Coyotes advance to WWPA consolation final

Sophomore Kaitlin Hartman scored the match-deciding goal with 5:32 left in the fourth period Saturday to advance Cal State San Bernardino to the consolation final of the Western Water Polo Association championship tournament.


The Coyotes, 19-17 on the season, will face the winner of the Cal State Bakersfield-Cal State Monterey Bay match at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Burns Recreation and Aquatics Center at Loyola Marymount University.

Before Hartmans deciding goal, the Coyotes seeded No. 7 in the tournament had a nip-and-tuck battle with No. 6 seed Sonoma State before prevailing 8-7, keeping the Seawolves at bay during the final 5:32 of the match.


All-WWPA first-team selection and two-time all-American Freyja Berg had three goals for the Coyotes as did her teammate, senior Ashley Hays. Senior Italia Iossif scored the other point for CSUSB. Freshman goalkeeper Bryanna Burns had three saves.


The Coyotes took a 3-1 lead early in the first period but SSU rallied to tie the match at 3-3 and then took a 4-3 lead over CSUSB in the second period and led 5-4 at halftime.


CSUSB got two goals from Hays and a third from Berg to forge a 7-7 tie after three quarters.

Harmans goal came right after Samantha Mullins of Sonoma State was cited for an ejection foul at 5:52, leaving the Seawolves short a player and the Coyotes capitalized 20 seconds later.


CSUSBs defense held Sonoma State scoreless in the final period.




CSUSB goals: Freyja Berg 3, Ashley Hays 3, Italia Iossif, Kaitlin Hartman. Goalie saves: Bryanna Burns (3).


Sonoma St. goals: Samantha Burchard, Jessica Scott, Jenna Bole, Lauren Smith, Emily Pearce, Sara Watt, Samantha Mullins. Goalie saves: Lysa Limbard (9).

Broncos settle for split with Cal State L.A.

Cal State L.A.s baseball team dropped the first game of its California Collegiate Athletic Association doubleheader against Cal Poly Pomona, but the Golden Eagles salvaged a split with a big performance in the nightcap.

Max Moya drilled a pair of home runs giving him three for the day and Yuichiro Fujiwara pitched five strong innings to lead Cal State L.A. to an 11-6 win in the nightcap. That win was badly needed because Cal Poly Pomona rode some outstanding pitching from Brandon King and Peter Shiner in the opener to post a 3-1 win.


Cal State L.A. (25-21, 19-12 CCAA) pulled to within one-half game of fourth-place Cal State Stanislaus (31-18, 19-11) in the conference race. Chico State (32-12, 21-10 CCAA) is in third place, two games ahead of the Golden Eagles. Cal State Stanislaus hosts first-place Sonoma State in a doubleheader on Sunday and then finishes the regular-season with a four-game series at Cal Poly Pomona. Chico State finishes with a four-game series at Cal State San Bernardino and Cal State L.A. wraps up its regular-season with a four-game series at San Francisco State.


The Golden Eagles got a big day from Moya, who accounted for their only run in the first game with a solo home run in the first inning. He then belted a two-run home run in the first inning of the nightcap and added a solo shot third. He was 3-for-3 in the nightcap with two runs scored and three RBI.


The first game featured strong pitching from both teams. King didnt allow another run after Moyas first-inning homer and went seven innings, allowing eight hits while walking two and striking out five. Peter Shiner allowed only one hit and struck out three over the final two innings to pick up the save.


The Golden Eagles were paced by John Mitchell, who allowed seven hits and three runs over seven innings. Erick Hong allowed only one hit over the final two innings to give Cal State L.A. a chance to rally.


Cal Poly Pomona broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh when Chris Wilson singled, took second on a sacrifice by Jeff Ringholm and scored on a double by Andres Fernandez. Kyle Boggio followed with a double to score Fernandez and make it 3-1.


In between games, the Golden Eagles honored their six seniors Dustin Birosak, Theon Bourdaniotis, Tyler Warmerdam, Darrick Hale, Manny Urresti and Henry Contreras in a special ceremony.


