SBVC baseball team to play for Foothill Conference title

VIDEO: SBVC coach Bill Mierzwik talks about win over Chaffey and going head to head with Rio Hondo for conference title.

The San Bernardino Valley College baseball team (21-12, 17-4)  will play for a third straight Foothill Conference this week when it goes head-to-head this week with Rio Hondo (25-8, 17-4) with whom it is tied. It is a three-game series so there will be no shared first place.

The teams will play at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at San Bernardino Valley, then again at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday at Rio Hondo. The final game would be on Friday at SBVC.

Wolverines coach Bill Mierzwik says sophomore right-hander Nick Przybylek (8-2, 2.22) will be on the mound for today’s game.

Sophomore right-hander Brandon Conlin (3-5, 3.68) has been going the second game and freshman left-hander Sam Fitzgerald (4-0, 3.97) the third.

Mierzwik is leaning toward keeping that the same although it could change of Conlin is needed out of the bullpen today.

Key offensive players include sophomore first baseman Aaron Cisneros (.339, 11 HR, 36 RBI), freshman second baseman Jonathan McCray (.355) and freshman outfielder Austin Berglund (.376).

Last year the teams were part of a three-way tie for first that also included Chaffey.

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Pomona-Pitzer water polo player is best on the week

Senior water polo standout Alyssa Woodward of Pomona-Pitzer has been named SCIAC Female Athlete of the Week, helping the Sagehens to 1 3-0 showing on the week.

Woodward played in her final two regular season home matches at Haldeman Pool and scored a combined 11 goals. She had five in a narrow 14-10 win over Azusa Pacific on Wednesday in a game in which the Sagehens trailed in the third quarter before pulling away late.

Then, after being honored on her Senior Day, she notched a new career high with six goals in a 15-5 win over La Verne to help Pomona-Pitzer stay undefeated in the SCIAC. 

In addition to her big week, she also crossed an impressive career milestone by scoring the 300th goal of her career in the win over Azusa Pacific, which came on a penalty shot after she drew a foul inside of five meters in the second quarter.

 A three-time first-team Division III All-American, Woodward had 79 goals as a freshman, 88 as a sophomore, 86 as a junior and now has 55 so far this season for a career total of 308. 


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Cal State San Bernardino’s Warren Fishback is best of the week

Warren Fishback

Cal State San Bernardino senior Warren Fishback has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association Baseball Player of the Week for Apr. 6-12.

The Rancho Cucamonga High School graduate helped the Coyotes take three of four games against San Francisco State the past weekend.

Fishback hit .692 and recorded a 1.231 slugging percentage after going nine-for-13 with six runs scored, four doubles, one homerun, and seven RBI in four contests.

He was outstanding in Friday’s 9-5 series-opening win, connecting for four hits, three of which were for extra bases. The following afternoon he totaled two more extra-base hits, a double and a home run, to help CSUSB to a 12-5 blowout in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader.

Defensively, the infielder was perfect with 46 putouts and three assists.

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