Local Digest: Errors hurt MJC baseball

Bee staff reportsMarch 28, 2014 

— The Modesto Junior College Pirates led 2-0 through six innings until their defense betrayed them Friday afternoon.

San Joaquin Delta scored six runs, only two of them earned, during its final two innings for a 6-2 Big 8 Conference win. Three MJC errors figured in the rallies as the Mustangs (19-5, 6-3) averted a three-game sweep this week and moved into sole possession of second place.

Modesto (19-4, 5-4), locked in a three-way tie for third place, received a solid start from Colby DeVries, who shut out Delta and gave up only two hits through 5 2/3 innings. The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the first after Nathan Chunn was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Gino Franceschetti, who accounted for three of Modesto’s seven hits, singled home Christian Kahler for a 2-0 lead in the fourth.

The game was played a day earlier than scheduled due to incoming weather. Modesto will meet last-place American River for three games next week.

Warriors win – Pitchers Nick Ippolito and Dustin Baisdon combined for a shutout as Cal State Stanislaus earned a 3-0 non-league win over Academy of Art at Warrior Field. Ippolito, a freshman, gave up six hits in seven innings, as Academy of Art stranded 11.

Stanislaus (9-18) snapped a four-game losing streak, thanks to Matt Chaidez’s sacrifice fly in the first, Marcus Mastrobuoni’s RBI single in the sixth and Colton Beatty’s squeeze bunt in the eighth.

Charlie Geff scored twice for Stanislaus, which will take on Academy of Art for a doubleheader Sunday at 3 p.m. The doubleheader was moved from today to Sunday.


Tritons sweep – UC San Diego (20-6, 15-3), ranked 19th, ran away with a 10-1 and 8-0 sweep over the Warriors (10-25, 6-20) in California Collegiate Athletic Association action in La Jolla. The Warriors, who’ve lost 10 straight, were led by Brittney Rickles with an RBI in the opener and Amy Droege’s single and double in the nightcap.


Aggies romp – Division I UC Davis easily blanked the Warriors 9-0 on the Stanislaus courts. Stanislaus (4-6) hopes for better fortunates today at home at noon against Holy Names.

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