Thursday could not have gone much better for the Cal State Stanislaus softball team.
The Warriors won their opening game of the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championships, beating San Bernardino 6-1 in Arcata.
Then the Warriors saw No. 1 seed and host Humboldt State lose to No. 4 Monterey Bay 5-0. Stanislaus will face Monterey Bay today at 1 p.m. after Humboldt State plays San Bernardino at 10:30 a.m.
Alicia Reid hit a two-run double in the second and Meghan Franksen added a two-run homer in the fourth to power No. 2 Stanislaus (28-21). Kimiko Wright went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Britney Borba drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Jessica Gaumnitz allowed just two hits in six innings against the CCAA's offensive leader. Jen Arnold closed the game, giving up one hit in the the seventh.
"We looked really good in every aspect," coach Jan Schefkowitz said. "Jessica was outstanding, to be able to hold them like that, and the defense was great. San Bernardino was the conference leader in average."
Schefkowitz expects the Warriors will see Humboldt State before the weekend is over, and said Stanislaus doesn't get too excited about who they face. Or not.
"We have a long way to go," Schefkowitz said. "We're really using this as a tune-up for regionals. We're playing well at a good time of year."
Track and Field
LOCALS SOAR, at Los Angeles -- Escalon native and Chico State junior Brian Beeman is in third after the first day of the decathlon competition at the CCAA Championships.
Beeman has 3,429 points to leader and teammate Jake Nelson's 3,604 points. Antoine Sept (2,529) and Adam Kubo (2,201) of Stanislaus are ninth, and 10th, respectively.
MJC, at Mission Viejo -- The Pirate women are eighth after the first day of the California Community College State Championships at Saddleback College.
The MJC women finished third in the 200 free relay with a season-best time of 1 minute, 40.76 seconds. The Pirates were 11th in the 400 medley relay (4:16.29). Jen Cadmus finished third in the 50 free with a 24.63. Kelli Sargent was 10th in 25.42.
For the men, the Pirates were 15th in the 200 free relay (1:29.30).
MERCED 4, WEST HILLS 1, at Merced -- Bryan Abrey and Wes Borba each hit a home run in the CVC season finale. The Blue Devils (32-9, 19-5 CVC) finished second to Fresno City and start the NorCal Playoffs on May 8.
Starting pitcher Brian Gilbertson gave up four hits in three innings, and went 2 for 3 at the plate with a double. Broderick Floro got the win in three innings of work, giving up one hit, and Bradin Hagins picked up his third save with four strikeouts in three innings.