The end of the season was bittersweet for Cheyenne Cordes of the University of California softball team.
By finishing with a 23-29 overall record and 4-18 in the Pac-12, the Golden Bears failed to qualify for postseason play for the first time in 29 years, ending the season by getting swept in three games by Washington.
The good news for Cordes, a Rodriguez High graduate, was she made the all-Pac-12 first team as well as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association all-Pacific Region first team.
That’s not a surprise since she led Cal in batting (.401), runs scored (43), doubles (13), triples (2), home runs (13), runs batted in (40), total bases (119) and slugging percentage (.758).
Jordan Wallace (Fairfield) wrapped up her injury-filled career with her best season at Cal. The former Falcon hit .254 with five home runs and 21 RBIs, leading the team in being hit by pitches for the third time with seven.
UC Santa Barbara dropped two of three to Big West Conference champion Long Beach State, finishing one win shy of qualifying for the NCAA Division I regionals. As it was, the Gauchos (34-20, 14-7 Big West) had the highest winning percentage in school history (.630).
Andriana Collins (Rodriguez) wrapped up her senior season by going 7-4 with a 5.11 earned run average, appearing in 19 games with 11 starts, striking out 26 in 50 2-3 innings.
UC Riverside ended the season 23-31 and 4-17 in the Big West. Marissa Escalante (Rodriguez) hit .283 with a home run and 10 RBIs in 34 games, 12 of them starts.
Oregon State (17-31, 4-17 Pac-12) capped its season by taking two of three from Stanford. Kiara “Ya” Garcia (Rodriguez) had a solid week, batting .333 (4 for 12) with three runs scored. She started all 48 games for OSU, batting .221 and finishing first on the team in sacrifices (7), second in at-bats (140) and third in runs scored (25).
Saint Mary’s (23-27, 8-7 WCC) wrapped up its season by dropping three straight to BYU. Alexis Konstantinopoulos (Armijo) got into 11 games for the Gaels with two starts, batting three times and scoring twice.
Rutgers (28-19) made its first postseason appearance in 16 years and made it to the American Athletic Conference semifinals where it lost to Central Florida 8-5. Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville) took the loss for the Scarlet Knights, giving up five hits and five runs in 1 2-3 innings. Rutgers wouldn’t have gotten that far if Landrith hadn’t fired a two-hitter in a 5-1 quarterfinal victory Houston.
Landrith finished the season with a 17-8 record and a 2.45 earned run average, striking out 186 and walking 34 in 177 innings. Her efforts helped the team notch a .596 winning percentage, its highest since 1995.
Gabby Lopez (Rodriguez) had several big pinch hits for Idaho State and came through again for the Bengals in the Big Sky tournament championship game, getting an RBI single in a two-run sixth inning that tied the score. Unfortunately, Southern Utah scored three in the top of the seventh to win 8-5.
In 48 games, 14 of them starts, Lopez hit .268., driving in 16 runs on just 19 hits. The Bengals set a school record for wins in a season while capturing their second straight regular season Big Sky title.
Rochelle Roberts (Vanden) got a hit in every Sun Belt Conference tournament game for the Louisiana-Monroe as the Warhawks made it to the semifinals before falling to eventual champ Louisiana-Laffayete, 14-6. Roberts hit .368 (7 for 19) with five RBIs, including three in an 8-1 win over Western Kentucky.
Roberts, the SBC Freshman of the Year, finished the season with a .343 average, second on the team, and stole 18 bases in 22 attempts. The Warhawks were picked to finish last in the eight-team SBC but finished sixth in the regular season and won three games in the tournament to take third, their highest finish since 2008.
Calesha Shelley (Armijo) sizzled in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament, but it wasn’t enough to keep Bethune-Cookman from falling in the tourney title game. Shelley hit .538 (7 for 13) and walked five times to give her a .667 on-base percentage. She also stole six bases and scored eight runs, making it no surprise she was named to the all-tournament team.
Shelley made the all-MEAC second team after leading B-CU in hitting (.351), at-bats (185), runs scored (43), hits (65), triples (3) and stolen bases (26 in 30 attempts).
Oklahoma Baptist (45-17) went 2-2 in the William Carey Bracket of the NAIA tournament, both of its losses coming to the host school. Hannah Wilbur (Solano) got the save by retiring the final batter in a 3-2 tourney opening win over Our Lady of the Lake.
She then took the loss in the first game with William Carey, giving up seven hits and five runs in four innings. The Bison stayed alive with a 5-0 blanking of Ottawa (Kans.) with Wilbur going the final three innings for another save, striking out seven. A weary Wilbur then gave up three runs on three hits in relief in the top of seventh of the season-ending 6-0 loss to William Carey.
While the Bison were setting a school record for wins in a season, Wilbur (23-6) set new marks for wins and strikeouts (205) in a season. In 172 1-3 innings she allowed 155 hits and 33 walks, finishing with a 2.03 ERA.
It was a tough end of the season for Alex Crosby (Wood, Solano), Anthony Pezzola (Solano) and the Sonoma State baseball team (27-18).
The Seawolves went 0-2 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association and then 0-2 in NCAA Division II regional play in San Diego.
Crosby was 0 for 16 through the four games before singling in a run in the top of the ninth of the second game of the regional, but it wasn’t enough to keep SSU from falling 6-5 to Dixie State. He got into 42 games on the season, 41 of them starts, batting .268 with two home runs and 24 RBIs.
Pezzola took the defeat in a 9-4 loss to Cal Poly Pomona in the CCAA tourney opener, giving up five runs on two hits and four walks in 1 2-3 innings. It was his only loss of the season as he was 3-1 with a 5.49 in 11 appearances, striking out 10 in 19 2-3 innings.
California (21-25, 9-15 Pac-12) took two of three from USC with Brenden Farney (Fairfield, Vacaville) batting .300 (3 for 10) for the Golden Bears.
Santa Clara (24-27, 14-10 WCC) took two of three from BYU as CJ Jacobe (Vacaville) got a hit and an RBI in a 16-2 loss to the Cougars.
Juliene Jones (Vanden) pitched and played third base for Hawaii (19-28, 3-15 Big West) in a three-game sweep at the hands of Long Beach State. Jones didn’t give up a hit in 1 2-3 scoreless inning and was 0 for 3 at the plate.
As Tyler Stover (Vacaville) went, so went Kansas State last week. He was 2 for 3 with an RBI in a 10-4 walloping of Wichita State. He then went 0 for 9 as the Wildcats were swept in a three-game series by Oklahoma State.
Bellevue (40-17-2) saw its season end after going 3-2 in the Shawnee Bracket of the NAIA tournament. Anthony Brasher (Solano) went 4 for 16 and drove in two runs, both RBIs coming in a 13-6 loss in the title game to host Oklahoma Baptist. Brasher, the starting catcher, finished the year batting .309 with 12 doubles and 19 RBIs.
The stay of Friends (36-25) in the Shawnee Bracket was even shorter as the Falcons went 0-2. The tourney was a rough one for Domenick Romero (Rodriguez), who was 1 for 10 with a run scored. Romero got into all 61 games, 59 of them starts, batting .269 with 10 doubles and a team-high 41 RBIs. The Falcons finished the season one win shy of the school record.
Track and field
Chico State’s Aja Erskine (Rodriguez) joins Kasey Barnett, Ashley Jones and Amilia Santos in qualifying the 4×100-meter relay for the NCAA Division II championships to be held May 22-24 at Grand Valley State in Allendale, Mich.
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