Warriors go 0-2 to open tourney

TURLOCK -- Coach Jan Schefkowitz knew what Sarah Shamblin was thinking.

The Cal State Stanislaus senior third baseman felt pressure to get a big hit with two outs and the Warriors trailing by a run in the seventh inning Friday.

"Coach said, 'You don't have the weight of the world on your shoulders, you have it in your hands,' " Shamblin said. "That was so perfect. Sometimes you have to go back to basics."

Shamblin hit a two-run double, but was called out trying to stretch it into a triple.

She capped the Warriors' four-run seventh to give them an 8-7 lead over San Bernardino.

But the Coyotes (1-1) prevailed 11-8 in nine innings as Tori Beaudette hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.

Stanislaus went 0-2 in its season-opening Mizuno Best of the West Invitational at Pedretti Park, falling to Seattle University 4-0 in its first game.

The No. 10-ranked Warriors trailed San Bernardino 7-1 before mounting a comeback Shamblin took pride it.

"That shows as a team how competitive we are," Shamblin said. "As a senior, you just want your team to fight hard, a team that fights through seven innings. We fought though nine."

The 12-team tournament was delayed nearly three hours while grounds crews worked on the soggy fields.

Schefkowitz said the Warriors took better swings in their second game and thinks they were just a little rusty since the recent storms have kept them from practicing outside much.

Jenn Arnold hit two doubles against San Bernardino, but was tagged for six runs and five hits in two innings on the pitching rubber. Alicia Reid also drove in two runs.

Stanislaus is scheduled to play Notre Dame de Namur today at 12:30 p.m., followed by UC San Diego at 2:30 p.m.

JC Men's Basketball

MODESTO JC 81, SIERRA 67, at Rocklin -- Modesto's Marvin Jefferson scored 30 points and had 11 rebounds and eight blocks in a dominant performance to open the second half of Big 8 Conference play.

Jefferson put up his numbers despite sitting out the last 11 minutes of the first half with two fouls. Brian Bergerson scored 17 points and Chris Teevan had 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Modesto coach Paul Brogan said the Pirates played a much different game than they did in their first meeting with Sierra, an 85-82 loss on Jan. 8.

"This is the team we've been trying to get back," Brogan said. "It was a complete team effort."

JC Women's Basketball

SIERRA 64, MODESTO JC 60, at Rocklin -- Time ran out on a Pirates comeback against Northern California's No. 5 team.

Connie Gomes made two of her four 3-pointers in the final minute. Gomes led No. 8 MJC (16-9, 5-3 Big 8) with 18 points, making 7 of 12 shots from the field. Ursyla Mueller followed with 12 points and four assists.

Sierra (21-5, 7-1 Big 8) made all six of its free throws in the last two minutes to pull away, and 11 of 14 from the stripe after halftime. The Pirates rallied after trailing 27-12 late in the first half and led briefly, 50-46, with 14 minutes remaining.

Coach Mike Girardi said point guard Kacey Ball did a good job driving and setting up her teammates for shots. She finished with 11 points and five rebounds.

Gomes stepped up when Ball was in foul trouble, making some great moves in the second half to spark Modesto. On one play Gomes leaned to the left to avoid a defender and made a shot as she fell.

JC Baseball

MERCED 9, OHLONE 2, at Merced -- Jason Hague and Joe Buckley homered for the Blue Devils (3-0), and Buckley, Bryan Abrey and Ben Gorang had two RBIs.

Starter Brian Gilbertson got the win, going five innings and holding Ohlone (1-2) to just one run. Merced staked him to an 8-0 lead after four innings.

Merced hosts Lassen College today at 11 a.m.

JC Men's Tennis

MODESTO JC 8, MISSION 1, at Modesto -- MJC, kept off the courts by the rain all last week, won its season opener as it warmed up for the 16-team Modesto JC Invitational which starts Thursday.

Bee staff reports contributed.