It took a nonconference opponent to get to Cal State Stanislaus ace Marquis Fleming.
Northwest Nazarene defeated No. 11-ranked Stanislaus 4-1 Thursday to open a four-game series in Nampa, Idaho. The teams play a day-night doubleheader today starting at 4 p.m.
Fleming (6-2) was dealt just his second loss of the season, giving up six hits and four runs in seven innings. He hadn't lost since the opener against Western Oregon on Feb. 5.
Northwest Nazarene (13-9) pitcher Andy Pottenger scattered six hits. Stanislaus (21-6) had a short-lived rally in the seventh when Kyle Loretelli hit his 10th double of the year. He advanced on a Jake Oketani infield single and scored on Tomas Donnelly's groundout.
Dante Palacios, David Contreras and Oketani each had two hits for the Warriors.
MJC 15, CHABOT 12, at Chabot -- The Pirates went ahead in the eighth inning of a nonconference slugfest with three consecutive doubles. Dwight Nixon, Sammy Bryant and Joey Blakely each drove in a run with doubles in the Pirates' three-run eighth to take a 13-12 lead. Modesto (14-9) scored two more runs in the top of the ninth of an error-free game on both sides. Matt Schwark was one of five Pirates with three hits and he drove in four runs.
MERCED 4, L.A. HARBOR 3, at Santa Monica -- Merced scored the winning run on L.A. Harbor pitcher Ben Rowen's balk with two outs in the ninth. John Canepa hit a two-run homer in the first inning to get the Blue Devils (21-5) started in a nonconference game. Brock Floro held on to the early lead, striking out seven in eight innings, giving up six hits and three runs. Jacob Burch picked up the save.
Wes Borba, Dean Mraz and Kory Vitato doubled for Merced.
MERCED 13, SEQUOIAS 6, at Visalia -- The Blue Devils stayed undefeated in the Central Valley Conference despite four errors. Merced (20-11, 9-0 CVC) rallied from a 6-5 deficit with eight runs in the top of the sixth. Mallory Blair and Megan McColloch each had three hits.
MJC 6, DELTA 1, at Stockton -- The Pirates took advantage of five Delta errors, including three in Modesto's three-run first inning that came with no hits. Modesto (10-18, 2-4 Big 8) had only four hits, the biggest being a lead-off double by Missy Corral in the third that set up a run scored by Corral.