Coyotes challenging at 20-team golf tournament

The Cal State San Bernardino golf team is second after two rounds of play at the 20-team Hanny Stanislaus Tournament at the Turlock Country Club.

The Coyotes have a 36-hole total of 587, four strokes behind Cal State Stanislaus. Cal State Monterey Bay is right behind the Coyotes at 588.
Cal State San Bernardino’s Kenny Pigman is the individual leader with rounds of 67 and 68 for 135. That’s four strokes better than Teddy Schrier of Cal State Stanislaus.
Also representing the Coyotes are Kevin Bateman ( 149), Garrett Howard (153), Todd Sakamoto (155) and Diego Alacron (160).

Cal State’s Silvas named player of the week

Cal State San Bernardino outfielder David Silvas is this week’s Wilson/California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Baseball Player of the Week for his showing in games April 4-10.

Silvas, a junior from Moreno Valley, led the Coyotes’ offense during a four-game series split at nationally-ranked Chico State. He hit .400 (6-for-15) with three runs scored, three doubles and three RBI, while recording a .600 slugging and .471 on-base percentage.

On the season he his batting .33 with 11 doubles, two home runs, 18 RBI and 19 runs scored.

Cal State San Bernardino will host local rival Cal Poly Pomona in the opener of a four-game series at 3 p.m. on Thursday at Fiscalini Field.

Pomona-Pitzer-Redlands game lives up to expectations

The SCIAC baseball race just a got a whole lot closer.

Not only did Pomona-Pitzer defeated Redlands 4-2, but Claremont-Mudd-Scripps upset University of La Verne 7-6. So now the four teams are separated by just two games. Redlands and La Verne remain tied for first with Pomona-Pizter one gane out and CMS two out,

The Bulldogs and Sagehens played one of the best games I have seen since I started covering colleges full-time in 2004. It was a great pitching matchup with Pomona’s David Colvin opposed by Redlands’s Derek Johnson.

The Bulldogs got to Colvin early and were up 2-0. But they didn’t maximize their opportunities. Twice they had runners at third with one out and couldn’t get another run home. They had a runner gunned down at the plate trying to score on fly ball to shallow right.

The Redlands defense was nothing short of spectacular in the first six innings, making several highlight-reel plays. They had two in the fifth, the first coming when shortstop Chase Tucker leaped as high as humanly possible to come down with a line drive off the bat of Nick Gentili that appeared headed into left field.

One batter later Teddy Bingham hit a line drive to second that was nabbed by Cameron Lowe who threw to first to double up a runner there.

The Sagehens fimally broke through with one in the seventh, then manufactured three in the eighth. There were four hits and a walk in the inning. A double down the left field line by Kyle Pokorney tied the game at 2 and a single by Timonthy Novum snapped the tie.

It was a little bit of redemption for Johnson, although his team came out on the losing end. The last time he was on the mound against the Sagehens he gave up seven hits and six runs and lasted two innings in a game that was pivotal down the stretch last year.

Colvin was Mr. Steady. In the games I have witnessed this season he seems to give up a couple early, but the later it gets, the tougher he gets. Get to him early or you won’t get to him at all.

This race is going to go down to the final game!





Redlands, Pomona-Pitzer series to start with great matchup

The baseball teams from University of Redlands and Pomona-Pitzer will square off in a three-game series that starts on Friday. As usual the SCIAC will probably go down to the final game and both teams are in the mix so this is a huge series.

Redlands (20-7, 14-4) and La Verne (19-10, 14-4) are tied for first with the defending champion Sagehens (22-7, 12-6) in striking distance.

The pitching matchup doesn’t get much better than this. The 3 p.m. game on Friday at Pomona-Pitzer will pit a pair of seniors in Derek Johnson (9-0, 2.10) of the Bulldogs and David Colvin (6-1, 3.18) of the Sagehens – probably the best two pitchers in the conference.

No doubt Johnson will want to make up for his showing in the game between the team’s last season when he gave up seven hits and six earned runs in a 14-5 loss. He hasn’t been hit that hard by anyone in his four years.

Both pitchers did face the other team in the ealier earlier series although they didn’t take the mound in the same game. Johnson went the distance and earned the win in that one but like all competitors, he’s likely to remember the last one because it was part of a six-game losing streak that cost the Bulldogs the conference title. 

The teams will play a doubleheader at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Redlands. Kyle Hart and Adam Byrd will be the starters forthe Bulldogs. The Sagehens have some options with some pitchers now getting healthy. Travis Rooke-Ley will get the ball in one of those.


SBVC soccer player decides on four-year school

San Bernardino Valley College soccer standout Antonio Salazar has signed a letter of intent with University of Maine at Machias.
Salazar, a product of Fontana High School, was an honorable mention All-Foothill Conference selection for his freshman year, the 2009 season.

University of Maine at Machias is located in the town of Machias, about 30 miles southwest of the U.S./Canada border and about 325 miles northeast of Boston. The team went 8-10-1 overall and 7-4 in conference play. UMM is in the Sunrise Conference of the NAIA.

Cal Poly Pomona player honored nationally

Junior catcher Jenzen Torres of the Cal Poly Pomona baseball team has been named NCAA Division II National Player of the Week.

The award is released through the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association (NCBWA). Slippery Rock sophomore left-hander Joby Lapkowicz earned the National Pitcher of the Week honor after throwing a no-hitter on Sunday.

Torres led the Broncos’ offense during a series win over Cal State East Bay. In four games, he batted .462 (6-for-13) with five runs scored, four home runs and 13 runs batted in while registering a 1.365 slugging percentage and getting on base at a .588 clip.

The Valencia, native, who accounted for 18 of CPP’s 42 runs scored in the series, hit safely and scored at least one run in three of the four games. In the series opener, a 19-3 win for the Broncos, Torres went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a pair of home runs and career-high six RBIs. That total of 19 scores was the highest amount in program history since 2002.

The CPP squad returns to action this weekend with a four-game road series at San Francisco State. The series opener will start at 3 p.m. Friday.

Cal Poly Pomona to honor women’s basketball team

Cal Poly Pomona will hold a rally to honor the women’s basketball team which advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.

Festivities are scheduled for noon on Thursday in Center Court of the Bronco Student Center. It is open to the public free of charge. It will be similar to the one held last year to honor the men’s team after it brought home a national championship.

Coach Danelle Bishop and the players will be introduced with a chosen few addressing the crowd.

The Broncos advanced to the national tournament last month for the first time since 2002. They were second in the CCAA in the regular season but won the conference tournament and the NCAA Division II West Regional.