Senior pitcher Kayla Uphold of the No. 7 University of Redlands softball team garnered Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Female Athlete of the Week honors.
Uphold, a native of Fontana, stepped up in a big way for the Bulldogs, helping Redlands to a 4-0 week with doubleheader sweeps of Cal Lutheran and No. 21 Chapman to remain in first place.
She threw 23 innings without giving up a run en route to three shut-out victories. The final game of the week was a 3-0 triumph in 10 innings, during which she went the distance.
Uphold held opponents to a .185 average, struck out nine, and walked only two. Uphold also helped herself from the plate, ranking second on the team for the pair of twin bills with a .417 average on a 5-for-12 effort.
She leads the SCIAC with an ERA of 1.08 while tying for the most number of wins at 20.
Junior Samantha Swanson of Cal Poly Pomona is this week’s CCAA Women’s Track Athlete of the Week for April 8-14.
Swanson put together a strong showing in the hammer throw Saturday at the Pomona Pitzer Invitational in Claremont.
She recorded a second-place distance of 164-0 to match the “B” provisional qualifying standard while improving on the program’s all-time second-best mark she set earlier this season. Swanson also took fourth in the discus Saturday, posting a 139-6 mark.
Among CCAA athletes, she ranks within the top 10 for three different events this season. Swanson owns the top hammer throw mark at 164-0, the second-best discus distance at 144-7 and the eighth-best shot mark of 36-9.5.
Swanson and the Broncos will return to action later this week with six student-athletes competing at the Mt. SAC Relays and the rest of the team heading to the Bryan Clay Invitational Friday at Azusa Pacific.
CCAA Women’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week
Feb. 18 – 24: Jessica Miklaski (UC San Diego); Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Robin Hannah (Chico State); Mar. 4 – 10: Aimee Rodgers (Chico State); Mar. 11 – 17: Tiana Wills (San Francisco State); Mar. 18 – 24: Kasey Barnett (Chico State); Mar. 25 – 31: Angela Garcia (Cal Poly Pomona)’ Apr. 1 – 7: Samantha Gutierrez (Cal State L.A.); Apr. 8 – 14: Samantha Swanson (Cal Poly Pomona)
CCAA Men’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week
Feb. 18 – 24: Zach Nagengast (UC San Diego); Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: J P Smith (Chico State); Mar. 4 – 10: Nash Howe (UC San Diego); Mar. 11 – 17: Connor Birtwhistle (Cal Poly Pomona); Mar. 18 – 24: Dawson Vorderbruegge (Cal State Stanislaus); Mar. 25 – 31: Isaac Chavez (Chico State); Apr. 1 –7: Dameion Berry-Smith (Cal State L.A.); Apr. 8 – 14: Daniel Parker (Chico State)
Cal Poly Pomona senior left-hander Ryan Dunn has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Pitcher of the Week for the week for April 8-14.
The Chino Hills High School product tossed seven scoreless innings Saturday, leading the Broncos to a 1-0 win over first-place Chico State to snap the Wildcats’ 15-game win streak. The Wildcats are ranked third nationally at the Division II level.
After allowing four runs in the first week of the season, Dunn (4-1) has given up just four scores since then. His earned run average has dipped to 1.50, ranking fifth among CCAA pitchers. Dunn finished with six strikeouts Saturday, the second-highest total for him in 2013.
Rawlings/CCAA Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 1 – 3: Ryan Goodbrand (UC San Diego); Feb. 4 – 10: Troy Neiman (Chico State); Feb. 11 – 17: Ryan Goodbrand (UC San Diego); Feb. 18 – 24: Sean Becker (Cal State East Bay); Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Jordan Sechler (Cal State L.A.); Mar. 4 – 10: Sean Becker (Cal State East Bay); Mar. 11 – 17: Andrew Graham (Cal State Stanislaus); Mar. 18 – 24: Harmen Sidhu (Sonoma State); Mar. 25 – 31: David Armas (Cal State L.A.); Apr. 1 – 7: Ruben Rios (Cal State San Bernardino); Apr. 8 – 14: Ryan Dunn (Cal Poly Pomona).
Cajon High school graduate Layshia Clarendon, who led the Cal Golden Bears to the Final Four, was chosen in the first round of the WNBA draft by the Indiana Fever.
Indiana had the No. 9 selection, picking one spot ahead of the Los Angeles Sparks.
Clarendon, a 5-foot-9 wing, was projected to go in the middle to late first round. Her stock rose considerably with Cal’s postseason run. She averaged 16.4 points in the season, but 21.2 points in Cal’s five NCAA Tournament games.
Clarendon propelled Cal to a 32-4 mark which included its first ever Pac 12 regular season title as well as the first Final Four appearance.
She is only the second player from the county to be drafted in the first round of the WNBA and the first since Diana Taurasi was picked first overall by Phoenix in 2004.
Cal State San Bernardino’s Alyssa Flores has been named the Worth/California Collegiate Athletic Association Softball Player of the Week for Apr. 8-14. The Fontana native helped the Coyotes in earning a four-game series sweep over Chico State.
Flores led her team with a .636 average and a .909 slugging percentage, after hitting 7-for-11 with three doubles. She also added a run, five RBI, and three walks to her overall offensive performance.
She connected for two hits and a double in three-of-four games played.
