Sports Briefs 2-27-13

Staff Writer

Men’s Sports

Baseball:  After a shaky start to the season, starting pitcher Jason Fletcher is off the mound due to an injury. The team has bounced back and has currently won three of their last five games. Andrew Lojewski currently leads the Big 8 division in batting average hitting .478, and has 13 RBIs. While closer Nick Dermenjian has 3 wins on the season. The men’s next home game is Tuesday, March 5, for their first divisional game of the season versus San Joaquin Delta College at 2:30 p.m.

 Basketball: The offensive surging men are heading into the playoffs with hopes of making some noise. The team lost the last game of the regular season at Diablo Valley College on Friday, Feb. 22, 51-65 to finish the regular season at 12-13. The team closed out the conference play on a hot streak, winning five of their last eight games and will be away for their first match of the playoffs. They will be playing their first playoff match of the season at De Anza College on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.

 Golf: In the Big 8 Tournament No. 2, they tied for sixth with a total score of 425.  At the Rancho Murrieta Country Club, the team finished third versus Sierra College, Folsom Lake College, and San Joaquin Delta College. Colten Passey led the team with a 76, followed by Charles Klein who posted a 77.  Their next match is the Big 8 Conference No. 2 on Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. They host the Big 8 No. 3 on March 5 at 12 p.m.

 Tennis:  The tennis team is currently ranked No. 3 in Northern California and No. 8 in the state of California. The team of Andrew Amor and Adam Duong look to be a solid match against teams for the rest of the season, while Simba Baratti and Andrew Amor are going to be powerhouses in the singles division. The men’s next home meet is Friday, March 1, versus Division Rival Santa Rosa Junior College at 1 p.m.

Track & Field: Will Reyes, Luis Luna, and Jacob Huston all received state qualifying marks in the 5k at the Stanislaus Open Invitational. The men’s track team will host their annual Beaver Relays on Friday, March 1, at 11 a.m. for qualifying. The event will continue on Saturday, March 2,at 10 a.m.

 Women’s Sports

Basketball: The women concluded their season in a 62-70 loss versus Diablo Valley College on Feb. 22. The team ended up going 7-20.  Despite the less than ideal season, freshman Eunique Hopkins provided the team with defensive momentum, averaging 5 steals per game. Sophomores LeAnn Perkins and Jackie Wada were offensive contributors, averaging over 11 points per game.

 Softball: Following a one run loss to San Mateo, the teams record is currently 11-2 for the season. Sophomore pitcher Karolanne Tipton and freshman pitcher Jackie Caramazza are leading the team. They’ve combined for an ERA of .235. Gisselle Jimenez leads the team in hitting. She has contributed eight home runs and 30 RBI’s, and leads the state in these categories. The next game is a double header at Butte on Feb. 28, with their next home game on March 1 at 2 p.m. versus Feather River.

Tennis:  The lack of experience has caught up with the team so far this semester. The only returning sophomore on the team is Nicole Fleischmann. Despite the lack of the success in the win column, this season the women’s tennis showcase a lot of heart during their meets, and have improved in each match they’ve played in. The women’s next home meet is March 5 versus Folsom Lake College at 1 p.m.

Track & Field: At the Stanislaus Open Invitational, the women claimed two Nor Cal marks: one by Ariel Maroon in pole vault, and the other was in the women’s 4X100 anchored by Alexis Browner. The team also claimed 14 provisional marks at the event. The team’s next match is at home for the Beaver Relay March 1 at 11 a.m. and March 2 at 10 a.m., which will showcase four division rivals (Modesto Junior College, Sacramento City College, Santa Rosa Junior College and Diablo Valley College) in the 18 school competition.