Cal Poly Pomona took a 1-0 lead in the nightcap on a leadoff home run by Matt Davidson, but Fujiwara didnt allow another run in his five innings of work. Cal State L.A. countered with four runs in the bottom of the inning two on a home run by Moya to take command.


The Golden Eagles made it 5-1 on a solo home run by Moya in the third and then broke the game open with three runs each in the fourth and fifth innings. Joe Park had a two-run single in the fourth, while Devin Ramirez, Nico Moreno and Christian Ramirez had RBI in the fifth.


Cal Poly Pomona battled back for five runs in its half of the seventh inning. Davidson drove in a run with a single, Jordan Alcantar had a sacrifice fly to drive in a run and Manny Navarro drove in a run with a sacrifice fly for the Broncos.


Cal State L.A. had 14 hits in the nightcap. Park and Devon Ramirez had two hits and scored two runs each, while Christian Ramirez drove in a pair of runs.


Cal State L.A. will play its final home game of the season on Tuesday when the Golden Eagles host Point Loma in a non-conference game. The Golden Eagles will travel to San Francisco State for a four-game series to conclude the conference regular season beginning with a single game on Friday.

Five CCAA golf teams advance to west Regional

Led by conference champion Sonoma State, five California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) teams received regional tournament bids to the 80-team NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships, the NCAA announced on Friday.

Joining the Seawolves from the eight-team West Region will be Cal State Stanislaus, Chico State, Cal State San Bernardino and Cal State Monterey Bay.

The teams will join eight others from the Northwest Region to comprise the Northwest/West Super Regional that will be conducted May 5-7 at the Adobe Creek Golf Club in Petaluma, Calif.

The top team from each region within the super regional and the top individual not with a team from each super regional (regardless of region) will advance to the finals May 14-17 at the Division II Spring National Championships Festival in Houston, Texas. Rice University and the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority will serve as the finals co-hosts.

Ten additional teams will earn berths to the finals. These teams will be determined based on the previous three-year average of top-10 finishes of a super regional at the finals. For the 2008 championships, the additional super regional allotments are as follows:

Atlantic/Southeast – Three

Great Lakes/Central – One
South/South Central – Three
West/Northwest – Three

In addition to the five CCAA teams, two individuals from UC San Diego were selected to participate in the super regional. Juniors Billy Olsen and Nathan Phan were part of a group of five individuals that will compete in the tournament.

Sonoma State, which captured its first-ever CCAA men’s golf title on Tuesday, is currently ranked No. 2 in the latest Golfstat rankings. Cal State Stanislaus is sixth, while Chico State is No. 15, Cal State San Bernardino No. 24 and Cal State Monterey Bay No. 36.


Adobe Creek Golf Club; Petaluma, California; hosted by Sonoma State University.

Northwest Region:

1. Colorado-Colorado Springs [Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference]

2. St. Cloud State

3. Western New Mexico

4. Colorado State-Pueblo

5. Minnesota State Mankato

6. Fort Lewis

7. Nebraska-Kearney

8. Colorado Christian


1. Matt Pridey, Augustana (South Dakota)

2. Bobby Arranga, Regis (Colorado)

3. Wally Byrne, South Dakota

4. Aaron Hieb, Augustana (South Dakota)

5. Jimmy Spierings, Regis (Colorado)


1. Sonoma State [California Collegiate Athletic Conference]

2. Cal State Stanislaus

3. Western Washington

4. Cal State Chico

5. Hawaii-Hilo

6. Grand Canyon

7. Cal State San Bernardino

8. Cal State Monterey Bay


1. Nathan Phan, San Diego

2. Hiro Nezu, St. Martin’s

3. John Eisentrout, St. Martin’s

4. Dale Raybould, Northwest Nazarene

5. Billy Olson, San Diego

Winner of each region advances to finals (2 teams, 1 individual)

Rio Hondo blasts SBVC 15-3

Both San Bernardino Valley College baseball coach Bill Mierzwik and Rio Hondo counterpart Mike Salazar have crunched the numbers. Their teams are among the three vying for the one last playoff spot behind Foothill Conference-frontrunner Chaffey.

Salazar think his team needs to win four of its last six, while Mierzwik said his needs five of six.
It was the Roadrunners creeping closer to their goal, blasting SBVC 15-3 Thursday at Arrowhead Credit Union Park in the opener of a three-game set.

