Scott Silva and Christian Funk hit three-run home runs and Fresno City College also turned a triple play as the Rams extended their winning streak to nine by beating visiting Taft 9-6 in a Central Valley Conference game Thursday at John Euless Ballpark.
The Rams (21-3, 16-1), ranked No. 2 in NorCal, No. 5 in the Pacific West region that also includes Oregon and Washington and No. 14 in the nation according to perfectgame.org, made it two straight in the three-game series ahead of Saturday’s 1 p.m. finale in Taft.
Fresno City led 9-3 before Taft picked up three in the seventh. The triple play came in the fifth, when a single, error and walk put runners at first and second. Silva took a groundball at second and threw to shortstop Zak Taylor for one out. Taylor fired to first to get the batter, and first baseman R.J. Hartmann threw to catcher Tucker Salles for the third out.
Drayton Riekenberg (3-1) walked seven and gave up seven hits but allowed just three runs in six innings for the victory.
The Cougars (14-9, 7-7) were led by Keith Tatum, who homered and drove in three while going 3 for 3.
• Corey Davis Jr. went 4 for 5 with two runs and two RBIs as Sequoias downed Porterville 6-4. Thomas Dunehew (3-0) got the win, scattering five hits and three walks while allowing two runs in six innings. The Giants, who lost 2-1 in Tuesday’s series opener, trailed 2-0 after two innings but finally pulled ahead with a four-run fith and improved to 13-11 and 8-6. The Pirates (5-20, 2-12) scored twice in the top of the ninth and had the tying runs aboard before Gene Cachu induced a flyout off the bat of No. 3 hitter Ivan Galindo.
• Alan Crowley’s only hit of the game, a one-out single in the bottom of the 11th, delivered a 3-2 walk-off victory for Reedley over visiting West Hills in a night game. McKay McNair struck out 10 in 9⅔ innings for the Tigers (9-14, 6-8). Colton Worthington’s sixth-inning single, driving in Crowley after he reached via an error and eventually worked his way to third with the help of another hit and a wild pitch, tied it for Reedley 2-2. The Falcons fell to 6-18 and 3-11.
Sunbirds get four in eighth, edge Cal Baptist
Fresno Pacific strung together four runs in the top of the eighth and tacked on another in the ninth to win 7-5 at Cal Baptist in the opener of a PacWest Conference series between teams ranked among the best in the West in NCAA Division II.
The regionally fourth-ranked Sunbirds (19-8, 7-6) trailed 3-2 before back-to-back singles and steals by Michael Tittle and Preston Scott help set up the four-run eighth.
Nick Pate tied it with a single before Fresno Pacific got some help from Lancers reliever Patrick Gonzales, who loaded the bases on a walk to John Koretoff and then hit Travis Beck with a pitch to force in the go-ahead run. Michael Hostetler added a two-run single.
Wilson Ashford (5-1) pitched seven innings, allowing eight hits and three runs scored (two earned) and finished with five strikeouts.
Tenth-ranked Cal Baptist (14-13, 6-3) hosts game 2 of the series at 6 p.m. today.
Fresno Pacific’s Trevon Clayton, Jenay Herring and Keairra White were named National Christian College Athletic Association All-Americans — Clayton to the first team, Herring to the second and White as an honorable-mention selection. Clayton (11.9 points per game, 10.8 rebounds) was the only player in the Pacific West Conference to average a double-double and was named NCCAA West Region Player of the Year. The two women’s basketball seniors combined for 2,548 points, 659 rebounds, 552 assists and 333 steals in their careers.
Fresno State beat Saint Mary’s 18-6, giving the Bulldogs their first win in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation this season. The Bulldogs (3-8, 1-4) trailed early, but Anjelica Fuccillo equalized and Marcy Levatino put away three goals in a row to help Fresno State go into halftime with an 8-5 lead. In the second half, Fuccillo scored twice and Levatino once as the Bulldogs won for the second time on the road and snapped a five-game losing streak. Abigail Bergevin led Fresno State with three assists. The Gaels (0-8, 0-5) remained winless.