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ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Bear River grad Matt Lopez extends hitting streak, Sierra extends winning streak

Matt Lopez
Photo courtesy of Sierra College Athletics Department

Matt Lopez continues to crush the ball for the Sierra College baseball team.

Lopez, a 2016 Bear River graduate, extended his hit streak to 16 games and helped the Wolverines win all four of their contests last week, including a blowout of Shasta College and a three-game sweep against Folsom Lake College.

Lopez, a sophomore first baseman, hit safely in all four games, going 8-for-20 overall with two doubles, three RBIs and six runs scored.

For the season, Lopez is batting .408, has five home runs, 43 RBIs and 47 runs scored.

Sierra (29-7, 16-5) competes in the California Community College Athletic Association’s Big 8 Conference. The Wolverines have won five straight and are one-game back of San Joaquin Delta College (31-6, 17-4) in the Big 8 standings. Sierra closes the regular season with three games against Santa Rosa Junior College.

Andrew Schnitzius, a 2016 Nevada Union graduate, and the No. 15 Lyon College Scots split a two-game series with Blue Mountain College and grabbed one out of three against Harris-Stowe State University.

Schnitzius, a junior catcher, played in two of the six games and notched his first home run of the season during Lyon’s 6-0 win over Blue Mountain. Schnitzius hit a solo shot in the top of the sixth inning and finished the day 2-for-3.

For the season, Schnitzius has played in 25 of the team’s 46 games, has 20 starts, is batting .319, has one home run, seven doubles and 27 RBIs.

Lyon (35-16, 18-9) is a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school which competes in the American Midwest Conference.

Garrett O’Callaghan, a 2014 Nevada Union graduate, pitched well in his only outing for Holy Names University last week.

O’Callaghan, a senior left-handed hurler, pitched 6.2 innings, allowed six hits and one run while striking out six, but did not figure into the decision of a 5-4 loss to the University of Hawai’i Hilo.

For the season, O’Callaghan is 3-3 in 10 starts with 61 strikeouts and a 2.73 ERA.

Holy Names (14-24, 8-14) is a Division II school that competes in the Pacific West Conference.

Dalton Maxwell, a 2015 Nevada Union graduate, and the Menlo College Oaks fell to Holy Names University, 12-9, in their only game last week.

Maxwell, a senior second baseman, went 1-for-4 in the bout.

For the season, Maxwell is batting .354 with 14 doubles, 25 RBIs and 22 runs scored.

Menlo (11-26, 7-21) is an NAIA school that competes in the Golden State Athletic Conference.


Nerissa Eason, a 2016 Bear River graduate and pitcher for the Oregon State softball team, appeared in one game for the Beavers last week.

Eason, a junior, tossed five innings of relief during a 10-2 loss to No. 2 ranked UCLA. The righty gave up nine hits and four earned runs while striking out five. She did not figure into the decision.

For the season, Eason has appeared in eight games, pitched 27 innings, has a 3-0 record and a 3.37 ERA.

Oregon State (21-18, 3-13) is a Division I school that competes in the Pac-12.


Logan Lowe, a 2015 Nevada Union graduate, led the George Washington University golf team at the Bayou City Collegiate Classic, placing seventh overall at the tourney held at Golfcrest Country Club in Houston.

Lowe, a senior, shot a 2-under-par 214 across the three-day tourney to earn his fifth top-10 finish of the season. He was the only George Washington golfer to finish under par.

As a team, George Washington was seventh at the 14-team tourney.

Lowe, the reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, will now turn his attention to the Conference Championship Tournament which runs Friday through Sunday.

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