Clovis News: Sports

Sports briefs: Fresno Pacific men to host hoops tourney game

Fresno Pacific's men's basketball team is seeded No. 4 for the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament and hosts No. 5 seed Westmont on Thursday.

Tipoff is 7:30 p.m. in the Special Events Center. The semifinals are this weekend at Biola.

The Sunbirds are 23-7, second-best in school history to last season's 26-8, and headed to the 32-team national tourney March 17-23 in Kansas City, Mo.

Seniors James Lewis and Todd Brown were named to the All-GSAC team. Lewis, a first-team All-American last season, leads the team in scoring at 17.8 points per game. Brown leads in rebounding (5.6 per game).

Meyers earns motors writers award for '09

Clovis race-car driver Jason Meyers, on a roll this season heading into this weekend's World of Outlaws races in Tulare, still is collecting trophies from his stellar 2009 campaign.

Meyers has been named one of the Racers of the Year for last season by the Motor Sports Press Association. He will be honored tonight at the association's 47th annual Preseason Awards Dinner in Oakland.

Meyers led the series with 55 top-10 finishes in 2009, with 34 of those top-five performances.

The West Coast Late Models (Friday) and USAC West Coast 360 Sprints (Saturday) are the support classes for Outlaws races this week at Groppetti Automotive Thunderbowl Raceway.

Meyers rallied from a ninth-row start to win his 36th Outlaws A feature last week in Las Vegas.

Rain shuffles Rams, Sunbirds schedules

Fresno City College's nonconference home baseball game against Cosumnes River was postponed because of rain.

The Rams (7-3 overall, 3-0 Central Valley Conference) are scheduled to play Thursday at Cosumnes River.

Fresno Pacific has pushed back its men's and women's home tennis matches scheduled for today against Azusa Pacific. The matches will now be played at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Haak Tennis Center.

- Fresno Pacific's scheduled Saturday baseball doubleheader against Concordia has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. Friday. The teams are still scheduled to play today in Irvine.

West Hills rallies to win

Daniel Patching's run-scoring single drove in the eventual winner in a two-run eighth as West Hills College handed College of the Sequoias a 9-8 loss and knocked the Giants out of a first-place tie with Fresno City in the CVC.

Patching had two hits and four RBIs for the Falcons (8-3, 2-1), and Joe Jones, the winning pitcher, went 5 for 5.

For Sequoias (6-6-1, 3-1), Tyler DeMasters had a homer and three RBIs, and Brandon Pizzo three hits.

- Lucas Faria went 3 for 3 in Reedley's 10-hit attack in a 5-2 CVC victory at Taft. The Tigers improved to 2-8 and 2-1 and Taft fell to 7-6 and 0-4.

Rams split in softball

Fresno City beat Taft 9-0 after losing the first game of a CVC softball doubleheader 5-4.

Rams pitcher Nicole Reed allowed four hits and struck out seven. Kim Fisher hit a home run and had four RBIs.

In the first game, Taft scored all its runs in the second and made it stand up.

Losing pitcher Mackenzey Bard threw a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts. Taft's Joya Cervera hit a three-run homer.Mexico to face Kiwis in Rose Bowl exhibition