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April 21, 2013
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Alumni Notebook: Porter homers twice in loss, Cal State East Bay wins three out of four

Chris Porter, a 2011 Nevada Union graduate, slammed two home runs for the Cal State East Bay Pioneers this past week as they won three out of four games against Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Porter started in one game last week at catcher, batting eighth in the lineup, and went 2-for-3 at the plate with two home runs, finishing with four RBIs and two runs scored. The Pioneers trailed 2-0 when Porter connected for a three-run bomb to left field in the bottom of the fourth inning to give his team a one-run lead. With the game tied 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Porter slugged another homer, a solo shot, to put his team back on top. Cal State Dominguez Hills went on to score two unearned runs for a 5-4 victory. Cal State East Bay won the other three games of the series, outscoring its opponent 21-13.

The Pioneers (27-15) open a four-game series at San Francisco State beginning Friday.

Josh Roenicke (Nevada Union ’01) Minnesota Twins– Roenicke and the Twins are on a four-game winning streak after winning a pair of games versus the Angels and the White Sox.

In Sunday’s 5-3 win over the Chicago White Sox the Twins rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 5-2 lead. Roenicke entered the game in the bottom half of the seventh for Minnesota and pitched one inning, allowing one home run and striking out a batter.

The Twins (8-7) host the Miami Marlins for two games beginning today.

Dusty Zeisler (Nevada Union ’12) Holy Names University– Zeisler’s Hawks struggled last week as they were swept in four games by Pt. Loma Nazerene.

Zeisler started at short stop batting eighth and went 4-for-14 at the plate with three RBIs and three walks for the series playing in all four games. In Friday’s 9-2 loss Zeisler was 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI-single. Holy Names best chance for a win came on Saturday when they hit a two-run homer to tie the game 6-6 in the bottom of the ninth, but the Hawks lost 8-6 in 14 innings as Zeisler finished 1-for-5 at the plate with a walk. In the final game he went 1-for-3 at the plate with an RBI-single.

Holy Names (12-30) begins a four-game series at Academy of Art beginning Friday.

Zach Welz (Bear River ’11); Solano Community College– Welz and the Solano Falcons went 3-0 last week defeating Napa and winning twice against Contra Costa, once at home and once on the road.

In Tuesday’s 5-0 shutout win over Napa, Welz started in right field batting clean up and finished 1-for-4 with an RBI-double. In Thursday’s 9-0 rout of Contra Costa, Welz was 0-for-4 at the dish and scored a run. The Falcons had their toughest game on Saturday as they hung on for a 5-4 victory at Contra Costa. Welz was 1-for-3 batting with an RBI-double and a walk as his team scored a pair of runs in the top of the third inning to take a 3-2 lead. Solano added another run in the fifth and seventh before allowing a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Solano (20-12) finishes its regular season with a pair of games against Laney beginning Tuesday.

Ethan McGill (Nevada Union ’11) Yuba City College– The Niners went 1-2 last week losing at Mendocino and splitting a pair of games versus Marin.

In Tuesday’s 11-10 heartbreaking loss at Mendocino, McGill started at first base batting third and finished 2-for-5 at the plate with a double and a triple for four RBIs and scored a run. Menocino jumped out in front early rallying for seven runs in the bottom half of the first inning. Yuba chipped away at the 7-0 deficit scoring four runs in the top of the second and four more in the top of the seventh to pull within one run trailing 9-8. Mendocino answered with two run runs in the bottom of the seventh to push its lead back to three runs as McGill’s eighth inning RBI-double wasn’t enough for the win. In Thursday’s 2-1 loss at Marin the Niners were held to just five hits and McGill went 2-for-4 at the plate. Yuba finally came through on Saturday with a big 12-3 home win over Marin where McGill was not in the lineup.

The Niners (17-17) wrap up their season with a pair of game versus Los Medanos beginning Tuesday.

SOFTBALL

Alyssa Reina (Bear River ’12); North Dakota State University — The Lady Bison swept a three-game series against Wort Wayne last week outscoring their opponent 15-6.

Reina started at first base batting sixth and finished the series 2-for-10 at the plate, including a 2-for-4 performance in the second game with a two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning and an RBI-single in the seventh to help her team to a 4-1 victory. In the final game of the series Reina went 0-for-3 batting with a walk and scored a run. The Lady Bison rallied to score six runs in the top of the seventh inning and held on for an 8-4 win.

North Dakota State (22-13, 9-0) begins a three-game series versus South Dakota State on Tuesday.

Karly Harris (Nevada Union ’10); Dominican University of California– The Lady Penguins split two games last week versus BYU-Hawaii.

Harris pitched a complete-game in an 8-7 loss on Saturday as she only allowed eight hits and three earned runs while walking two and fanning six batters. Her team never held the lead and committed four costly errors, which proved to be a deciding factor. The Lady Penguins were error-free in the second game of the double-header as they won 6-1 with Harris resting.

Dominican (9-41) opens a four-game series at Cal Baptist University beginning Friday.

Maddie Phelps, (Bear River ’12); Sierra College— Maddie Phelps earned two wins and a save this past week improving her season totals to 16-4 with an 2.24 ERA and conference record to 11-3 with an 1.86 ERA.

Phelps pitched a complete game 11-3 win on Tuesday against American River College. She pitched six innings yielding six hits and one earned run while only walking one and striking out three batters.

In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against Modesto College, Phelps pitched six shutout innings and yielded five hits while striking out five and walking none in an 8-0 win. Phelps made a relief appearance in the second game against Modesto College and earned a three inning save as she gave up only two hits, no walks, four strikeouts and no runs in a 7-1 victory. She entered the game in the fifth inning and greeted Modesto with three consecutive strikeouts.

