Junior left fielder Kyle Loretelli of Modesto made sure the Cal State Stanislaus baseball team started the weekend off right.
Loretelli sent a 1-0 pitch deep for the game-winning home run that gave the No. 23 Warriors a 3-2 victory Friday over No. 16 Chico State in the first game of a four-game set.
Loretelli's hit gave the Warriors (15-4, 8-1 California Collegiate Athletic Association) their eighth win in their last at-bat. Stanislaus has won 10 of its last 11 games and is riding a four-game winning streak.
Freshman starter Andrew Stueve of Empire who gave the Warriors a solid start, holding the Wildcats (12-5, 5-3 CCAA) scoreless until the seventh inning. Stueve pitched seven innings, scattering five hits, striking out one and allowing just one run.
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Warrior closer Andrew Troncale picked up his third win of the season in relief after coming in to get the final out in the top of the ninth.
Loretelli went 2 for 3 with a run scored and a walk. Dante Palacios went 2 for 4 and scored a run.
The series between the two teams continues on Saturday at Warrior Field with a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.
The series finale is on Sunday at Warrior Field with first pitch slated for noon.
STANISLAUS SWEEPS, at Chico -- Meghan Franksen is back -- and that's great news for the Stanislaus softball team, which swept Chico State, 6-3 and 4-0 at University Field.
Franksen, the junior shortstop from Ceres who entered the season with a .332 career batting average, went 6 for 8 and drove in four runs with a double and a triple in the twin bill.
She had struggled offensively through the first 14 games of the season before hitting a homer against Humboldt last Saturday.
With her third home run of the season, Franksen became Stanislaus' career leader in home runs with 21.
Oakdale's Alyssa Guzman drove in two runs with a triple in the first inning of Friday's opener to give Stanislaus a 2-0 lead.
Franksen then added two runs with a home run in the fifth inning that also scored Patterson's Britney Borba, who tripled with two outs.
Pitcher Jessica Gaumnitz gave up three runs on five hits in 6º innings in the opener for the win. Ceres' Jen Arnold pitched six shutout innigs in the nightcap.
The same two teams will go at it again today with game one of the doubleheader at noon.
JC Women's Tennis
MJC 8, SAC CITY 1 -- The Pirates (8-1, 4-0 Big 8) remained perfect in the conference with Quimi Alaniz and Kristina Yarbrough refusing to yield a game in singles or doubles play.
JC Men's Tennis
MJC 9, SAC CITY 0 -- Brian Phommachit and Nathaniel Sousa won their singles matches, then outlasted their opponents in a marathon doubles match, winning 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-1.
JC Men's Swimming
MJC 56, DELTA 37, at Stockton -- The Pirates won 10 events, including a sweep of the relays with their best times of the season. Modesto won the 400 medley in 3 minutes, 58.64 seconds, the 400 free in 3:26.25.
JC Women's Swimming
MJC 91, SEQUOIAS 18, at Stockton -- Katie Griffith won the 200 IM (2:24) and helped the 400 medley and 800 free relay teams claim victories. Jen Cadmus and Lauren Griffin each won two events.