The top-seeded Sacramento State women’s tennis team advanced to the final of the Big Sky Conference tournament, shutting out No. 4 Northern Arizona 4-0 Saturday at Gold River Racquet Club, the Hornets reported.
Sac State (17-10), seeking its 14th consecutive Big Sky title, will face No. 2 Idaho at 2 p.m. today. Idaho beat No. 3 Montana 4-1.
The Hornets earned the doubles point by sweeping the three matches. In singles, Ana Loaiza Esquivias collected her team-high 18th win, defeating Marta Lewandowska 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 4 match. Daria Savchenko beat Livia Hollosy 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6, and Alina Soltanici clinched the victory by defeating Hailey Rochin 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1.
In the men’s tournament at Gold River, sixth-seeded Northern Arizona upset top-seeded Weber State 4-1. Northern Arizona will meet No. 2 Idaho, which beat No. 4 Montana State 4-1, at 10 a.m. today.
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UCD wins baseball thriller over Pacific
▪ UC Davis’ Tanner Bily threw out the tying run at the plate to end the game as the Aggies held on for a 5-4 win over Pacific in Stockton, UCD reported.
The Tigers (9-31) had a run in and the bases loaded with two outs in the ninth when Tyler Sullivan singled to right. One runner scored to make it 5-4, but Bily threw out pinch runner Jimmy Boras trying to score from second.
The Aggies (24-16-1) led 5-0 after 51/2 innings. UCD’s Evan Heptig had two run-scoring singles and scored twice.
▪ Sac State was shut out for the fourth time in the last seven games, 10-0 by North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D., the Hornets reported.
North Dakota (15-20, 9-8 Western Athletic Conference) had 18 hits, the most allowed by Sac State (22-20, 9-8) this season.
Hornets beat Weber State in softball
▪ Caitlin Brooks threw a two-hitter, and Alexis Martinez hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning as the host Sac State softball team beat Weber State 2-0, the Hornets reported.
Sac State (23-24, 12-6 Big Sky Conference) moved into sole possession of second place with three games left before the conference tournament. Weber State (31-17, 10-6) fell to third. The top four teams earn tournament berths.
The Wildcats’ MaCauley Flint had a no-hitter until the sixth, when Sasha Margulies singled with one out and Martinez connected with two outs.
▪ UC Davis (17-24, 5-8 Big West) lost 1-0 in 13 innings to host UC Riverside (33-15, 5-8) when the Highlanders’ Natalie Sanchez had a two-out walk-off single.
Aggies’ Gould pleased by spring game
UC Davis football coach Ron Gould said he was pleased with his team’s performance in its spring game at Aggie Stadium, UCD reported.
“There are four things at the start of spring that we talked about,” he said. “We talked about consistency with their communication, their effort, we wanted them to compete, and we wanted them to focus, and that’s something that I’ve seen from this team. They’ve grown exponentially.”
Score was not kept during the game.
▪ UC Davis’ Emma Redick had a personal best of 59.17 seconds in winning the 400-meter hurdles, and teammate Cekarri Nixon won the 200 meters in 24.18 seconds at the Brutus Hamilton Challenge track and field meet at Cal, the Aggies reported. The UCD women also won the 4x100 relay in 45.63. Sac State’s Zach Coniglio won the shot put at 58-111/2.
▪ Courtney Neff had career highs of six goals and three assists as the UC Davis women’s lacrosse team ended the season with a 19-11 victory over Saint Mary’s in Moraga, the Aggies reported. UCD finished 4-13 overall and 3-6 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play. The Gaels finished 0-15 and 0-9.
Bee Sports staff