Sunbirds baseball ranked No. 7 in D-II West
Fresno Pacific, coming off a national championship last season, is ranked No. 7 in the NCAA Division II West Region preseason baseball poll released Friday by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).
The Sunbirds last month were ranked No. 36 in the overall NCAA D-II preseason poll by Collegiate Baseball News. The Sunbirds finished 39-19 last season and won 23 of their final 27 games in capturing the NCCAA national title.
Fresno Pacific returns seven position player starters and three pitchers from last year’s starting rotation. Senior left-hander Wilson Ashford was named to the preseason All-West Region team. He went 8-2 with a 2.37 ERA last season and needs one win to break the program’s all-time career wins mark.
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Fresno Pacific opens the season Feb. 2 at Sonoma State.
Fresno Pacific women’s soccer coach steps down
Fresno Pacific women’s soccer coach Erik Farfan resigned Friday after nine seasons with the Sunbirds.
Farfan amassed a 61-71-19 overall record and 36-49-12 in conference play as head coach and he also was a Sunbirds assistant for five seasons. Farfan also coached the Buchanan High girls for eight years, winning five consecutive Central Section Division I titles from 2006-10 before stepping down in 2011 to concentrate on the Sunbirds job. Before becoming a coach, he was a star player at Hoover High and Fresno State.
Fresno Pacific announced it will begin a national search.