Fresno City College put the pressure on and Oxnard cracked in a matchup Wednesday afternoon of regional top-five teams.
The Rams went ahead with two in the ninth when an attempted pickoff throw sailed down the right-field line, then escaped their own bases-loaded jam in the bottom half of the inning in a 4-3 win over the Condors.
Fresno City (25-4) is No. 2 in the state coaches association’s NorCal rankings while Oxnard (22-6) is No. 4 in SoCal. The Rams climbed to No. 9 and the Condors to 18 in the perfectgame.org national rankings this week.
Down 3-2, the Rams saw Nate Navarette lead off the ninth with a bunt single and move to second on Harley Glines‘ sacrifice. Logan Poisall walked and after Daniel Gardner flew out to shallow center, Zak Taylor walked to load the bases. With RJ Hartmann at the plate, Oxnard’s Joshua Kubiske threw wildly while trying to pick off Taylor and two runs came home.
Drayton Riekenberg (4-1), pitching his third inning in relief, immediately got in trouble in the bottom of the ninth as a Hartmann error, sacrifice and two walks put Condors at every base. Riekenberg went to a 3-0 count on Nick Morelli and gave way to Shane Desmond. After strike one, Morelli crushed a line drive at third baseman Christian Funk, who caught the ball and dove to the bag for a game-ending double play.
The Rams visit SoCal No. 5 Santa Barbara City on Thursday.
Bulldogs’ lead fades in lacrosse defeat
UC Davis senior Elizabeth Landry scored four goals as the Aggies overcame an early 2-0 deficit to beat Fresno State 11-6 in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation lacrosse match at the Bulldogs Soccer & Lacrosse Field.
Marcy Levatino had an early assist for her 86th career point to move past Kara Concheck for first place on Fresno State’s career list. Logan Eisinger and Nicole Ortleib scored two goals each for the Bulldogs (3-8, 1-5). UC Davis (2-9, 1-2) snapped a seven-game losing skid.