Sierra College (27-9-1 overall, 17-3 Big 8 Conference) travels to Sacramento City College for a game on Tuesday which will determine the Big 8 Conference title as both teams are tied for first place with 17-3 records.

Kendal Butterfield (Nevada Union ’10); Colorado State — The Lady Rams went 2-1 in a three-game series hosting Fresno State last week.

Colorado State its first game in walk off fashion as it rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh for a 3-2 victory. Butterfield started in left field batting second and went 0-2 at the plate with a walk. In Saturday’s second game Butterfield was 1-for-3 batting with a run scored as her Lady Rams won 7-4. The Lady Bulldogs had their way in the final game on Sunday only allowing two hits in a 5-0 victory. Butterfield was 0-for-2 at the plate.

The Lady Rams (20-20, 6-3) begin a three-game series at Boise State on Friday.

Courtney Ceo (Bear River ’10); University of Oregon — The No. 5 ranked Lady Ducks took care of business last week winning a pair of non-conference games against Portland State.

In Tuesday’s double-header Ceo started at shortstop batting second and went 3-for-3 with two runs scored ad Oregon cruised to a 5-0 victory while only surrendering two hits. In an 8-0 win in the second game, Ceo was 1-for-2 batting with two runs scored as the Lady Ducks’ pitching struck out nine batters.

Oregon (38-6, 13-2) travels to take on No. 18 UCLA for a three-game series beginning Friday.

Stephanie Ceo (Bear River ’12); University of Texas— The No. 6 Lady Longhorns went 1-2 last week versus No. 1 Oklahoma.

In Friday’s 6-1 loss, Ceo was 0-for-3 at the plate as her team struck out 15 times. Texas bounced back on Saturday with a 4-2 in where Ceo went 0-for-2 batting. Her team rallied for three runs in the bottom of the fourth and only surrendered four hits for the game. In the series’ finale on Sunday, Ceo went 0-for-3 at the plate as the Lady Longhorns collected five hits in a 5-3 loss.

Texas (39-6, 9-2) travels to take on Texas Tech for a three-game series beginning Friday.

Brianna Nicholson (Nevada Union ’10); Cal State Stanislaus— The Lady Warriors won three out of four games in their series versus Cal State East Bay last week.

Cal State Stanislaus lost its first game 3-0 on Friday, but won the final three games as Nicholson started at first base batting seventh to finish 0-for-12 at the plate in the series with an RBI and a walk. The Lady Warriors won the second game 6-5 in 11 innings with an RBI-double to tie it and a scored the winning run on a wild pitch. In Saturday’s 4-3 victory Cal State Stanislaus scored all four of its runs in the bottom of the seventh to walk off with the win. In the series’ final game the lady Warriors pounded seven hits for a 5-1 win.

Cal State Stanislaus (16-32, 9-23) concludes its regular season with a four-game series at Cal State Dominguez Hills starting Friday.

Katie Mathis (Bear River ’10); San Diego State — The Lady Aztecs went 2-2 last week defeating UC San Diego and taking one out of three at Boise State.

In Tuesday’s 4-1 victory over UC San Diego, Mathis made an appearance as a pinch runner in the seventh inning and didn’t score. In Saturday 5-3 loss at Boise State, Mathis entered the game as a pinch hitter and went 0-for-1 at the plate. The Lady Broncos won on a walk off three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning. San Diego State won its second game on Saturday 3-2 with the go-ahead run coming on a homer in the top of the eighth inning. Mathis pinch hit and went 0-for-1 batting. In the series’ final game Mathis went 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter and Boise State won 5-3 on a two-run walk off homer in the bottom of the seventh inning.

San Diego State (28-16, 6-3) hosts Fresno State for a three-game series beginning Friday.

GOLF

Spencer Biersdorff (Nevada Union ’08); University of Colorado, Colorado Springs — The UCCS men’s golf team improved by 13 strokes from the first round to the third round and won its first tournament of the season by nine shots with a score of 872 at Colorado State-Pueblo Wolf Pack Invitational Tuesday at the Walking Stick Golf Course.

Biersdorff tied for fifth in the individual results with a 219 (+3) in his first top-five finish of the season. He shot rounds of 76 (+4), 72 (par) and 71 (-1), which included a pair of eagles during the tournament as he averaged 4.42 strokes on par five holes.

The Mountain Lions resume today for the RMAC Championships at Estrella Golf Club in Goodyear, Ariz.

Jace Tiller (Nevada Union ’12) Folsom Lake Community College– Tiller played in a pair of Big 8 tournaments as his Falcons finished runner up on Tuesday at Castle Oaks Golf Club and won first place Thursday at Spring Creek Country Club.

The Falcons most recent victory put them back in first atop the Big 8 Conference standings two points ahead of Santa Rosa. Tiller posted a team-best score of 74 on Tuesday as Folsom came in at second place losing by 10 strokes to Santa Rosa, 370-380. In Thursday’s action Tiller posted a round of 75 as the Falcon’s beat out Modesto and Santa Rosa by three strokes, 376-379.

Folsom’s next conference tournament comes Tuesday at Rancho Murrieta Country Club.

FOOTBALL

Brandyn McCary (Nevada Union ’02); Delta Ducks– McCary, a linebacker for the Delta Ducks minor league football team, played solid defense helping his team to a 47-14 victory over the Golden State Giants on Saturday.

McCary has two tackles on the season while his team’s defense has racked up 11 sacks, six forced fumbles, seven interceptions and allows 11.4 points per game.

The Delta Ducks (5-0) sit in first place in the Pacific Coast Football League and play at the Solano Chiefs (0-5) on Saturday.

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