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College Notebook: Brasher bashing the ball for Bellevue Bruins

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Former SCC baseball player Aaron Brasher has gotten into 40 games for Bellevue University this season and is batting .322. (Courtesy photo)

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From page B7 | May 02, 2014 |

Even without the first of Bellevue University’s four games with Central Baptist, it would’ve still been a good week for Aaron Brasher and the Bruins.

That first game made it a great week as the former Solano Community College catcher went 5 for 5 with a double in a 10-3 victory. Bellevue (34-13-2, 18-6 MCAC) won the later three games to make it a sweep, giving them 12 straight wins, with Brasher batting .615 average (8 for 13) for the week.

The junior catcher has gotten into 40 games and is batting .322 and his .447 on-base percentage ranks second among regulars.

Sonoma State (25-12, 22-6) took over first place in the CCAA by sweeping four games from Cal State Stanislaus. Alex Crosby (Wood, Solano) batted .250 (3 for 12) over the first three games with Anthony Pezzola (Solano) pitching 1 1-3 scoreless relief innings in the fourth.

Brenden Farney (Fairfield, Vacaville) had a run-scoring single as part of a three-run 10th inning to help California (18-21, 7-11 Pac-12) topped rival Stanford 7-4. The Golden Bears took two of three from the Cardinal and spilt four games overall as Farney went 3 for 15.

Culver-Stockton (25-24, 16-10 HAAC) lost four of seven games during the week with Gene Nanney (Rodriguez, Solano) hitting .316 (6 for 19) with a double, two runs and two RBIs.

Matthew Burks (Wood) continued his sizzling hitting for Eastern New Mexico (24-23, 13-19 LSC) by batting .625 (10 for 16) with seven runs, five RBIs and his ninth and 10th home runs. The Greyhounds went 2-2 for the week with Sam Hedrick (Rodriguez) going 3 for 12 with five runs scored and Mark Foley (Wood) 2 for 4.

Juliene Jones (Vanden) had a tough week at the plate and on the mound for Hawaii (15-25, 3-12 Big West), going 1 for 8 and taking the defeat in relief of 1-0, 10-inning loss to Cal State Fullerton – on an unearned run.

Cal State Monterey Bay (20-26, 15-21 CCAA) swept a four-game series from Cal State San Bernardino with A.J. Quintero (Vacaville) getting the win in the first game, an 8-2 triumph, by going the final eight innings in relief, allowing six hits, two runs (none earned) and two walks with nine strikeouts.

Domenick Romero (Rodriguez) was 2 for 3 with three RBIs to help Friends (33-21, 14-12 KCAC) get by Kansas Wesleyan 13-6. The rest of the week didn’t go so well as the Falcons were 2-3 overall with Romero batting .250 (4 for 16) with five runs and four RBIs.

East Center (26-23, 14-16 GPAC) dropped three of four with Nick Spini (Armijo Solano) batting .250 (4 for 16) with six runs, two RBIs and a triple.

Tyler Stover (Vacaville) was just 1 for 8, but helped his on-base percentage by walking twice and getting hit by a pitch. The freshman also got to take the mound for Kansas State (23-22, 4-11 Big 12) as the second of five pitchers in a 13-0 nonconference pummeling of Cal State Bakersfield, throwing a scoreless inning.

Texas Southern (21-25, 12-7 SWAC) won three of five with Zach Welz (Solano) hitting .294 (5 for 17) with a four runs, three RBIs, four stolen bases and a sacrifice fly.

Ricco Walker (Vanden) was 0-3 in two games for Minot State (15-21 NSIC), which won five of six.

Softball

Jordan Wallace (Fairfield) was solid in an otherwise bad week for California (23-23, 4-12 Pac-12). The former Falcons started the scoring with a two-run double and ended the game with another run-scoring hit in an 8-0 mercy rule win over Sacramento State. She hit .444 (4 for 9) with a home run (her fifth) and five RBIs for the week, which included being swept in a three-game series by UCLA.

