on two free throws by Keairra White and Saindon's jumper. Saindon scored 14 points and Breana Buczek 12 to go with seven rebounds.
Fresno Pacific improved to 2-3 in games decided by three points or less. Holy Names (9-9, 5-7) has lost three straight.
The Sunbirds' men won their fourth in a row, beating Holy Names 84-66. Jackson Carbajal was 8 for 11 from the field, including 3 for 3 on 3-pointers while scoring 20 for Fresno Pacific (9-12, 4-9), which shot 52% and had a 46-34 rebounding edge. The Hawks (5-15, 4-8) shot 39%.
Fresno Pacific opened a new baseball season by knocking off NCAA Division II No. 8 Chico State 4-3 to open a doubleheader. Chico State won the second game 4-1.
The Sunbirds took the opener with two runs in the eighth on a tying double by John Koretoff and go-ahead sacrifice fly by Devin Turner. They led 2-0 behind J.D. Salles before the Wildcats scored three in the seventh.
Michael Rodrigues made his Sunbirds debut with 1-2/3 innings of relief and James Lagorio struck out the final batter for the save.
Petra Jurova debuted as the new No. 1 player for the Fresno Pacific women's team with a 6-4, 7-5 victory and the D-II No. 10-ranked Sunbirds opened by beating NAIA No. 12 Westmont 8-1.
Jurova is ranked No. 13 in D-II in singles. She also is part of the 17th-ranked doubles team with Alison Carre. They won 8-6.
The No. 13 men lost to NAIA No. 4 Westmont 5-4. Leonardo Urquidi and Stefan Loop won at No. 5 and 6 to force the tie before the Warriors' NAIA No. 10 Tim Goranson beat freshman Thomas Gely 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.