Rio (21-15, 14-4), which has won eight straight games, was in control from the start, pushing across four in the first frame off Wolverines starter Tommy Bills (6-1).  It didnt get any better, as the Roadrunners added to that lead the next five innings. They were never set down in order.

This gets us off to a good start, Salazar said. We never come in expecting to slug it out with someone but today we had some things fall in and we were able to build on that.

Rio got an infield hit by Kevin Mort and winning pitcher Leo Madrid (5-2) walked with one out. Matt Smoley then hit a fly ball that was badly misplayed by left fielder Dwight Robinson. Two runners scored and Smoley coasted into third. It was 4-0 before Bills got out of the inning.

While the game turned into a rout, Mierzwik said that inning set the tone.

We make that catch and we get out of the inning, he said. It changes the inning because your pitcher throws 15 pitches instead of 30. He gets out of that inning and it gives him some confidence, the rest of the team feels better. You never know.

The visitors led 7-2, then added four more in a fourth that featured the ejection of Mierzwik and assistant Rene Leal. Dominick Guerrero, the third pitcher of the day, had come in after Trent Veleker walked the first two.
After a 2-0 count to Willie Sandez, home plate umpire Barry Sosa began exchanging words with coaches in the SBVC dugout, who thought their pitchers were being squeezed.

Sosa first tossed Leal, then Mierzwik, probably the most even-tempered of the seven coaches in the SBVC dugout. Mierzwik said it was just the second time he had been tossed in 18 years. He took in the rest of the game from the press box.

I know you cant argue balls and strikes. I didnt say anything to him. I was talking to my catcher, he said.

The rest of the game was just a formality. It took two hours to get through the first two innings. SBVC used six pitchers who surrendered a total of 15 hits. Every starter had a hit and eight of nine scored at least a run. Smoley led the Roadrunners, going 2-for-3 with four RBI and three runs scored. He also walked four times. Ian Kammerer had three hits, three runs scored and two RBI.

Madrid went six innings before giving way to Chris Dorado. Sal Ramirez went the last two innings.
SBVC was led by Zach Baker with two hits – a double and a triple. Adrian Carmona stroked a solo home run in the fourth.

The teams will play a doubleheader at Rio Hondo at noon saturday.

It was a tough way to start but we can still reach our goal, Mierzwik. Of course it would be a lot easier if we didnt lose the first game.

SBVC finishes the season with a series against Cerro Coso while Rio finishes with College of the Desert, the other team in the playoff hunt.

Mierzwik gets tossed as Wolverines lose big game

The San Bernardino Valley College baseball team is fighting with three other teams for the second playoff spot out of the Foothill Conference with Chaffey close to wrapping up the top spot.

The Wolverines squared off against Rio Hondo, another team in contention, Thursday at Arrowhead Credit Union Park and the host team was never in this one, losing 15-3. The biggest problem was pitching. The Wolverines walked a total of nine and hit three, one with the bases loaded.

The play of the outfield was also shabby as balls that should have been caught went for doubles or triples, paving the way to big innings.

Veteran coach Bill Mierzwik was ejected in the fourth after Dominick Guerrero, the third SBVC pitcher ran the count to 2-0 with two Roadrunners already on base courtesy of free passes.

His ejection came after assistant Rene Leal was tossed first. It’s a good thing SBVC has seven coaches.

All coaches chirp when they get squeezed and this was no different. It was an important game and the team was off to a bad start. The umpire definitely had rabbit ears. Mierzwik is about as mild-mannered as they come and he wasn’t saying anything, just trying to get the attention of his catcher. Umpire Barry Sosa was looking for trouble. His ejection of Leal was also quick.

So Mierzwik kicked back in the press box and took in the debacle from there. Cell phones come in handy when one has been ejected.

The coach said it is only the second time in 18 years he has been tossed. The first came many years ago in a game against College of the Desert when he was tossed, along with his pitcher, for supposedly throwing at a hitter in a 5-3 game. So he doesn’t have a track record of bad behavior.

