UCSB, Bachus row to silver at national championships
Morgan Bachus, a 2010 Bear River graduate and rower for the UC Santa Barbara women’s varsity row team, won second place Sunday at the National American Collegiate Rowing Association Championships in Gainesville, Ga.
The Lady Gauchos eight-crewmember boat finished the 2,000-meter race with a time of 6 minutes, 33.4 seconds and overcame an early deficit to edge out Purdue by just two seconds (about one boat length) and New Hampshire for the silver medal in the National Championship Grand Final. Grand Valley (Michigan) won its sixth consecutive national title as it rowed to a 10.5-second victory.
“All my best friends are on the team, and it’s so cool to cross that finish line with them crying tears of joy,” said Bachus, a sophomore competing on the varsity squad for the first time. “We’re so excited and proud to get second. The last four years the varsity team has gotten fourth. It’s breaking the curse.”
This caps off a great year for the entire UCSB crew team and for Bachus who was named MVP for her team, received a National Scholar Athlete award and was nominated for the All-American Crew Team.
“I can’t believe it,” added Bachus. “We weren’t really expecting it. We wake up at 4 a.m. six days a week and practice twice a day. To represent your school it’s the coolest opportunity. It’s so worth it. Our coach Mike Home said, ‘It was the most satisfying race he’s been a part of.’”
Bachus is optimistic UCSB will compete for a national title again next season as they welcome members from its Novice team who also took second at the national championships Sunday.
Courtney Ceo (Bear River ’10); University of Oregon — The No. 3 ranked Lady Ducks battled hard in the Super Regionals as they hosted No. 14 Nebraska, but were knocked out of contention for the Women’s College World Series as they fell 2-1 in the best-of-three series Sunday.
Oregon lost Saturday in Game 1 of its series 5-2 as Ceo started at shortstop batting second in the lineup. She finished 1-for-2 with an infield single and a walk. The game was a pitcher’s duel the first four innings as niether team could push a run across, but in the top of the fifth the Lady Cornhuskers blew it wide open as Brooke Thomason launched a grand slam over the field wall. The Lady Ducks managed to score two runs in the bottom of the seventh as the game ended with a pair of runners left on base with Ceo on deck. On Sunday in a must-win Game 2 match up Ceo went 2-for-6 at the dish and scored the game-tying run in the top of the seventh as Oregon won in 11 innings, 4-3. Things looked dim for the Lady Ducks as they found themselves behind 3-1 through five innings, but a Janelle Lindvall homer in the sixth and an errant throw on a bunt-single by Ceo in the seventh enabled her to use her speed and advance all the way to third base. Ceo later scored on a ground ball to knot the game 3-3. Janie Takeda singled and stole second for the Lady Ducks in the top of the 11th and scored the go-ahead run off a hit by Samantha Pappas. Oregon out hit Nebraska 14-6 for the game, but also left 11 more runners on base. In the decisive winner-take-all Game 3 it was Nebraska which came out on top 4-2 and advanced to the WCWS. Ceo led the way as she went 3-for-4 at the plate, scored a run and stole a base. Both teams scored a pair of runs in the first inning, but the Lady Cornhuskers answered with clutch hits and added another in the top of the third and again in the sixth for the victory. The two losses were Oregon’s first in Eugene dating back to May of 2012.
Oregon (50-11) won the Pac-12 Championship while Ceo finished her junior year batting .411 with 74 hits, four home runs and 23 stolen bases on 26 attempts.
Stephanie Ceo (Bear River, ’12); University of Texas— The No. 4 Lady Longhorns defeated Florida State 2-0 in a best-of-three series this past weekend in the Super Regionals and will advance to the Women’s College World Series.
Ceo started at second base batting ninth Saturday and went 1-for-3 at the plate with a bunt single in the bottom of the fifth inning. Florida State jumped on top 2-0 in the top of the third after two batters drew walks and then scored on an RBI-double. Texas clawed its way back as it scored a run in the fourth, fifth and sixth to take a 3-2 lead. That proved to be enough cushion for pitcher Blaire Luna as she went the distance and recorded 10 strikeout for the game. In Game 2 Sunday the Lady Longhorns finished what they started as Luna tossed a no-hitter in a 4-0 victory. Ceo as 0-for-2 batting, but her teammates came through for nine hits. Texas rallied for all four of its runs in the top half of the fifth, which included two home runs.
Texas (49-8) will begin its quest for a WCWS national title when it takes on No. 5 Arizona State at 4 p.m. Thursday in Oklahoma City, Okla. The WCWS features double-elimination bracket play with a best-of-three championship series and can be seen on the ESPN family of newtorks.
Josh Roenicke (Nevada Union ’01) Minnesota Twins– Roenicke and the Twins went 1-6 this past week as he pitched in two games and worked 1 2/3 innings.
In Wednesday’s 8-3 loss at Atlanta, the Twins trailed the entire way as Roenicke entered the game in the middle of the fourth inning to relieve starting pitcher Vance Worley. He threw 1 1/3 innings and allowed no runs, no hits and just one walk. In a 3-2 win Saturday against the Tigers he entered the game in the middle of the seventh inning and went 1/3 inning as he induced a fly-ball out. Minnesota scored all three of its runs in the top of the first and hung on for the victory.
The Twins (19-28) dropped to last in the American League Central division and will visit the Milwaukee Brewers for a two-game series beginning today.
Erik Flores (Nevada Union, ’05) Web.com Tour– Flores played in his third event of the year and fell short of making the cut at the Mexico Championship at El Bosque Golf Club in Leon, Mexico.
Opening round action of the tournament came with mixed results for Flores as he shot an eagle, four birdies, five bogies and a quadruple bogey on the 18th hole to close the round at 75 (+3). He came back strong on Friday to shoot a round of 71 (-1) with three birdies and two bogies, but missed the cut by two strokes.
Flores has made two of three cuts on the season.
Spencer Biersdorff (Nevada Union, ’08); University of Colorado, Colorado Springs — The University of Colorado Colorado Springs men’s golf team finished in a tie for 10th place out of 20 teams Wednesday at the 2013 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf National Championship in Hershey, Penn.
Beirsdorff finished tied for 76th in a field of 106 golfers as he posted rounds of 76 (+5) , 78 (+7) and 79 (+8). The Mountain Lions finished with a combined score of 903 (+51) while Florida Southern won the NCAA Division II National Championship with a team score of 867 (+15).
Biersdorff concluded his collegiate career after a senior season with a scoring average of 73.95 (+2) and helped UCCS to win its 11th Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Association championship and qualify for the national tournament for the fifth time in program history. The top-10 finish at the national tourney is also the second for the Mountain Lions.
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