Clovis alum Prandini sets world indoor standard in 200 meters
Ex-Clovis High star Jenna Prandini blazed to a world indoor season-best 200-meter debut Friday night while representing the University of Oregon at the Don Kirby Elite Indoor Invitational in Albuquerque.
The Ducks junior finished in 22.87 seconds, breaking a school indoor mark and topping the 22.98 posted one week earlier by Texas Tech’s Cierra White — on the same track at the Albuquerque Convention Center — for the national and world lead this season. USC’s Tynia Gaither was second Friday in 23.19 and she and Prandini also came in under the center’s previous track record.
Prandini, champion in the long jump and second in the 200 at the 2014 NCAA Outdoors, races Saturday in the 60 meters, where she shares the sixth-best indoor time at 7.24.
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Fresno Pacific walks its way to dramatic win
Fresno Pacific scored to tie it in the ninth after being down to its last strike, then pushed across the walk-off winner on Preston Scott’s four-pitch bases-loaded walk to beat NCAA Division II sixth-ranked Chico State 2-1.
Sunbirds left-hander Wilson Ashford, seeking sole possession of the school’s career victories record, pitched eight innings of three-hit ball but exited down 1-0 thanks to an unearned run. Chico State’s Luke Barker, an All-America closer converted to staff ace this season, went seven scoreless innings for the defending NCAA D-II West Regional champ Wildcats (0-1).
Nick Pate’s two-out single sent the game to extra innings for Fresno Pacific (5-1). In the 10th, Nico Payan’s single and two walks sandwiched around a sacrifice set up Scott for his second walk-off RBI of the season.
Fresno City scores in eighth for baseball victory
Scott Silva hit a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth as Fresno City beat Chabot 5-1 in a nonconference game at John Euless Ballpark.
Connor Brogdon (2-0) struck out eight in five innings. Drayton Riekenberg fanned four in 22/3 innings for his first save.
The Rams are 4-2 and the Gladiators 3-4.
Fresno State women’s tennis team tops UOP
Maiar Sherif Ahmed and Rana Sherif Ahmed won in straight sets in singles and the sisters also teamed for a doubles victory as Fresno State beat host Pacific in a nonconference women’s tennis match.
The Bulldogs’ other sister tandem, Anneka Watts and Sophie Watts, also teamed for a win to clinch the doubles point. Maiar Sherif Ahmed, a freshman from Cairo playing No. 1 singles on the Fresno State ladder, beat the Tigers’ Hana Ritterova 6-3, 6-1 as the Bulldogs improved to 5-2 and moved to 20-9 in the all-time series. UOP is 3-2.
Monsters skate past Ontario
Austin Browning, scored on a power play at 7:50 into the second period to break a 1-1 tie and Fresno Monsters went on to a 6-1 victory over Ontario in a Western States Hockey League game at Gateway Ice Center.
Fresno, 32-6-0-1 atop the Western Division and already locked into a playoff berth, killed off 6 of 7 power-play opportunities for the Avalanche. Austin Piquette had 26 saves for the Monsters, who were coming off a 7-2 win Thursday in their first action since Jan. 25 and wrap up the series with Ontario at 5:30 p.m. today.
Three-game sets on the road at San Diego (Feb. 20-22) and home against Las Vegas (Feb. 26-28) close out the regular season.