STOCKTON — The Modesto Junior College Pirates, frustrated and turned away by San Joaquin Delta all week, answered Saturday afternoon.
Their response was sophomore righthander Robbie DeVries, who limited the Mustangs to only a single run in 8ª innings as Modesto snapped a six-game losing streak by winning 4-1 at Nick Cecchetti Field.
Modesto (8-9, 1-5) had dropped the first two games of the series. The latter was a disappointing 8-4 loss during which the Pirates rallied from behind, then gave up five runs in the ninth.
They put together a solid game in the series finale, however, for their first Big 8 Conference victory. DeVries (4-1) struck out eight, walked two and allowed only six hits, including an RBI double by Calvin McMiller.
Aaron Godinez entered in the ninth and pitched out of trouble for his first save.
MJC broke through for a 2-0 lead in the fourth off Delta starter Cody Lane. RBI hits by Gino Franceschetti and Patrick Mulrey put Modesto ahead to stay.
After Delta pulled to within 2-1, the Pirates extended the lead with a sacrifice fly by Kyle Robinson in the sixth and a run-scoring double by Mulrey in the seventh.
PIRATES DROP TWO MJC rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of the second game but fell 5-3 and was swept by Cosumnes River in a Big 8 doubleheader on the MJC West Campus.
Roxy Corella had two hits and an RBI during the nightcap for the Pirates (6-17, 0-5). Cosumnes (4-1, 12-12) won the opener 12-3 by erupting for 16 hits, featuring a seven-run fourth.
Micayla Laupua doubled and drove in two runs for Modesto, and Corella and Mady Adams had two hits apiece.
WARRIORS STUMBLE Humboldt State's Hannah Williams ripped a walkoff three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to send home the Warriors with a 5-2 loss.
Stanislaus (11-17, 6-14), which also lost the opener 11-3 in five innings, dropped all four games of the California Collegiate Athletic Association series in Arcata.
Lauren Liming drove in all the runs for Stanislaus during the doubleheader. Her three-run homer in the first inning of the opener got the Warriors off to a fast start before Humboldt (18-9, 12-4) responded.
Stanislaus' Natalie Rendon (4-8) went the distance and struck out seven in the nightcap en route to a tough loss.
TOUGH LOSS Former MJC and Pitman High star Austin Keaton missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds as Culver-Stockton (Mo.) fell 86-82 to Georgetown (Ky.) in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Tournament in Kansas City. Keaton finished with 19 points for Culver-Stockton (26-9), which led 52-37 at halftime.
STATE CC FINALS Big 8 women's champion Santa Rosa was beaten by Mt. San Jacinto 63-58 in the state semifinals Saturday night at Cosumnes River. That sets up today's final games at Cosumnes: The Mt. San Antonio men vs. Chaffey (the MJC Tournament consolation champion last December) at 1 p.m., followed by the women's final at 3:30 between Mt. San Jacinto vs. Mt. San Antonio.