Regional digest: Republic FC strikes early but suffers first loss

Republic FC suffered its first USL Pro loss Saturday night, falling to Orange County Blues FC 2-1 in Irvine, the team reported in a news release.

Republic FC (1-1-1) came out pressuring Orange County’s defense and scored in the eighth minute on a header by defender Mickey Daly. Midfielder Rodrigo Lopez sent a free kick into the box, where Daly headed the ball into the left side of the net.

Orange County (1-2-0) tied it in the 18th minute. Republic FC defender Nemanja Vukovic fouled Stephen Okai in the box, setting up a penalty kick for Orange County captain Allan Russell. He sent his shot into the lower left corner of the net with goalkeeper Jake Gleeson diving right.

The score remained 1-1 until the 69th minute. Republic FC defender Harrison Delbridge received a red card after bringing down forward Gibson Bardsley just outside the box. Okai’s ensuing free kick went over the outstretched hand of Gleeson and into the upper left corner of the goal.

Goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek made his Republic FC debut following Gleeson’s collision with Russell in the 73rd minute.

Republic FC visits LA Galaxy II tonight in Carson and Arizona United SC next Saturday in Peoria. Its home opener is April 26 against the Harrisburg City Islanders at Hughes Stadium.

Sacramento State beats Grand Canyon in baseball

• Nathan Lukes singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 10th inning, and Sutter McLoughlin recorded his eighth save as Sacramento State beat Grand Canyon 5-4 in Phoenix, the Hornets reported.

Lukes went 3 for 6 and extended his career-best hitting streak to 14 games, and David Del Grande hit a solo homer for the Hornets (21-13, 10-1 Western Athletic Conference). The Antelopes fell to 17-15 and 7-4.

• UC Davis’ six-game home winning streak ended with a 2-0 loss to Long Beach State, the Aggies reported. The Aggies (15-16, 2-6 Big West Conference) had only two hits against Dirtbags starter Josh Frye and two relievers. UCD starter Spencer Koopmans matched zeros with Frye before being removed after six innings. Long Beach State (16-17, 3-2) scored once in the seventh and once in the eighth without a hit.

Hornets lose opportunity for Big Sky softball lead

• Sac State (19-18, 7-4) missed a chance to take sole possession of the Big Sky Conference lead, losing 3-2 to Idaho State in Pocatello, Idaho, the Hornets reported.

Terah Blackwell’s two-run homer in the sixth inning off Caitlin Brooks won it for the Bengals (24-16, 6-3).

• UC Davis extended its winning streak against Cal Poly to six games by sweeping a doubleheader by 3-2 scores in San Luis Obispo, according to the Aggies’ website. Chandler Wagner had an RBI in the opener and three RBIs in the nightcap for the Aggies (14-24, 3-5 Big West). The Mustangs (21-16, 3-5) have lost four in a row.

– Bee Sports staff