Brenden Farney went on a salary drive of sorts to complete his junior season with the University of California baseball team.
The Vacaville High graduate, who also played three years at Fairfield High, batted .538 (7 for 13) in the Bears’ final four games of the season to push his batting average from .283 to a team-leading .308 at season’s end.
Farney had at least one hit in each game the final week of the season for Cal (26-27, 13-17 Pac-12), going 2 for 4 in a 12-4 win over San Francisco, 2 for 2 in a 6-0 win over Oregon and 2 for 4 in season-ending 5-3 win over the Ducks, getting a double in each of the three games.
Farney, who played on the infield and also spent time as designated hitter, tied for the team lead with a .356 on-base percentage and had nearly half of his seven doubles the final week of the season.
Jordan Haseltine (Wood) didn’t get into the season-ending loss to Cal for USF (25-29, 11-16 WCC). The left-handed pitcher got into 11 games with one start, going 0-1 with a 6.17 earned run average in 11 2-3 innings. He surrendered 10 hits and nine walks with five strikeouts.
Santa Clara (26-30) went 0-2 in the West Coast Conference tournament to end its season, falling 5-2 to Pepperdine and 8-6 to Gonzaga. C.J. Jacobe (Vacaville) didn’t get into either contest and saw action in 25 games, 13 of them starts, finishing with a .158 average with one double and four RBIs.
After spending most of his time on the infield, the last appearance of the season for Juliene Jones (Vanden) was a relief pitcher for Hawaii (22-31, 6-18 Big West) in an 8-6 loss to UC Riverside. Jones was the tough-luck loser, giving up two hits and two unearned runs in three innings of work to fall to 0-2 on the season.
Jones made 15 appearances on the mound, all in relief, finishing with an 0-2 record and a 3.93 ERA, tying for the team lead with three saves. In 18 1-3 innings he gave up 16 hits and six walks with 12 strikeouts. Overall, he got into 37 games, 35 as a starter, batting .189 with two doubles and 13 RBIs.
The Chico State women’s 4×100-meter relay team, of which Aja Erskine (Rodriguez) is a part, missed qualifying for the NCAA Division II finals by one spot. The foursome, which also included Kasey Barnett, Ashley Jones and Amilia Santos, was 10th overall and fifth in the first heat in 47.32 seconds, ending up .55 of a second shy ninth place, the last spot to qualify.
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