The Cal State Stanislaus men’s basketball team is headed back to the postseason.
With a 68-62 victory against Sonoma State on Saturday in Rohnert Park, the Warriors earned a spot in the California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament. Stanislaus won the tournament last season.
Chris Read led Stanislaus with 23 points against the Seawolves for his highest total since Jan. 17. Stanislaus (15-10, 12-8 CCAA) has a three-game lead on seventh-place Cal State Monterey Bay with two games to play.
Stanislaus led 32-27 at halftime and led by as many as 12 points in the second half. Sonoma State (11-13, 8-12) pulled to within three points with 12:03 to play, but Alek Carlson’s three-pointer gave the Warriors a cushion.
Women: Stanislaus 53, Sonoma State 36 – Brianna Cotton led the Warriors with 12 points and the defense held the Seawolves under 40 points for Stanislaus’ second consecutive road victory.
Stanislaus (8-16, 6-14 CCAA) benefited from two 8-0 runs. Cotton and Ana Burch made three-pointers to sandwich one stretch to help give the Warriors a 32-19 lead.
Cotton capped another run with a three-pointer to give the Warriors a 42-26 lead with 11:33 remaining. Senior leader Cotton has 942 career points with two games left in the season.
Stanislaus ends at home next weekend, playing host to Cal State East Bay on Friday and Cal State Monterey Bay on Saturday.
No. 21 Chico State strikes – Cal State Stanislaus was edged twice in 5-4 and 5-3 losses to the visiting Wildcats.
Chico State overcame five errors and a four-hit offensive effort in the opener to win in 11 innings. Connor Huesers reached on a bunt, advanced on a Sean Smith single and a Danny Miller ground out and scored on a passed ball for the winning run.
The run trumped a four-run Warriors rally in the fifth inning that tied the game. Dante Broome had the big hit in that inning, a two-run double. He stole third and scored on a Patrick Mulry single.
In Game 2, Klayton Miller hit his third homer of the season and James Hiller hit an RBI double and a triple to boost the Warriors (5-8, 0-3 CCAA). But the Wildcats (4-3, 2-0 CCAA) came up with the timely hits and scored two unearned runs to make the difference.
Stanislaus swept – UC San Diego hung two one-run losses on the Warriors in CCAA play Saturday, 6-5 and 2-1.
The Warriors (6-8, 2-6) had 12 hits in Game 2, but stranded 11 runners. Cassidy Duke and Deenah San Luis each had three hits, but it was Morgan Balestreri who scored an unearned run in the sixth.
The Tritons had just four hits, but the deciding one was an RBI double from McKenna Clewett in the seventh.
In Game 1, Kendall Woken hit a grand slam in the fourth inning to give UC San Diego (14-2, 7-1) a 5-0 lead. Stanislaus tied the game with five runs, two unearned, in the bottom of the inning. But the Tritons scored on a bases-loaded walk in the sixth and held on for the win.
MJC 11, DeAnza 1 – Illiana Cajias had three hits, including a double, and knocked in three runs to lead the Pirates in a nonconference game that ended after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Modesto (3-7) got two hits each from Adalia Cajias, who doubled, and Shannen Castle. Jazzlyn Ayala and Castle each hit triples and drove in a run.