Local College Roundup: Warrior softball team loses pair at Mizuno tournament

TURLOCK -- The Cal State Stanislaus softball team, ranked No. 10 in the nation in Division II, is off to an 0-4 start.

The Warriors lost 7-6 to Notre Dame de Namur in eight innings and 9-0 to UC San Diego in five innings Saturday at their Mizuno Best of the West Invitational at Pedretti Park.

Against Notre Dame, Stanislaus second baseman Britney Borba was 4-for-4 and Alicia Reid, Meghan Franksen and Jennifer Arnold homered. Jessica Scholl tripled twice.

But Notre Dame erased a 4-0 deficit with a five-run fifth, later broke a 5-5 tie with two in the top of the eighth and held on for the win. Stanislaus scored in the eighth on a double-play grounder, but a fly-out ended the game.

Alyssa Guzman's RBI double in the bottom of the seventh sent the game into extra innings.

Against San Diego, the Warriors' only hit was a two-out single by Sarah Shamblin in the fifth inning.

Danielle Lukk hit a grand slam in the first inning to put UC San Diego out front.

Weather permitting, Stanislaus is to play Chico State today at 12:15 p.m. and San Francisco State at 2:30 in the third and final day of the tournament.

MJC SWEPT, at Coalinga -- The Pirates lost 7-5 and 1-0 to West Hills, with the second game called by darkness after five.

In Game 1 the Falcons erased a 5-4 Modesto lead with a three-run game-winning rally in the bottom of the sixth. Kasey Beard and Sara Cree homered for Modesto and Rachel Rebelo had a single, triple and two RBIs.

Beard pitched the second game, striking out six and allowing a run after two errors were committed in the fifth.

JC Baseball

MERCED COLLEGE 8, LASSEN COLLEGE 1, at Merced -- Bradin Hagens pitched six innings of five-hit ball for the Blue Devils (4-0), allowing Lassen (2-2) an unearned run in the sixth. Bryan Abrey homered and Brian Gilbertson and Scott Uehara each had two of Merced's 11 hits.

JC Men's Basketball

MERCED COLLEGE 83, PORTERVILLE 79, at Porterville -- The Blue Devils (3-4 Central Valley Conference) fought off a late 7-2 Porterville rally, making some clutch free throws down stretch.

Merced coach Bill Russell praised the steady play of point guard Edwin Opoku, in his third game since returning from broken right hand. Julius Cheeks had 18 points and Opoku 12 for Merced, and Dominic Jones grabbed 11 rebounds.

Chris Walker had 23 points for Porterville, which trailed 50-37 at the half.

FRESNO CITY 95, COLUMBIA 74, at Columbia -- Marcus Cendro had 24 points but the Claim Jumpers lost to the Rams.

JC Women's Basketball

MERCED COLLEGE 58, TAFT 45, at Merced -- Fantasia Newsome had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Kenyatta Harper 13 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Blue Devils (17-11, 4-1 Central Valley Conference) to victory.

College Swimming

MJC, at Ohlone Invitational (Fremont) -- Modesto opened its season at the eight-school meet with the women taking second place and the men fifth.

BRAGG WINS TWICE -- Senior Ja-Neil Bragg of Manteca won the 200 free (1:52.25) and 400 IM (4:25.22) Saturday, but her University of the Pacific team lost 136.5-125.5 to host UC Santa Barbara in Big West action.

Track and Field

XAVIER 4TH, at Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Fresno State freshman Kayla Xavier, a Johansen High graduate and The Bee's Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year in 2006 and 2007, placed fourth in the shot put with a personal-best throw of 46 feet, 11 inches Saturday at the Air Force Invitational indoor meet.

Xavier placed fourth in the shot put and sixth in the discus at the CIF State Track and Field Meet last year at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento.