Doug Porras made the most of his final college baseball game on Sunday, as the senior blasted four home runs to lead Cal State Stanislaus over Cal State Dominguez Hills in a 19-2 win in the season finale in Carson.
Spoiling the CSUDH senior day, Porras led the offensive charge while starter Eric Cendejas cut down the Toros. The Warriors wrapped up the 2010 season on a winning note and finished 23-26 overall and fifth in the California Collegiate Athletic Association with a 19-21 record.
Cal State Dominguez Hills (37-16, 27-13 CCAA) enters the conference tournament this weekend in Stockton as the No. 2 seed.
Porras was the story on the day as he set two Cal State Stanislaus records. He went 4-for-4 with four home runs to drive in 10 runs. He also scored six times and reached base all six times with a walk and was struck by a pitch. The home runs and runs batted in are both Stanislaus single game records. He also tied the single game record by scoring six runs.
The NCAA record for home runs in a game is five while the mark for RBIs in a game is 13.
Porras went yard in each of his first three at bats with a solo in the first, a three-run blast in the third and a two-run jack in the fourth. He was walked in the sixth inning before belting another three-run home run in the seventh. In the ninth inning, he was hit by a pitch.
Warriors golf in contention for finals berth
The Cal State Stanislaus men's golf team had a better day on Tuesday as the Warriors moved up to a tie for fifth place and remain in the hunt for a berth for the NCAA National Championship tournament.
In round two of the NCAA Division II Men's Central/West Regional tournament at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, the Warriors shot a 294 for a 594, +18 tournament total heading into today's third and final round. Cal State Stanislaus is tied for fifth with UC Colorado Springs and Western Washington. All three teams are two shots back of Cal State Monterey Bay (+16).
The top five teams from each region of a two-region tournament and the top two student-athletes not with a team from each regional (regardless of region) will advance to the finals on May 18-21 at The Sagamore Club in Noblesville, Ind. The finals will be hosted by the Indiana Sports Corporation, the University of Indianapolis, the Great Lakes Valley Conference and the Hamilton County Sports Authority.
Chico State, the No. 1 ranked team based on GolfStat statistics, took over the leader board after a solid 285 today to sit at one-over for the tournament (577). The Wildcats are followed by Sonoma State (+3) and Western New Mexico (+6).
"We played better today and Brandon also had a strong day. It is a tough course and Chico State and Sonoma State are playing really well," Warriors coach John Cook said. "We are still in the hunt and are now in a battle for a spot (for nationals)."
Stanislaus track and field athletes shine in Fresno
A few members of the Warriors Track & Field team were invited, on an originally scheduled off weekend, to participate at the Fresno State-Cal State Bakersfield dual meet on Saturday. And many of them turned in solid numbers.
Annie Burlingham won the women's pole vault event to highlight the women's side. She cleared 11-7 1/4 inches, bettering Fresno State's Andrea Greenman by six inches. In the shot put, Jeni Cunha posted a personal best of 104-02 in the discus, as well as top five finishes in the shot put (39-10 1/2) and hammer (131-05).
On the men's side Valentin Alberto posted two seasonal bests with a 50-8 in the shot put, a second place finish behind Cal State Bakersfield's Dayshan Ragans (50-9 1/4). He also had a personal best in the hammer with a fourth place showing with a toss of 168-4.
Will Harding took fifth in the hammer with a strong toss of 156-07 and Conrad Deavellar PR'ed with a 152-09 to place seventh.
In men's pole vault defending NCAA champion Kasey Burlingham was second with a 15-7. Mark Unzueta, an unattached athlete, cleared 16-6 3/4. Burlingham is still ranked No. 2 in the nation with a season best of 16-8 3/4 set on Feb. 27.