MODESTO — The Modesto Junior College baseball team entered Tuesday's game with a four-game winning streak and renewed confidence.
Unfortunately for the Pirates, they collided with Sierra, the leader in the Big 8 Conference race.
MJC quickly fell behind and, despite a solo home run by by Jake Hawkins, was beaten 5-2 Tuesday afternoon at the Pirates' ballpark.
Sierra (19-3, 9-1), ranked third in Northern California and ninth in the state, reached Modesto starter Kevin Grimes for all five runs before the end of the third inning.
Modesto (11-10, 4-6) answered with Hawkins' leadoff shot in the third but managed only four hits in 7ª innings off Sierra starter Andrew Cooper.
The Pirates crept closer in the eighth when Patrick Mulry grounded out to score Gino Franceschetti. Modesto, which came up empty in the fourth after loading the bases with no one out, went down in order in the ninth.
PIRATES FALL No. 5 singles Esteban Felix rallied from behind to pick up Modesto's only point during an 8-1 loss to defending state champion Fresno. The Pirates (10-4, 6-2), ranked fifth in Northern California, finished second in the Big 8 South.
SIERRA 10, MJC 0 League-leader Sierra (17-1-1, 8-1 Big 8) shut out the Pirates (7-20, 1-8 Big 8), who got hits from Micayla Laupua and Katie Carpenter to keep from being no-hit.
Track & Field
VORDERBRUEGGE IS RUNNER OF WEEK Cal State Stanislaus runner Dawson Vorderbruegge has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Men's Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week.
The senior from Honolulu finished first among a 60 runners in the 1,500 meter run at Saturday's Johnny Mathis Invitational, hosted by San Francisco State.
Vorderbruegge picked up a NCAA provisional qualifying time in the event after crossing the finish line with a time of 3 minutes, 50.6 seconds.