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College notebook: Hedrick has great game in bad week for Greyhounds

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The Eastern New Mexico baseball team won just one of four games last week, but Sam Hedrick helped make it happen.

The Rodriguez High graduate went 4 for 4 with a triple, a run scored and an RBI as the Greyhounds (11-5) edged Tarelton State 10-9. ENMU dropped the other three games in the series, during which Hedrick batted .538 (7 for 13) with three runs and four RBIs, two on sacrifice flies.

As third baseman for the Greyhounds, Hedrick has started all 16 games and is batting .339 and leads the team with two triples, six stolen bases and in being hit by three pitches. He’s second with 14 runs, third with 12 RBIs and has a .400 on-base percentage.

Brenden Farney (Fairfield, Vacaville) played in just one game for California (6-2) last week but made it count, getting a double and two RBIs in a 5-3 win over Baylor in the University of San Diego tournament.

Santa Clara (6-6) went 1-2 in the College Baseball Classic in Surprise, Ariz., with C.J. Jacobe (Vacaville) going 1 for 3 in the tournament.

Juliene Jones (Vanden) continued his hot hitting for Hawaii (6-6), batting .313 (5 for 16 with a double, stolen base and two RBIs as the Rainbow Warriors split four games with Pepperdine.

A.J. Quintero (Vacaville) continues to struggle as a starter for Cal State Monterey Bay, giving up eight hits and seven runs (three earned) over 4 2-3 innings in a 14-2 loss to Chico State. The Otters (6-13, 3-9 CCAA) dropped three of four to the Wildcats.

Friends (11-5) took two games each from Missouri Valley and Nebraska Wesleyan with Domenick Romero (Rodriguez) going 3 for 12 with two runs and three RBIs in that span.

Tyler Stover (Vacaville) went 0 for 4 as Kansas State won all three of its games in the Bourland-Adroin Classic in Abilene, Texas.

You know it’s a tough week when your only RBI comes after you’re hit by a pitch. That happened to Nick Spini (Armijo, Solano), who plated a run the hard way for East Central (8-9) in a 9-1 thumping of Arkansas Tech. The Tigers took two of three in the series with Spini going 1 for 11.

Texas Southern (5-9) went 3-2 for the week and Zack Welz (Solano) got into just the last two games, but made the most of his time. The former Falcon went 2 for 4 in both contests – a 7-5 loss to and 10-0 victory over Grambling State with a double in the former, a two-run single in the latter.

Aaron Brasher (Solano) was 1 for 8 for the week as Bellevue (5-5) went 3-0.

Softball

California (7-7) managed to get in just one game, a 3-2 loss to Loyola of Chicago in eight innings, in the Mizuno Invitational at Riverside, but the city of Fairfield was well represented for the Bears. Cheyenne Cordes (Rodriguez) led off the game with a solo home run and went 2 for 3, while Jordan Wallace (Fairfield) ripped a solo shot in the fifth to account for both runs and all three hits for Cal.

UC Riverside went 3-1 in the same tournament with Marissa Escalante (Rodriguez) going 1 for 8 for the Highlanders (9-9).

Andriana Collins (Rodriguez) continued her string of solid outings by picking up a pair of victories for UC Santa Barbara (11-5) in the Louisville Slugger Invitational at Long Beach. The Gauchos scored four runs in the top of the seventh to pull out a 6-4 win over Nevada with Collins throwing 1 1-3 innings in relief to get the win.

The left-hander then went the first three innings of a 7-0 shutout of Utah Valley to improve to 4-1 on the season. The only bump in her week was giving up five hits and four runs (three earned) in three relief innings of a 10-1 loss to Northwestern.

Oregon State (6-11) had four games rained out in the same tournament but in a 5-2 loss to Cal State Fullerton Kiara “Ya” Garcia (Rodriguez) hit a double.

In a tournament at Cal State Northridge, Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville) struck out 11 and allowed just four hits as Rutgers (5-6) was blanked 2-0 by Portland State.

Gabby Lopez (Rodriguez) had pinch hits in back-to-back games, including a run-scoring triple in the latter, as Idaho State (9-7) went 3-2 in the New Mexico Invitational at Albuquerque. Lopez went 2 for 7 for the week.

Autumn Price (Wood, Solano) had a tough time (1 for 11) in an otherwise solid week for St. Andrews (6-10), which won 3 of 4, scoring two in the seventh to beat Coker 7-6 in nine innings.

Louisiana-Monroe (13-7) dropped three of four in the Texas Tournament in Austin as Rochelle Roberts (Vanden) was 1 for 8 with two runs scored, both in an 11-10 victory over Texas Southern.

Calesha Shelley (Armijo) batted .333 (7 for 21) with five runs scored and three stolen bases as Bethune Cookman (5-13) went 4-2 for the week and 3-1 in the Florida Gulf Coast Tournament in Fort Myers, Fla.

Graceland (1-7) was outscored 56-5 in going 0-4 as Brandy Takeda (Wood, Solano) went 0 for 7, but scored one of the Yellowjackets’ runs.

Hannah Wilbur (Solano) tossed a two-hit shutout and struck out eight with one walk as Oklahoma Baptist (8-5) downed Southwestern Assemblies of God 11-0 as part of a four-game sweep. She also threw two innings of scoreless relief in a 5-1 victory.

Track

Bryce Houston (Rodriguez) was part of the ninth-place 4×400-yard relay team (3 minutes, 14.91 seconds) for Arizona and was also 21st in the 200 (22.21) and 14th in the 400 (48.61) as the Wildcats were fifth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Seattle.

