Bulldogs golfers fall to 13th at Hawaii tourney
Fresno State slipped one spot to 13th at the 17-team John A. Burns Intercollegiate on a windy Thursday at Wailua GC in Lihue, Kauai.
The Bulldogs began the day tied for 12th after a first-round 302, followed up with a 303 and were 29 over for a tournament in which four-time defending champ Cal (282-291-573) remained the leader. Still, Fresno State was just six strokes behind seventh-place Arizona and eight from sixth-place UTEP.
Freshman Harold Calubid remained the Bulldogs’ individual leader at 3-over 72-75-147. Senior Neil Bautista had the best second-round score for the Bulldogs with a 74.
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JC baseball: Rams roll
Sophomore right-hander Jorge Alvarado and Fresno City College made it two straight to start the Central Valley Conference baseball season and four in a row overall by beating host Reedley 6-0.
The Rams (7-2 overall) will look for the sweep at 1 p.m. Saturday back home at John Euless Park. Reedley (3-8) has lost four straight.
• Porterville (3-9, 0-2) made five errors while allowing six unearned runs in a 9-0 home loss to Merced. Two of the errors came on the first two batters in the fifth, when the Blue Devils (7-4, 2-0) blew it open with a five-run rally. The Pirates (3-9, 0-2) have been outscored 24-3 in the first two games of the series.
• West Hills also is off to an 0-2 start in the CVC, losing 14-5 at Taft. Derek DeNovellis got the first of his two RBIs with a first-inning groundout for the Falcons (3-8), but they gave up five in the bottom half and did not score again themselves until a four-run eighth. Chris Hopballe was 2 for 3 with three RBIs, two on a second-inning home run for the Cougars (9-2, 2-0).
• Back-to-back bases-loaded walks capped Cosumnes River’s four-run third, erasing a 2-0 deficit, and the Hawks (5-3) held on for a 4-3 nonconference win over Sequoias. The Giants (4-5) had one hit over the final five innings. COS was No. 4 and Cosumnes River seventh in the NorCal preseason rankings.
Sunbirds swim to 3 wins at PCSC meet
Fresno Pacific captured three events on the second day of the Pacific Collegiate Swimming and Dive Conference meet in La Mirada.
Connor Greene won the 200 individual medley in comeback fashion, finishing in 1:50.55 — second in school history. Fellow senior Marko Tanasovski won the 50 free in 20.46, fourth all-time for the program. The 200 free relay won in 1:21.27, anchored by senior Tim Ferris.
Fresno Pacific’s women’s team was second in the 200 free relay in 1:34.86. Kendall Swanson was second in the 200 IM but in a school-record 2:04.18.
Both of the Sunbirds teams are third in the overall standings through 16 events, with the men totaling 443 points and the women 355.5. UC San Diego (606 and 553) leads in both.
’Dogs stay afloat with big day at MW meet
Fresno State swimming and diving had one of its best days in three years of competing at the Mountain West Championships, scoring 52.5 points in events at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center in San Antonio.
Leah Hatayama helped Fresno State’s 200-meter freestyle relay finish fifth with a personal-best time on the first leg and the team’s combined time of 1 minute, 32.53 seconds was 0.93 off the school record.
Hatayama, a junior, was ninth in the 50 free in 23.07 seconds, which also was a personal best.
Fresno State finished day 2 of four eighth among 10 teams with 90.5 points. Boise State led with 275.
Bulldogs sophomore Esme Gullick swam a personal-best 2:02.85 in the 200 individual medley to place 13th. Shelbie Holden was 10th in 3-meter diving.
UCSB’s Lemley 5th in 50, relay gets second
Clovis High alumn Chase Lemley was fifth in the 50-yard freestyle and helped UC Santa Barbara finish second in the 200 free relay on day 2 of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Swimming and Diving Championships in Los Angeles.
Lemley finished the 50 in 20.39, a race won by teammate and fellow senior Wade Allen in a meet record 19.72. Allen led off and Lemley swam anchor on the relay, timed in 1:20.69. Hawaii won in 1:20.63.
The Gauchos men were leading Hawaii 269.5-252 in the team standings.
Delta softball team takes 2 from Rams
NorCal No. 9 San Joaquin Delta shut out visiting Fresno City College twice in a nonconference softball doubleheader.
Delta’s Allie Mendez (2-0) and Miranda Quesada (3-0) limited the Rams to 12 hits in the 7-0 and 5-0 victories. Sarah Santana was 3 for 3 for Fresno City (0-9) in game 1 and had four hits on the day.
The Mustangs are 5-2.