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College Notebook: Shelley gets things started for Bethune-Cookman

By From page B1 | April 10, 2014

When Calesha Shelley gets on base for the Bethune-Cookman University softball team, good things usually happen.

The Armijo High graduate and starting junior left fielder for the Wildcats scored six runs, including three in a 10-4 win over South Carolina State, in helping BCU go 3-1 last week.

Shelley, who’s batted leadoff in all 152 games game of her three-year career, batted.375 last week with a pair of two-hit games, giving her 12 multi-hit outings on the season.

Two of her hits were doubles, giving her six extra-base hits this season, matching her totals for 2012 and 2013.

Shelley is batting .320, up from last season’s .303 and 2012’s .294, and leads the team in at-bats (128), runs scored (26), hits (41), triples (2) and stolen bases (13 in 15 attempts).

After losing their first five games and 11 of their first 12, the Wildcats (15-23) have gone 14-12 and are tied for first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s Southern Division at 5-1.

Jordan Wallace (Fairfield) had a two-run single and later scored as California (20-14, 3-4 Pac-12) extended its winning streak to 10 by scoring all of its runs in the fourth inning of a 9-0 blanking of Pacific. The Golden Bears were then swept in a three-game series by Arizona State as Cheyenne Cordes (Rodriguez) batted .308 (4 for 13) with three runs and three RBIs. Two of her RBIs came on a two-run homer in a 7-2 loss to the Sun Devils.

UC Santa Barbara and Andriana Collins (Rodriguez) had a tough week as Gauchos (23-16, 3-3 Big West) went 2-4 while the left-handed pitcher allowed four hits and eight runs (five earned) while striking out three and walking four in two relief appearances.

One of UCSB’s setbacks was an 8-1 loss to Oregon State , during which Kiara Garcia (Rodriguez) went 0 for 3. Garcia went 3 for 10 with a triple as the Beavers (13-20, 3-7 Pac-12) lost two of three to Utah.

Saint Mary’s (15-17, 3-0) swept Loyola Marymount to open West Coast Conference play with Alexis Konstantinopoulos (Armijo) getting into each game as a pinch runner, scoring a run in the first game.

Marissa Escalante (Rodriguez) went 1 for 3 as a pinch hitter as UC Riverside (19-20, 0-6 Big West) was swept in a three-game series by Long Beach State.

Gabby Lopez (Rodriguez) also was 1 for 3 as a pinch hitter with Idaho State (21-15, 4-2 Big Sky) taking two of three from Weber State.

Rutgers (17-12, 2-5 AAC) had a good week, going 4-2, and Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville) was a big part of it. The Junior left-hander went 3-1 as a starter to go to 10-5 on the season and picked up a save in the other victory. She pitched 26 innings, allowing 25 hits and 10 runs (eight earned) while striking out 36 and walking seven.

Hannah Wilbur (Solano) had a similar week for Oklahoma Baptist (28-11, 13-3 SAC), winning twice in relief with a 2-1 complete-game win over Oklahoma City to improve to 15-3. She also closed an 8-2 win over Oklahoma Wesleyan with a scoreless inning and ended up throwing 15 innings, surrendering 10 hits and two runs with 23 strikeouts and five walks.

Hastings (13-14, 2-4 GPAC) won just two of six games, but one of those was a 1-0 victory over Northwestern of Iowa in which Dana Manibusan (Solano) hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth for the only run of the game. Manibusan batted .350 (7 for 20), with two RBIs and two stolen bases.

Saint Andrews (16-17, 9-5 AAC) won four of six games with Autumn Price (Wood, Solano) batting .375 (3 for 8) with two runs scored in the first three games, all victories.

Graceland (6-22, 3-7 HAAC) was swept in successive two-game series by Culver-Stockton and Benedictine with Brandy Takeda (Wood, Solano) going 1 for 9 for the Yellowjackets.

Rochelle Roberts (Vanden) went 3 for 3 in Louisiana-Monroe’s eight-inning, 4-3 win over Troy. She was 0 for 5 the rest of the week, which included a 14-1 loss to LSU, as the Warhawks (17-14, 3-5 Sun Belt) were 2-1 for the week.


Sonoma State (18-10, 16-4 CCAA) swept a four-game series from Cal State San Bernardino with Alex Crosby (Wood, Solano) driving in three runs in the finale. Overall he was 3 for 15 with four RBIs and a double. Meanwhile, Anthony Pezzola (Solano) hurled 4 2-3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing one hit with one strikeout to get the win in a 7-3 triumph in the third game.

California (14-15, 3-3 Pac-12) was swept in a three-game series with Washington State as Brenden Farney (Fairfield, Vacaville) was 2 for 9 with three walks and two runs scored.

Culver-Stockton 16-15, 7-7 HAAC) dropped a pair of games to Baker with Gene Nanney (Rodriguez, Solano going 1 for 6.

The University of San Francisco 15-15, 5-7 WCC) went 2-2 for the week as Jordan Haseltine (Wood) closed out an 8-4 non-conference loss to Sacramento State.

While Aaron Brasher (Solano) was going 0 for 11, Bellevue (22-12-2, 10-6 MCAC) won three of five games.

In Eastern New Mexico’s three-game sweep of Tarleton State, Sam Hedrick (Rodriguez) was 2 for 8 with both hits coming in a 3-2 victory for the Greyhounds (19-16, 9-14 LSC).

Santa Clara (13-18, 4-5 WCC) went 1-2 for the week with C.J. Jabobe (Vacaville) going 0 for 2 in a 9-1 loss to Portland.

Juliene Jones (Vanden) was 2 for 11 as Hawaii (14-16, 2-4 Big West) dropped three games to UC Irvine.

Friends (26-13, 9-7 KCAC) dropped three of four to Tabor as Domenick Romero (Rodriguez) was 2 for 11.

Nick Spini (Armijo, Solano) batted .400 (4 for 10) with three RBIs as East Central (20-17, 12-12 GAC) split four games.

Tyler Stover (Vacaville) got into one game for Kansas State (18-13, 2-4 Big 12), a 6-5 loss to Omaha, going 1 for 3 with a walk.

Zach Welz (Solano) batted .375 (6 for 16) with three runs scored as Texas Southern (12-19, 9-4 SWAC) went 2-3. All his runs were scored in the two victories.

Track and field

Leslie Reed (Fairfield resident) of the UC Davis women’s team ran career-best time of 24.47 seconds while taking 14th in the 200-meter dash at the Stanford Invitational, the fifth fastest all-time at UCD. She also ran the third leg for the fifth-place 4×100 relay team (45.27), which ranks third all-time at for the Aggies.

Also in the Stanford Invitational, Aja Erskine (Rodriguez) helped the Chico State women’s team set a school record with a 46.94 in the 4×100 relay.

The Arizona men’s team dropped a dual meet to Oregon 114-47, with Bryce Houston (Rodriguez) taking fifth in the 200 (22.18) and fourth in the 400 (48.59). He also ran the third leg for the winning 4×100 relay team (42.85) and the leadoff leg for the runner-up 4×400 team (3:18.46).

Sacramento State’s men’s team was third in the Cal-Nevada Championships at La Jolla with Darrell Jackson (Fairfield) 25th in the 800 (1:57.41).

Meanwhile, the Hornets women were fifth with Arrielle Holzendorf (Fairfield) taking seventh in the 400 (57.45).

Reach Paul Farmer at 425-4646, ext. 264, or [email protected] 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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