Regional digest: Fast-starting USF thumps Sac State

Published: Saturday, Mar. 1, 2014 - 10:54 pm
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 2, 2014 - 7:50 am

Visiting USF teed off on Sacramento State starter Ty Nichols for 11 hits and five runs in a 9-1 win over the Hornets on Saturday in a nonconference baseball game at John Smith Field.

The Dons (4-5) scored in five of the first six innings, according to the Sac State athletics website.

The Dons scored three more runs off reliever Julian Barron (Jesuit High School) in the sixth.

Dane Fujinaka and Scott Loper each had two hits for the Hornets (5-5). Loper scored the Hornets’ only run in the seventh on a foul-out by David Del Grande.

• Despite a strong pitching performance by Spencer Koopmans and Steven Patterson’s contributions at the plate, UC Davis lost twice to Washington in a nonconference doubleheader in Tacoma, Wash.

UC Davis (4-7) lost the first game 2-1 and the second 8-3. The Huskies improved to 6-4-1.

Koopmans allowed four hits and struck out four in his six innings, the UCD athletics website reported. Patterson had three hits in the first game and homered in the second. Adam Young had three hits in the second game, Kevin Barker had two hits.

Sac State, UC Davis softball teams split

• Sacramento State followed a 4-2 loss to host Saint Mary’s with a 3-1 win over Boise State at the Gael Classic in Moraga, the Sac State athletics website reported.

The Hornets (6-6) broke a 1-1 tie with Boise State in the fifth on Shelby Johnston’s two-run single. Johnston had four hits in the two games, including a home run and double.

• UC Davis (6-14) lost to host Santa Clara 5-4 and beat Boston University 6-5 in eight innings at the Santa Clara Marriott Classic, the UCD athletics website reported. Brianna Warner had three hits against Boston. In the loss to Santa Clara, Lauryn Saunders had two hits and three RBIs.

Persson, Hornets golfers in second at Red Rocks

Sacramento State’s Lisa Persson shot a season-low 1-under-par 71 in the first round of the Red Rocks Invitational in Sedona, Ariz., the school’s athletics website reported. Xavier leads Sac State 299-301. The event concludes today. Persson is second individually by a stroke to Northern Arizona’s Jacquie LaMarr.

– Bee Sports staff

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