Cheyenne Cordes (Rodriguez) was 4 for 14 for Cal with her 13th home run in the win over Sacramento State.

Pac-12 play wasn’t kind to Oregon State as the Beavers (13-29, 3-16) dropped all three games to Washington. Kiara “Ya” Garcia (Rodriguez) was 0 for 5 with a sacrifice fly.

UC Santa Barbara took two of three from Hawaii with Andriana Collins (Rodriguez) pitching three innings of relief in the loss, allowing four hits, two runs and two walks with one strikeout.

Alexis Konstantinopoulos (Armijo) made an appearance for Saint Mary’s (22-22, 8-4 WCC) in a 1-0 win over Santa Clara. The Gaels swept the Broncos in a three-game series.

Rutgers (25-16, 8-7 AAC) went 4-0 and Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville) had a hand in three of the victories. After pitching the final inning in a 13-3 thumping of St. John’s, Landrith fired a two-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over Connecticut, striking out seven and improving her record to 14-7. She made another appearance against the Huskies, getting a no-decisions after pitching six innings, allowing seven hits and three runs while striking out nine. The Scarlet Knights tied it with a Carly Todd solo homer in the bottom of the seventh and won it 7-3 with a Todd grand slam in the eighth.

Idaho State (30-16, 10-3) moved into first place in the Big Sky Conference by taking two from Southern Utah. Gabby Lopez (Rodriguez) went 0 for 1 as a pinch hitter.

Dana Manibusan (Solano) batted .321 (9 for 28) with seven runs scored and a triple, but Hastings (23-20, 12-8 GPAC) could only manage a 4-4 record for the week.

A week removed from being the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week, Rochelle Roberts (Vanden) continued to shine, at least on the bases. She slumped to .190 at the plate, but stole five bases to give her 18 for the season.

Calesha Shelley (Armijo) likewise used her speed – and her batting eye – to have a good week for Bethune-Cookman. She hit .429 (6 for 14) with five runs, two RBIs a double, triple and four stolen bases, giving her 18 for the season. She also walked five times to give her a .579 on-base percentage.

Saint Andrews (18-25) made a nifty run in the Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament, opening with two wins before being eliminated with a pair of losses. Autumn Price (Wood, Solano) was 1 for 7 in the tournament with a run scored. She finished the season with a .167 batting average, starting 36 of the 37 games in which she played, leading the team with seven sacrifices and tied for the top spot by getting hit by four pitches.

Brandy Takeda (Wood, Solano) was 0 for 3 with a sacrifice as Graceland (9-27, 6-12, HAAC) dropped two games to Evangel.

Competing in the Sooner Athletic Conference means playing a lot of games and for Oklahoma Baptist that means a lot of wins. The Bison (41-14, 26-6 SAC) notched just their second 40-win season and first since 2002 with Hannah Wilbur (Solano) having a hand in more than half. The senior pitcher improved to 22-4 on the season by going 3-1 as OBU won seven of eight games last week. Wilbur pitched 24 innings, allowing 16 hits, nine runs (seven earned) and two walks, while striking out 39.

Courtney Williams (Solano) made the most of her season debut for Kansas Wesleyan (34-7, 14-3 KCAC), blasting a pinch hit grand slam in a 19-0 bouncing of Bethel.

Track and field

Competing in the Brutus Hamilton Invitational at UC Berkeley, UC Davis’ Leslie Reed (Fairfield resident) was second in the women’s 100-meter dash (11.92 seconds) and fifth in the 200 (24.41).

Reach Paul Farmer at 425-4646, ext. 264, or pfarmer@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pfarmerdr.

Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer is a 1985 graduate of Brigham Young University. The Suisun City resident has been with the Daily Republic Sports Department since 1989 and has served as sports editor since 2007. He and his wife Jackie have four children.
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