Former Vanden High standout Rochelle Roberts became the first Louisiana-Monroe freshman to be named Sun Belt Conference Softball Player of the Week after batting a sizzling .786 with eight stolen bases last week. She starts in the outfield for the Warhawks. (Terrance Armstard/ULM Photo Services)


College Notebook: Roberts has huge week for Louisiana-Monroe

By From page B1 | April 26, 2014

No doubt Rochelle Roberts would’ve traded her big week for a few more wins – her University of Louisiana-Monroe softball team dropped three of four – but what a week it was.

The Vanden High graduate and freshman right fielder for the Warhawks (20-19, 6-9) batted .786 (11 for 14) with four runs scored and eight stolen bases.

After going 2 for 3 in a 7-6 loss to Central Arkansas and 2 for 4 in a 3-2 loss to Texas-Arlington, she went 4 for 4 and then 3 for 3 in an 11-3 win over and 4-3 loss to the Mavericks.

For her efforts, Roberts won the College Sports Madness, Louisiana, Sun Belt Conference player of the week awards and was named Female Warhawk of the Week.

Roberts’ hot streak raised her average from a decent .310 to a torrid – and team-leading – .388. She extended her streak of consecutive hits to eight with a single in the first inning of Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Southeastern Louisiana.

Roberts, who has started 30 of 37 games, has yet to hit for power – just five extra-base hits 39 games into the season – but she’s getting on base (.449 on-base percentage) and stealing once she’s there, converting on 14 of 17 attempts.

Cheyene Cordes (Rodriguez) had another huge week for California, but it couldn’t keep the Golden Bears (22-20, 4-9 Pac-12) was dropping three of four, including all three to Oregon. Cordes batted .545 (6 for 11) with four runs scored, two doubles and her 12th home run of the season.

Jordan Wallace (Fairfield) was 0 for 1 as a pinch hitter for Cal.

Kiara “Ya” Garcia (Rodriguez) likewise had a solid week, batting .500 (5 for 10), but it couldn’t keep Oregon State (13-26, 3-13 Pac-12) from being swept in a three-game series by UCLA.

Alexis Konstantinopoulos (Armijo) got into three games as a pinch runner for Saint Mary’s as the Gaels (19-22, 5-4 WCC) went 2-3.

Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville) split her two decisions last week for Rutgers (21-16, 5-7 AAC). The junior left-hander struck out 13 and allowed just four hits over eight innings in a 3-1 victory over Memphis before being roughed up for 10 hits and four runs over 6 1-3 innings in a 4-3 loss to the Tigers.

Gabby Lopez (Rodriguez) dazzled as a pinch hitter for Idaho State, driving in the winning run with a single up the middle in the bottom of the seventh inning of an 8-7 victory over Utah Valley. She later had a two-run double in a four-run fifth inning that put the Bengals (28-16, 9-3 Big Sky) ahead to stay in a 9-8 win over Northern Colorado. Idaho State went 4-0 for the week, having won six straight and nine of its last 10.

Dana Manibusan (Solano) enjoyed a solid week, batting .385 (5 for 13) with a double, four runs and two RBIs as Hastings (19-16, 8-4 GPAC) took two from both Morningside and York.

Bethune-Cookman (18-25, 8-1 MEAC) won three of four as Calesha Shelley (Armijo) was 4 for 14 with a stolen base.

Brandy Takeda (Wood, Solano) was 0 for 3 as Graceland (9-25, 6-10 HAAC) dropped a pair of 8-0 decisions.

Hannah Wilbur (Solano) earned two wins – one easy, one not– for Oklahoma Baptist (34-13, 19-5 SAC). She went 4 1-3 innings, giving up seven hits and three runs with four strikeouts in a 4-3 win over Oklahoma City before yielding just four hits with seven strikeouts in going the distance in a 3-1 eclipsing of Saint Gregory’s to improve to 19-3.


Bellevue (30-13-2, 14-6 MCAC) extended its winning streak to eight games by taking four straight from Central Christian. Aaron Brasher (Solano) batted .500 (4 for 8) for the Bruins and also walked three times.

Sonoma State (21-12, 18-6 CCAA) split four games with Cal State Monterey Bay as Alex Crosby (Wood, Solano) batted .313 (5 for 16), going 3 for 4 with two doubles in a 6-3 win in the series finale.

Anthony Pezzola (Solano) went 1 2-3 innings for SSU in the second game of the series, giving up two hits and a run in a 10-8 loss.

The third game went to the Otters 3-1 with A.J. Quintero (Vacaville) going the distance, scattering six hits while striking out six and walking two to improve to 4-3.

