The Modesto Junior College baseball team was one out away from its first Big 8 Conference victory of the season, but errors proved costly.
Two hits and three throwing miscues later, and the Pirates fell 8-6 to visiting Diablo Valley on Saturday.
Noel Sanchez got the first two batters out in the top of the ninth, but the Vikings rallied with a single, three consecutive throwing errors and a home run that scored four runs.
MJC (6-10-1, 0-3) got a run back in the bottom of the inning, but it wasn’t enough as Diablo Valley (6-12, 3-0) remains perfect in conference play.
Stanislaus falls twice – The Warriors (6-14, 1-9 California Collegiate Athletic Association) lost their fifth consecutive game after dropping two to visiting Cal State Monterey Bay, 9-5 and 2-0. Senior outfielder Skippy Ferreria had four hits in the twin bill.
Track and field
Stanislaus junior shines – Warriors junior Gary Randolph finished second in three different events and set a school record in the discus at the Aggies Open, hosted by UC Davis. Randolph threw the discus 170 feet, 8 inches. He had a hammer throw of 194-10 and put the shot 54-51/4.
Abraham Alvarado placed second in the men’s 1,500 in 3 minutes, 52.72 seconds.
Dallas Campbell finished second in the women’s 5,000 meters in 17:39.50. Katie Timmermans was second in the 3,000 in 10:52.63, Sara Aguayo third (10:57.20).
Michelle Akanji was third in the 400 hurdles in 58.96, and Lindsay McKee third in the hammer throw (175-2).
MJC drops two – The Pirates (5-17, 0-5 Big 8) were swept by host Sacramento City, losing 8-0 and 10-2. MJC, which saw its losing streak reach 10 games, had just three hits in both games, including none in the opener.
Stanislaus swept – The Warriors (9-19) lost 10-2 and 8-0 to the Lumberjills (17-8) in Arcata. Stanislaus scored on solo home runs by pitcher Jessica Varady and designated player Alex Rowell in the opener, and had just three hits in the nightcap.
Sonoma State 7, Cal State Stanislaus 2 in Reno, Nev. – The Warriors (2-6) got two victories from top singles players J’Ana Diamond and Jessica Laurie, but the Seawolves (8-5), ranked 25th in the nation, won the rest of the matches.