Fresno City College right-hander Drayton Riekenberg could not get anybody out in his previous start but Thursday was next to unhittable for a Rams team ready to turn its focus to the postseason.
Riekenberg (5-2), pulled Saturday at Reedley after walking the first three batters and hitting the fourth, gave up three hits in seven innings as NorCal second-ranked Fresno City beat host West Hills 4-0. Riekenberg struck out five and walked two.
The Rams (28-7, 20-3 Central Valley Conference) posted their second straight shutout after back-to-back losses last week marred an otherwise stellar season. Fresno City wraps it up against Merced on Friday, then awaits Sunday’s seedings meeting where it will be named one of eight hosts for the opening round of regional play.
Christian Funk doubled in a run in the first and made it 3-0 with his sixth homer of the year in the eighth. Justin Heskett closed it out against the Falcons (7-28, 4-19) with two innings of one-hit relief.
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• Joseph Salmeri capped a four-hit day with a one-out RBI single in the ninth as Merced beat visiting Sequoias 5-4, locking up second place and a regional berth for the Blue Devils (23-12, 16-7). Treshon Holly’s two-run double gave the Giants (18-17, 13-10) a 3-1 lead in the sixth.
Tennis: Bulldogs KO’d in MW men’s tourney
Boise State’s Garrett Patton beat Fresno State’s Sai Kartik Nakireddi in three sets at No. 1 singles, finishing off the Broncos’ 4-0 win in a quarterfinal of the Mountain West Conference tennis championships in Albuquerque.
Patton won 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 as Boise State advanced to face No. 1 New Mexico on Saturday. The Bulldogs, after breaking into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings at No. 69 this week, finish 16-10. They beat the Broncos in the regular-season conference match 4-3 on April 12 in Fresno.
Seventh-seeded Nevada (8-15) upset No. 2 Utah State (18-9) and will face No. 3 San Diego State, a 4-2 winner over No. 6 UNLV.
• Top-seeded and defending champ Fresno State faces No. 8 Air Force at 11 a.m. as the women’s tournament gets back under way with quarterfinals Friday at McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium.
UOP tops Sunbirds at conference tourney
Pacific’s Michele Relton had 15 saves as the Tigers beat Fresno Pacific 14-5 in a Golden Coast Conference water polo quarterfinal in Stockton.
The seventh-seeded Sunbirds saw second-seeded and No. 15-ranked UOP break free via scoring runs in the second and fourth quarters.
Kelsie Harvey had eight saves and five players each had a goal for Fresno Pacific (7-23), which faces Santa Clara in the consolation bracket. The sixth-seeded Broncos fell to third-seeded Loyola Marymount 13-10. The Tigers (15-9) face No. 17 Loyola Marymount