Brenden Farney (Fairfield, Vacaville) ripped a run-scoring pinch-hit double, but it wasn’t enough to keep California (16-19, 5-10 Pac-12) from dropping a 4-3 decision to Washington. The Golden Bears lost two of three with Farney going 1 for 2.

Gene Nanney (Rodriguez, Solano) made a good week great, at least for him, by going 3 for 5 with two RBIs in Culver-Stockton’s 17-3 thumping of Missouri Valley. Nanney batted .444 (8 for 18) overall as the Wildcats (22-20, 13-9 HAAC) dropped four of six.

Jordan Haseltine (Wood) pitched 3 1-3 scoreless innings for the University of San Francisco in a 13-2 loss to Pepperdine. The Dons (18-20, 7-11 WCC) were 2-2 for the week.

Nick Spini (Armijo, Solano) batted a sizzling .500 (7 for 14) with four RBIs, but it wasn’t enough to keep East Central (25-20, 14-13 GAC). In the lone win for the Tigers, a 5-4 edging of Northwestern Oklahoma, Spini ripped a two-run homer in the seventh inning to put his team ahead to stay.

Matthew Burks (Wood) started the week by extending his home run streak to four games for Eastern New Mexico. He finished it by batting .467 (7 for 15), scoring five runs and driving in four as the Greyhounds split four games.

Sam Hedrick (Rodriguez) was 2 for 11 with a double for ENMU, while Mark Foley (Wood, Solano) was 1 for 4 with an RBI.

C.J. Jacobe (Vacaville) went 0 for 1 as a pinch hitter for Santa Clara (17-22, 8-7 WCC) in a 10-7 loss to San Jose State. The Broncos then took three straight from San Diego, though Jacobe didn’t see action.

Hawaii (15-21, 3-9 Big West) dropped two of three to Cal State Northridge with Juliene Jones (Vanden) going 0 for 3.

Domenick Romero (Rodriguez) batted .333 (5 for 15) with a double and three runs scored as Friends (31-18, 13-11 KCAC) won three of five.

Tyler Stover (Vacaville) continues to have an impact during his freshman season at Kansas State, batting .438 (7 for 16) with two runs, two RBIs, a double and a stolen base as the Wildcats (22-19, 4-8 Big 12) split four games.

Ricco Walker (Vanden) batted .300 (3 for 10) with a double as Minot State (10-20, 4-12 NSIC) went 1-5. In the lone victory, a 5-4 triumph in the last game of the week, Walker scored twice, including the tying run in the sixth.

Zach Welz (Solano) went 3 for 4 with a double and five RBIs as Texas Southern (18-23, 11-5 SWAC) blitzed Southern 6-1. The former Falcon hit .353 (6 for 17) for the week, with two doubles and a steal of home as the Tigers went 2-2.

Track and field

Aja Erskine (Rodriguez) and her three teammates on Chico State’s women’s 4×100-meter relay squad were named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Track and Field Athletes of the Week by winning the event in a school-record 46.50 seconds at the Cal State East Bay-Chabot Legacy Invitational.

Erskine also ran the lead leg for the winning 4×400 relay team (3:55.32) and won the 400 by nearly two seconds with a time of 56.19, the fourth-fastest women’s 400 in school history.

Also for the Wildcats, who won the team title with 369 points, more than the next three teams combined (352), Emily Denton (Vacaville) was second in the 100 hurdles (15.33), fifth in the 400 hurdles (1:07.27) and ran the second leg for Chico State B 4×400 team, which finished second (4:01.20).

Meanwhile, Taylor Graves (Wood) was third in the 100 hurdles (15.63) and ninth in the 200 (28.58).

In the Beach Invitational at Cerritos College, Arrielle Holzendorf (Fairfield) of Sacramento State was 14th in the women’s 400 (56.56) and 35th in the 200 (25.55).

For UC Davis in the same meet, Leslie Reed (Fairfield resident) was 12th in the 100 12.26. Earlier in the week at the Mt. SAC Relays at Walnut, Reed was 39th in the 200 (24.44) and 70th in 400 (59.63) while running anchor for the second-place 4×100 relay team (45.55).

Arizona’s Bryce Houston (Rodriguez) was ninth in the men’s 400 (49.28) in the LSU Alumni Gold meet.

Competing in the Western State Combined Events meet, Jordan Riggins (Rodriguez) of Colorado Mesa ran the anchor for the winning 4×100 team (42.58) and won the long jump (23 feet, 1 inch).

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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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