TURLOCK -- Timely hitting and strong pitching helped the Cal State Stanislaus baseball sweep a doubleheader Friday at Fresno Pacific, 3-2 and 7-4.
Skippy Ferreria went 3-for-5 and Colt McLaughlin had two doubles while driving in two scores to lead the Stanislaus offense. Ferreria also stole two bases. Two strong starts by the pitching staff and two Danny Molieri saves resulted in two wins on the road against a highly regarded and previously undefeated FPU team.
Three other Warriors Clint Brill, Matt Chaidez and Craig Beevers each also collected two hits as the Warriors had 16 hits in the twinbill to improve to 3-2 overall. Byron Lemon threw eight innings in the first game for the win. He gave up just two runs on four hits with five strikeouts. Molieri shut the doors on the Sunbirds in the ninth with two strikeouts for his first save of the day.
In the nightcap, the Warriors got out on top in the first after a McLaughlin two-run double down the left-field line. A Chaidez double in the second scored another run for a 3-0 Stanislaus lead.
Molieri closed the eighth with a flyout and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts for another save. The teams will play two more in Turlock today with first pitch at 11 a.m.
SONOMA 65, CSUS MEN 62, at Rohnert Park The Warriors led by as many as 12 points early in the second half, but couldn't hold on at the end, dropping their fourth consecutive game.
Taylor Bell and Nick Hodge each had 14 points to lead Stanislaus (7-12, 4-11 Central California Athletic Association). Sonoma State (9-10, 7-8 CCAA) was led by Patrick Scott's 16 points. The Seawolves shot 60.9 percent in the second half to out-pace the Warriors' 40 percent (8 for 20).
SONOMA 85, CSUS WOMEN 73, at Rohnert Park Lauren Godde scored 22 points, Briana Cotton had 20 and Devin Brown added 18 points before the Warriors dropped their ninth straight and fell to 2-18 overall and 1-14 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
DELTA 74, MJC MEN 64 Alex Simmons scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half to boost the Mustangs, who also took advantage of a number of scoreless stretches for MJC.
Four players scored in double figures for the Pirates, led by Tashawn Mabry's 16. Modesto's last home game is Feb. 14 against Santa Rosa.
DELTA 66, MJC WOMEN 57 The Mustangs made 18 of 19 free throws in the second half to distance themselves in the team's rubber game of the season.
Modesto (16-8, 5-5 Big 5) led by seven points twice in the second half, but weren't able to hold on after Lexy Posz picked up her fourth foul and was forced out of the game. Posz finished with 12 points. Jode Johnson led the Pirates with 15 points and Jamie Beck had 14.
MJC coach Mike Girardi was happy with the Pirates' press in the first half, which allowed them to overcome a 12-1 opening deficit.
Track and field
CSUS SETS RECORD, at Seattle In its second race of the indoor season, the Warriors' distance medley team notched another school record in winning the event at the University of Washington's Husky Classic.
The team of Marina Ghabbour (1,200 meters), Ufuoma Egbikuadje (400), Aman Hundal (800) and Courtney Anderson (1600) ran a time of 11:43.26, improving on the NCAA Division II championship provisional qualifying mark. The time is also the second-fastest in the nation this season.
WARRIORS 20TH IN HAWAII The Cal State Stanislaus men's golf team concluded the three-day Amer Ari Invitational at the Waikoloa Resort by shooting a 298 to close out the event with a 903 team total and a 20th-place finish.
Rob Damschen was the Warriors' top golfer with a 221 total. He shot a 73 in the final round to finish with scores of 75-73-73.
MJC 9, FOLSOM LAKE 0 Top singles player Alex Jackson led the charge with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep over Arghist Gregoryan in a nonconference shutout. Jackson also teamed with Xavier Lopez to win at No. 1 doubles, 8-0 against Gregoryan and Kury Marpuri. MJC is prepping for its 13-team tournament Feb. 15-16.
High school wrestling
MMC CHAMPIONSHIPS Making weight can be a struggle for wrestlers, who arent allowed to be so much as an ounce over the limit the morning of a tournament.
Modesto High junior Emilio Saavedra found that out Friday, his season over before the Modesto Metro Conference Championships at Beyer. A two-time state medalist who is ranked fourth in the state, Saavedra did not make weight at 132 pounds.
No other information was available from the tournament.