Defensively, the senior infielder was perfect through four starts with 13 putouts and 9 assists.
|Worth/CCAA Softball Player of the Week
|Feb. 1 – 3: Nicole Spangler (UC San Diego);
|Feb. 4 – 10: Adriana Sanchez (Cal State Dominguez Hills)
|Feb. 11 – 17: Ali Palermo (Sonoma State)
|Feb. 18 – 24: Jamie Leffingwell (Cal State San Bernardino)
|Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Ancia Purdy (Sonoma State)
|Mar. 4 – 10: Holli Brown (Sonoma State)
|Mar. 11 – 17: Chrissy Stalf (Humboldt State)
|Mar. 18 – 24: Chrissy Stalf (Humboldt State)
|Mar. 25 – 31: Megan Konieczka (Sonoma State)
|Apr. 1 – 7: Ali Palermo (Sonoma State)
|Apr. 8 – 14: Alyssa Flores (Cal State San Bernardino)
University of La Verne baseball coach Scott Winterburn picked up his 300th win when the Leopards (19-12, 13-8) defeated Occidental 6-5 in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader in Eagle Rock.
Winterburn, who took over the program in 2001, is the second-winningest coach in program history behind Ben Hines (1960-80), who posted 591 victories in his 21 seasons.
During his tenure at La Verne, Winterburn has captured four conference titles, those coming in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2012.
His 200th career win came during the 2009 season.
His mark at the school is 300-212-1. His record, including the 2000 season at Azusa Pacific stands at 329-231-2.
La Verne’s title in 2012 was the 20th in program history.
The University of Redlands softball team moved up to No. 7 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III Poll. Redlands (27-7) remains the highest of three Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) programs to be included among the nation’s top 25.
The strength of the conference in the sport is apparent with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (22-10) and Chapman (22-8) also making the cut at No. 18 and 21 respectively.
The Bulldogs have six games left – doubleheaders against Cal Lutheran, Chapman and CMS. And CMS also has a doubleheader with Chapman. So all the contenders are playing each other.
Of course the regular season is just for bragging rights. It is the four-team SCIAC tournament that decides the automatic qualifier. But the conference does have a good history of advancing a second, and even a third team.
This year all three of those teams should advance to regional play.
Yucaipa High School graduate Grady Espinosa of San Francisco State has been named the Rawlings/California Collegiate Athletic Association Baseball Player of the Week for Apr. 1-7.
The junior led the Gators to a four-game series spit, with wins on Friday and Sunday at UC San Diego.
Espinosa compiled a .526 average and a .789 slugging percentage after hitting 10-for-18 with three doubles and a triple. He also scored eight runs while batting in three runs
His weekend performance was highlighted in the Gators’ 11-3 series finale win. Espinosa recorded a career day after hitting four-for-six with two doubles, three runs scored, and two RBI.
He leads the Gators this season with his .357 batting average, 50 hits, 25 runs scored, 10 doubles, two triples, 18 runs batted in, 67 total bases, 13 stolen bases, .479 slugging and .408 on-base percentages.
|Rawlings/CCAA Baseball Player of the Week
|Feb. 1 – 3: David Gacia (Cal State Monterey Bay)
|Feb. 4 – 10: Cody Doyle (Cal State L.A.)
|Feb. 11 – 17: Manny Acosta (Cal State L.A.)
|Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Kyle Zozaya (Cal State East Bay)
|Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Kevin Logan (Cal State Dominguez Hills)
|Mar. 4 – 10: Jordan Whitman (Cal Poly Pomona)
|Mar. 11 – 17: Garrett Schwartz (Sonoma State)
|Mar. 18 – 24: Charlie Sharrer (Cal State East Bay)
|Mar. 25 – 31: James Wharton (Cal State L.A.)
|Apr. 1 – 7: Grady Espinosa (San Francisco State)
It has been a tough season for the Cal State San Bernardino baseball team.
The Coyotes suffered a tough 2-1 13-inning loss to No. 5 Chico State on Saturday but sophomore right-hander Ruben Rios was spectacular. He was named Rawlings/California Collegiate Athletic Association Baseball Pitcher of the Week for the week of Apr. 1-7
In seven innings of work Rios, a graduate of Cajon High School, allowed just one hit and a walk, while striking out eight Wildcat batters.
|Rawlings/CCAA Baseball Pitcher of the Week
|Feb. 1 – 3: Ryan Goodbrand (UC San Diego)
|Feb. 4 – 10: Troy Neiman (Chico State)
|Feb. 11 – 17: Ryan Goodbrand (UC San Diego)
|Feb. 18 – 24: Sean Becker (Cal State East Bay)
|Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Jordan Sechler (Cal State L.A.)
|Mar. 4 – 10: Sean Becker (Cal State East Bay)
|Mar. 11 – 17: Andrew Graham (Cal State Stanislaus)
|Mar. 18 – 24: Harmen Sidhu (Sonoma State)
|Mar. 25 – 31: David Armas (Cal State L.A.)
|Apr. 1 – 7: Ruben Rios (Cal State San Bernardino)
It’s unfortunate that arguably the best softball player in CaI State San Bernardino history has to have her career end in such an undignified manner.
Senior infielder Britney Butler, the school’s career leader in home runs, became academically ineligible at the end of the quarter which ends her collegiate career.
Butler, a Riverside Poly graduate, hit .512 with five doubles, two triples, five home runs, 22 RBI and 29 runs scored. She had an on-base percentage of .533 and a slugging percentage of .798.
Her 43 home runs are a career record. She also ranks first in runs scored (142), second in RBI (136), third in batting average (.375), third in stolen bases (51), third in walks (80) and fourth in hits (197).
She had earned All-CCAA honors three previous years but being ineligible will likely cost her a fourth such honor.