Four Modesto pitchers combined on a three-hitter as the Nuts beat Lake Elsinore 3-1 on Thursday night.
Starter Matt Flemer, an El Cerrito and University of California product, pitched five innings, allowing one hit and a walk while striking out seven. He improved to 2-0.
Jacob Newberry pitched two innings and Rayan Gonzalez and Raul Fernandez each tossed one to guide the Nuts, who have won two straight games for the first time this season.
Rosell Herrera and Juan Ciriaco each had two hits for the Nuts, who went ahead 2-1 in the fifth and added a run in the sixth.
Williams said Fister had “no issues” Thursday.
Fister is on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 23 with a strained back muscle.
The plan is for Fister, acquired from Detroit in an offseason trade, to get five days’ rest before increasing to three innings. He will then head to a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment for “probably a couple” starts, Williams said. “We’ve got to build him like we would build him in spring. I think he’s a little bit ahead of the game in that regard, but certainly would like him to get five innings somewhere, at least,” Williams said.
Brandon Hagerla mowed through the Pirates with ease to improve to 7-2 on the season and lower his earned run average to a tidy 1.79. MJC starter Colby DeVries gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits and six walks in 3 1/3 innings.
The loss was the seventh straight for the Pirates, who have been outscored 53-14 during the streak.
MJC, which won its first 14 games of the season, fell to 20-11 overall, 6-11 in the Big South Conference, where they are in seventh place.
The Pirates, who have won 14 of 18 at home, play Santa Rosa today at 2:30 p.m. at MJC.
Steven Farnworth gave up five hits in eight innings for the victory that dropped Stanislaus to 11-26 overall, 5-23 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
Colton Beatty had two hits for the Warriors, who face the Broncos today in Games 2 and 3 of the four-game series in Pomona that ends Saturday.
Track and field
Josh Uikilifi placed second in the hammer throw and was the top Division II competitor in a field loaded with Division I athletes at the Cal State L.A. Twilight.
Uikilifi’s throw was a season-best 199 feet, 11 inches.
Warrior athletes are competing at the Twilight, the Mt. SAC Relays, the Azusa Pacific Bryan Clay Invitational and the Long Beach Invitational through Saturday.
At the Mt. SAC on Thursday, Stanislaus’ Alyssa Thiele finished 17th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 11 minutes, 25.07 seconds.