MODESTO — The Modesto Junior College baseball team spent much of Saturday afternoon scurrying around the bases but not scoring.
Modesto stranded 10 base runners, grounded into two double plays and ended the game with the bases loaded. The frustration led to a 3-0 Big 8 Conference loss to league-leading Sierra, Northern California's No. 3-ranked team, at the MJC field.
Sierra (21-3, 11-1) swept all three games this week over Modesto (11-12, 4-8). The Pirates challenged in all outings but couldn't get the game-changing hit.
Modesto opened the series finale by threatening in the first two innings. Six singles for the game off three Sierra pitchers weren't enough.
MJC starter Ty Galloway allowed seven hits but yielded only one earned run in five innings. Reliever Aaron Godinez allowed only an unearned run the rest of the way.
WARRIORS IMPROVE Cal State Stanislaus athletes Kyle Maxwell and Terrance Ellis both earned NCAA provisional qualifying marks during the Stanford Invitational. Maxwell was one of five pole vaulters to clear 15 feet, 11 inches, and finished fifth on tie-breakers. Ellis, competing against Division I runners, placed 10th in the 800 meters with his 1:52.33.
DOUBLEHEADER LOSS No. 16-ranked Sonoma State (25-8, 18-6) completed a four-game sweep with easy 12-1 and 9-0 wins over the Warriors (11-21, 6-18) in California Collegiate Athletic Association action in Turlock.
Seawolves pitchers Samantha Lipperd and Amanda Lierena combined for 17 strikeouts and allowed only six hits. Stanislaus' Brianna Nicholson hit safety in each game of the series.
PIRATES SPLIT Roxy Corella drove in four runs and pitched MJC (8-21, 2-9) to an 11-1 win and a split of its Big 8 doubleheader at American River. The Pirates dropped the opener 8-5.
WINNING RACES MJC's Alex Wheeler (200 freestyle and 500 freestyle) and Amber McKinney (200 individual medley and 100 butterfly) both doubled at the College of San Mateo Invitational.
Also winning for the Pirates were Tim Richard in the 50 free and Kristine Groteguth in the 1,650 free.
IMPRESSIVE WINS Cal State Stanislaus earned impressive victories in both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles during a loss to UC Davis in Turlock.
Davina Meza and McKenzy Harden, the latter a Ceres High graduate, built a strong 8-6 victory. Meza, a sophomore from New Zealand, downed Layla Sanders in singles 6-2, 6-2.