Cajon High School graduate Chelsea Ponce put her name in the record book at UC Riverside, pitching the first no-hitter in school history since the Highlander moved to NCAA Division I.
She walked one and struck out five as the Highlanders blanked Bethune-Cookman (Fla.) 7-0. She faced three batters over the minimum. In addition to the one walk, two runners reached on errors.
Two of the base runners against her came in the seventh inning but she got out of the jam with the shutout in tact.
On the season Ponce boasts an impressive mark of 20-3 with a 1.11 earned run averages. She has 116 strikeouts, 86 hits and 22 earned runs allowed in 141 innings.
The junior is coming off a red-shirt season after spending her first two collegiate seasons at Riverside Community College.
Sophomore goalkeeper Ahsha Earwood of Pomona-Pitzer is this week’s SCIAC Female Athlete of the Week (all sports).
She helped the Sagehens to a 4-0 finish at the Convergence Tournament, two of those wins coming in overtime. She allowed only five goals per game over the four matches, including nine saves in an 11-3 win over Fresno Pacific and 11 in a 9-8 overtime win over No. 19 UC San Diego on Friday, then 11 more in a 7-5 overtime win over George Washington and 13 in a 10-4 win over CSU Monterey Bay on Saturday.
Earwood did not allow a goal in either overtime (12 total minutes), and broke up a pass to an open player in front of the net on the final possession of the game by UC San Diego. That save helped the Sagehens hold on for their first-ever win over the Tritons, who were 12-0 in the series all-time, including a win in an NCAA Play-In match last year, and a second round NCAA Tournament game in 2013.
Former Mt. SAC women’s basketball coach Laura Beeman, now heading the University of Hawaii program, has been named Big West Coach of the Year.
Beeman, a graduate of Cal State San Bernardino, just finished her third year at Hawaii and led the team to a regular season conference title. The team went 22-7 and heads into the postseason with a 14-game win streak, the longest of her tenure and the school’s longest since a 19-game during the 1997-98 season.
Rialto graduate Jenae Sharpe of Cal State Northridge earned Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second straight year.
UC Riverside’s Brittany Crain is the Player of the Year,