Arrielle Holzendorf (Fairfield) helped Sacramento State finish fourth in the Big Sky Indoor championships at Pocatello, Idaho, leading off for the winning 4×400 relay team (3:43.27) and finishing 13th in the 400 (57.25).

Running for Chico State in the Kim Duyst Invitational at Cal State Stanislaus of Turlock, Aja Erskine (Rodriguez) won the women’s 400 in 58.45, the only runner to break one minute, ran the third leg for the winning 4×100 relay (47.79), ran the leadoff leg for the runner-up 4×400 team (4:00.16) and was sixth in the 200 (26.48).

Also competing for the Wildcats were Emily Denton (Vacaville) in the 100 hurdles (fourth, 17.01), sixth 400 hurdles (sixth, 1:10.11) and in the 4×400 relay (ninth, 4:09.72), and Taylor Graves (Wood) in the 100 hurdles (seventh, 17.84).

Women’s basketball

Renique Fitzpatrick (Armijo) closed out a stellar career with Holy Names by turning in her 11th and 12th double-double of the season and fifth straight in losses to BYU-Hawaii (75-71) and Azusa Pacific (72-58). The former Indian had 13 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in the first game, 19 points, and 17 rebounds in the second game. Amnesty Bradley (Fairfield) added seven rebounds and an assist in the two games.

Fitzpatrick, an all-PacWest Conference honorable mention pick, was the only player to start all 26 games for the Hawks (10-16, 6-14), leading the team with 10.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game, to go with 13.2 points.

Bradley played in all 26 games with 18 starts, averaging 1.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per outing, while Jalá Carter played in eight games, getting three points, three steals, two assists and a rebound.

Salonika Quewon-Owens (Armijo) also received all-PacWest honorable mention for the Dominican (9-17, 9-11), which lost to Academy of Art 69-59 before downing Notre Dame de Namur 74-70. Quewon-Owens had nine points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals in the first game, 12 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists in the second.

Khristina Hunter (Rodriguez) averaged a double-double last week for San Diego State (11-15, 8-8 MVC), getting 16 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and a block in a 77-63 win over San Diego State before amassing 10 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 67-63 loss to Fresno State.

Taylor Caspers (Fairfield) played for Texas Arlington (4-23, 3-13 Sun Belt) in a 94-40 loss to Western Kentucky.

Chico State (18-8, 14-8 CCAA) edged Cal Poly Pomona 63-61 with Jazmine Miller (Vanden) rolling up 21 points, five rebounds and two assists for the Wildcats, who earlier lost 66-50 to Humboldt State with Miller getting five points and seven rebounds.

Tahvia Morrison (Vanden) saw action for UC Riverside (6-21, 2-12 Big West) as the Highlanders were edged 77-75 by Cal State Northridge.

Waldorf (8-19) wrapped up its season with a 94-53 loss to College of Saint Mary in the MCAC tournament. Destinee Sinegal-Smith (Fairfield, Solano) had five points and a rebound in that game, finishing the season by averaging 15.4 minutes, 5.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game, ending with 47 assists, 17 steals and three blocks.

Nebraska-Kearney (10-17) won its final regular season games by downing Northeastern State 61-58 and Central Oklahoma 76-71 before being eliminated from the MIAA tournament with an 88-68 loss to host Fort Hays State. The Lopers are coached by former Solano assistant Kevin Chaney.

Our Lady of the Lake (26-4, 16-2), coached by former Vacaville and Vacaville Christian coach Chris Minner, edged Wiley 102-100 in overtime and avenged an earlier LSU-Shreveport to win the RRAC regular season title and earn an automatic berth in the NAIA Division I national tournament.

Men’s basketball

Ronnie Baker (Rodriguez) poured in 18 points and added three assists and two rebounds to help Alaska (17-9, 12-6 GNAC) edge Alaska-Anchorage 70-68. Rashaad Allen (Rodriguez) also played for the Nanooks.

Also in the GNAC, Tyler Idowu (Rodriguez) turned in arguably his best two outings in the final games of the season for Saint Martin’s (9-17, 6-12). The former Mustang had a team-high seven rebounds, six points and a block in an 80-56 loss to Western Washington before getting a team-high 12 rebounds, eight points and a game-high three blocks in a 76-67 downing of Simon Fraser. Idowu got into 11 games, averaging 8.1 minutes, 3.2 points and 2.8 rebounds, finishing with five blocks.

The season came to an end for Menlo (9-18) with a 90-69 loss to Cal Maritime in the CalPac Conference tournament. Jordan Collier (Vanden) played in 20 games for the Oaks with one start, averaging 6.8 minutes, 1.9 points and 1.6 rebounds per contest, finishing with a team-best .667 shooting percentage (16 for 24), six blocks and two steals. He also made the only 3-pointer he attempted.

Koree Cox (Rodriguez) had two points and a rebound for Hawaii Pacific (14-12, 9-11 PacWest) in a 78-76 loss to Hawaii-Hilo.

Eastern Nazarene (19-6, 13-5) saw its season come to an end with an 81-78 upset loss in the CCC tournament to Wentworth, a team it defeated twice during the regular season. Lequon Gomes (Fairfield) had six points, five rebounds and one loss in the game, finishing the year by averaging 17.6 minutes, 8.9 points 5.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists over 22 games.

Wrestling

Trinity College, coached by former Armijo standout Marques Gales, qualified two wrestliers for the NCAA Division III nationals when heavyweight Kyle McGuire took first and 197-pounder Petros Hologitas took third in the D-III Northeast Regionals at Middletown, Conn.

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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