SBVC now faces the formidable task of having to win a doubleheader on the road to have any chance of making the playoffs for the first time in three years.

Local college baseball teams face uphill battle

When it comes to athletics at the collegiate level, none have been put more at a competitive disadvantage than the baseball teams at San Bernardino Valley College and Cal State San Bernardino, neither of whom have a field to call their own.

This is the second year the Wolverines have had to bear the nomad label, treking everywhere from Fiscalini Field to Arrowhead Credit Union Park to the University of Redlands. Yucaipa High School. Cal Baptist. You name the field, they have probably played there.

The team had to abandon its field for games when neighbors started compaining about balls flying into the street which runs behind the outfield fence. It gets worse when balls are flying through windows so it is an understandable complaint.

Athletic director Dave Rubio said the school wants to extend the netting in the left field area to prevent that problem and enable the team to use its field for games. That could be done before the team opens its 2009 season. Let’s hope that is the case. It may be costly. But in the meantime the school is doling out money to rent venues elsewhere – about $1,500 for a day at ACUP. That adds up too.

It is admirable that the Wolverines are in the playoff hunt at all, given the circumstances. Coach Bill Mierzwik said his players have maintained a positive attitude which is also admirable.

Cal State is in much the same boat but it has always been in that boat. But that doesn’t make it easier. The Coyotes have primarily used ACUP and Fiscalini but with SBVC having to use both too, scheduling has been a nightmare.

Coach Don Parnell said the school has an agreement in place, though not formalized, that would result in Fiscalini being the Coyotes primary playing ground. The city would foot the bill for some improvements and employ a fulltime groundskeeper while Cal State would help fund other upgrades including moving the fence back to a more legitimate haul. That would benefit both parties.

Fiscalini is in need of a major facelift as it has been deteriorating for years. A fresh coat of paint would help. And the scoreboard hasn’t work in . . . well. It has been a LONG time!

This is in no way suggesting that athletics are more important than academics. The budget crunch has hit every area of education. But there are benefits to athletics. There are a lot of athletes who have no other options than a local school. Maybe athletics is their only other way to an education.

It is just a matter of all the parties putting their egos aside and figuring out a solution that can benefit everyone.

UCR’s Goetz takes top honors for baseball

The Big West Conference named UC Riverside first baseman Ryan Goetz Big West Co-Player of the Week Monday afternoon.

It is the first career player of the week honor for Goetz who went 6-for-14 with six RBI in this past weekend’s series win over #5 UC Irvine. He shares the award with Long Beach State’s Shane Peterson.

Goetz (Temple City, CA/ Bishop Amat HS) finished the week 10-for-18 (.389) with a double, a triple, and seven RBI. In Saturday’s 5-3 win over UCI, he had two hits and two RBI both coming on a two-run single in UCR’s three-run first inning. Goetz followed that performance with a three-hit and three RBI game the very next day. His RBI single in the sixth gave UCR a 2-1 lead and he later put the Highlanders up for good with a two-out two-run triple in the seventh.

This is the second player of the week award for UCR who had Paul Bargas earn pitcher of the week honors after he beat then #9 Long Beach State earlier this season.

Coyotes Berg earns WWPA accolades

Two-time NCAA Div. II all-American Freyja Berg and freshman goalkeeper Bryanna Burns have been voted to the all-Western Water Polo Association 2008 teams by a vote of the 12 coaches.

Berg earned first-team all-WWPA honors while Burns was named to the all-freshman team.

This is the first year that the WWPA has chosen both an all-association team and an all-tournament team. The latter will be named at the conclusion of the 2008 WWPA championship tournament on Sunday at Loyola Marymount University.

The Coyotes open the tournament as the No. 7 seed and will play UC Santa Cruz in the first round at 11 a.m. on Friday. If they win that match, they advance to the second round to play the host school and No. 2 seed, Loyola Marymount, at 4 p.m.

Berg  is tied for second in the nation in goals scored with 101 this season and her 3.1 goals per match average is No. 3 in the nation behind Amanda Ortiz of Cal State Bakersfield, the WWPA player of the year, and Billy Hoelck of Wagner (N.Y.).

