TURLOCK — Ghianna Falconi made quite the first impression Saturday afternoon for the Cal State Stanislaus softball team.
Falconi, a freshman out of Oakdale, singled twice and tripled in her first three collegiate at-bats to lead Stanislaus to a 7-6 victory over San Francisco State in Saturday's nightcap to help the Warriors salvage a doubleheader split with the Gators.
After dropping a 2-1 decision in Game 1, the Warriors (8-9, 4-8 CCAA) rebounded behind Falconi, who finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored and one run batted in. All three of her hits came with two strikes.
Falconi would have had a fourth hit if not for a leaping, lunging grab by San Francisco state shortstop Jennifer Lewis.
Lauren Liming, who went 2-for 3, and Brittani Weatherford each had two RBIs in the finale for Stanislaus.
Lacy Fernandez belted solo home runs in each game for San Francisco State (9-11, 4-8), which scored twice in the sixth inning to take the opener.
PIRATES SWEEP TWIN BILL, at Fresno MJC used solid pitching to pick up two victories Saturday at the Fresno Bash.
In the opener, pitcher Roxy Corella struck out 13 batters and helped her own cause at the plate with three hits and two RBIs to lead Modesto Junior College to a 4-1 victory over Victor Valley.
Kasidi Barcelos pitched a one-hitter and the Pirates (5-11) pounded West Hills 14-0 to complete the day. Amanda Deigan and Leah Layman had two hits apiece for the Pirates.
Track and Field
MJC MEN SHINE The Modesto Junior College men's track and field teams had great performances at the Kim Duyst Invitational in Turlock and the Beaver Relays at American River College in Sacramento.
Leading the way for the men was Tyler Lamott, who had a personal-best throw of 180 feet in the hammer throw.
Eric Adorno was the top collegian in the 100 and 200 with times of 11.07 and 22.22 seconds, respectively. Adorno was joined by Akim Muhammad, Deshawn Craig, and Stephen Thayer on the winning 4x100-meter relay.
Markus Sanders won the discus with a state-leading mark of of 154-7.
BIG DAY FOR MJC WOMEN The Pirates' 4x100 relay team ran a time of 4:07.64 the second-best NorCal time this season en route to victory at the Kim Duyst Invitational. Morgan McFaddin, joined by her sister Alyssa (MJC basketball player), Sarah Mayfield and Olivia Muse-Amiel were the team members. Also, Mayfield hit a state B qualifying mark in the 400 meters in 58.25.
Kianna Weinzheimer the state leader in the javelin, won again, while Cara McClain again won the hammer. Both are undefeated in their respective events. Katy Cederlind was second in the hammer.
STANISLAUS SWEPT, at Turlock Stanislaus pounded out six extra-base hits, but 22 free passes 17 walks and five hit batsmen by Warrior pitchers helped San Francisco State sweep Saturday's CCAA doubleheader, 9-4 and 10-4.
The Warriors (5-13, 2-9 CCAA) had five extra-base hits in Game 1, including a double and triple from Craig Beevers, who finished the day 3-for-7 with two runs scored.
The Gators' lone extra-base hit came in the final inning of the day, a solo home run off the bat of Miguel Flores in the top of the seventh inning in Game 2.
Clint Brill hit his second double of the day in Game 2, but the Warriors only managed four runs in each of the games.
San Francisco State starter Zack Malik (2-2) threw a complete game for the win in Saturday's finale, scattering six hits over nine innings and striking out five.LOCAL COLLEGES