In addition, the senior from Whittier (La Serna HS) has set a new Coyotes team record for career goals with 347, breaking the old career mark set by Sarah Reneker Schweiger at 324.

Berg scored seven goals against NCAA Division I UC Santa Barbara, ranked No. 17 in the nation, last weekend in a 13-12 overtime win by the Coyotes.

Burns has been a force in the cage for the Coyotes in her first year out of Rancho Buena Vista High School in Oceanside. She has 293 saves in 33 matches, averaging 8.9 saves per match, ranking her seventh in the nation, according to statistics compiled by Niall Adler of Long Beach State.

Veronica Campbell of Cal State Bakersfield was named newcomer of the year and Jamey Wright of WWPA leader UC Davis was named coach of the year.

The seedings for the WWPA tournament are: 1. UC Davis; 2. LMU; 3. UCSD; 4. CS Bakersfield; 5. Santa Clara; 6. Sonoma State; 7. COYOTES; 8. Cal State Monterey Bay; 9. Colorado State; 10. UC Santa Cruz; 11. Cal State East Bay; 12. Chapman.



Coyotes gear up for crucial softball series

Cal State San Bernardinos  softball team heads to Turlock for a four-game CCAA softball series against Cal State Stanislaus with the goal of taking the fourth and final spot in the 2008 CCAA conference championship tournament.

The Coyotes are one of three teams with a shot at the fourth spot. UC San Diego and Cal State Dominguez Hills both have a mathematical chance of being the fourth team as well.

The bad news is that CSUSB (15-11) is facing  the second-place Warriors (18-10) while the Tritons (14-14) are playing San Francisco State (12-16) and Dominguez Hills (13-15) is at cellar-dweller Sonoma State (3-23).

In 2007, the Coyotes entered the final weekend of play with a shot at the fourth spot in the conference tournament but wound up fifth behind S.F. State.

            After taking three of four games from Chico State this past weekend, the Coyotes are now 30-26-1 overall, the teams first 30-win season since 2002 when CSUSB won 32 games and narrowly missed a berth in the NCAA West Regional.

            First-place Humboldt State (21-7), a team which split with the Coyotes 2-2 in CCAA play, will host the conference tournament next weekend, the CCAA announced this week, and hosts Chico State (12-16) this weekend in its regular season finale.

            Cal State Stanislaus and Cal State Monterey Bay, which has finished its season at 18-14 after sweeping the Gators last weekend, have also clinched berths in the tourney.

            The Coyotes, picked for seventh in the CCAA in the coaches pre-season poll, is the top team in the CCAA when it comes to offense. CSUSB is batting .312 as a team with 57 home runs and 273 runs batted in 57 games.

            Senior Jordan Dahl (Vacaville) is the team leader in hitting with a .382 average in 57 games and is batting .440 in 26 CCAA games. She has 11 home runs and a team-leading 44 RBIs. She leads the squad in runs scored (48), hits (68),  stolen bases (22), and slugging percentage (.663).

            Freshman center fielder Priscilla Curiel (San Bernardino) is having a solid season, batting .295 overall with 10 home runs and 33 RBI and hitting .351 in CCAA play with eight of her homers and 19 of her RBI coming against conference foes.

            Sophomore Ashley Collinwood is hitting .327 with seven home runs, 13 doubles and 43 RBI. Senior catcher Nicole Camarena is batting .306 with 13 home runs and 35 RBI. Senior Jamie Lowe is batting .337 with three homers and 25 RBI overall and .347 in CCAA games.

            The team is 7-3 over its last 10 games.

Martinez takes Big West honor a third time

The Big West Conference awarded UC Riversides Brenda Martinez her third Womens Track Athlete of Week award this season on Wednesday. Martinez recieves the honor after winning the 800m (2:05.71) and breaking her own school-record in 1500m (4:19.53) while competing at the Mt. SAC Relays this past weekend.

With her sixth place finish in the 1500m, she bettered her NCAA Regional Qualifying mark. This is her third Athlete of the Week honor after picking up the award on March 10th after setting a national-best 5000m time and picked up the award on April 10th after breaking the 1500m school-record, the first time this season.

Next up for the Highlanders are the Drake Relays in Des Moines, IA on Thursday and Friday.