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Stanislaus softball wins late-night slugfest over MSUB
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Playing against Desert Stinger tournament host Montana State Billings late into the night, the Warriors won a slugfest at a quarter after 11 p.m. to split on the opening day of their season.

Stanislaus (1-1) out-hit the Yellowjackets to win 19-15 to finish a long day out in the Las Vegas desert. The Warriors had lost their opener, 9-6, to Minot State earlier in the afternoon.

The Warriors used a 10-run fourth inning against MSUB for a 12-6 lead. Stanislaus started the inning with five straight hits  — including a RBI double by Cheyenne Harper and a run-scoring hit by Bryanna Menor. Harper would come up to bat again in the inning to belt a three-run homer to center to cap the wild inning.

MSU Billings would chip away and scored six runs in the sixth to regain a 14-13 lead. But the Warriors answered with six runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth for a 19-14 lead.

In the end, every Warrior in the lineup had at least a hit with Alexus Martinez going 4-for-6 with four runs batted in. Harper ended up with three hits and six RBIs with a double and a homer and Katelyn McDonald also had three hits.

Kiley Ragsdale earned her first collegiate victory with a total of 2 1/3 innings pitched. She allowed two hits but gave up three runs and walked five. 

Cassidy Due, went 2-for-4 with a double and a homer to drive in three runs to lead the Warriors in the first game. Martinez also had two hits for a six-hit day. 

The tournament continues today with the Warriors taking on Concordia (Ore.) at 4:30 p.m. and New Mexico Highlands at 7 p.m.


Warriors baseball drops two to Fresno Pacific

Fresno Pacific managed to win twice Friday night in walk-off fashion as the Sunbirds handed the Warriors two 6-5 scores to start the Central Valley series.

In game one, FPU drew four walks after allowing Stanislaus State to tie the game in the top of the ninth on a walk. In the late-nightcap — the game ended after 11 p.m. — the Sunbirds utilized two Warrior errors to score four runs in their final at-bats to sweep the twinbill.

The four-game set now shifts to Turlock today for a pair of games starting at 4 p.m. at Warrior Baseball Field.

Friday's game two result spoiled a tremendous outing by Nick Voumard as he struck out a career-high 12 batters in eight excellent innings. He gave up just two runs on four hits in those eight innings and walked away with a 4-2 lead.

The nightcap loss also featured two Stanislaus homers by Patrick Mulry and Kyle Nixon. Nixon's two-run shot in the fifth gave the Warriors a 3-2 lead and Mulry's solo bomb in the ninth extended the Stan State lead to 5-2.

The Warriors had to play from behind in the first game with FPU holding a 4-0 lead after five innings. Two runs in the sixth on a Erik Colombini two-run double and two more runs in the seventh on extra base-hit RBIs by Scott Stetson and Nick Ippolito tied the game at 4-4.

With the score at 5-4, the Warriors loaded the bases with one out in the ninth and Michael Chavarria drew a walk to tie the game. However, FPU won with a walk-off on four consecutive walks issued by two Stan State pitchers. The final walk was a 10-pitch at bat by FPU's Nick Pate.

Tyler Murphy threw six innings and gave up two earned runs on six hits with six strikeouts for the no decision. Chris Senn was tagged with the loss.


Stanislaus women's basketball survive Otter charge, win another home game

It didn't come easy, but the Stanislaus State women's basketball team survived a late charge by Cal State Monterey Bay to win, 47-44, Friday night to improve to 8-0 at Fitzpatrick Arena. 

Riley Holladay and Ana Burch led the way with 13 and 12 points, respectively as the Warriors improved to 14-5 overall and 10-3 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Stanislaus State, which had its eight-game winning streak snapped on Saturday at Chico State, remains in fourth place well ahead of fifth place Cal State San Bernardino.

Stan State had gone 2-9 in the last 11 games in the series but Friday night's home win marks the Warriors' eighth in 12 games played in Turlock.

The Warriors led by 10, 33-23, after a 10-3 run capped by a Jasmine Washington jumper with 3:45 to go in the third quarter. But the Otters made a run.

Cal State Monterey Bay (8-13, 4-10 CCAA) scored 12 unanswered points, going 5-for-8 from the field to take over the lead at 35-33.

Stanislaus State responded quickly with a 6-0 run highlighted by a Burch triple to lead 39-35. CSUMB got within one late but two Holladay free throws inside the 10 seconds mark sealed the win.

The Otters were ice cold to start the game. After making the opening shot, a three-pointer, CSUMB missed 12 straight tries. However, the Warriors were unable to run away with chilly shooting of their own. The Otters were held to just four points in the first half.

Brianna Tucker led the Otters with nine points on three three-pointers. Alex Sperling and Courtney Keaton each grabbed eight rebounds.

Stanislaus ended up shooting 35.4 percent for the game, thanks to a warm 47.8 percent shooting second half. The Otters finished with a 25.8 percent shooting night.

Taylor Faucett, Erike Larsen and Reana Hardin all had six rebounds each for Stanislaus.

The Warriors host a key match-up today against Cal State East Bay. The Pioneers are tied with UC San Diego for second in the CCAA at 12-2 after Friday's 55-53 win at Chico State.



Stan State turned away by Cal State Monterey Bay on homecoming

The Warriors weren't going to let what happened at the Kelp Bed in December repeat itself. Especially not on home court, in front of the largest crowd of the season.

However, a late Stanislaus rally was rejected by Cal State Monterey Bay as the Warriors were handed another defeat — this time a 66-65 heartbreaker in front of nearly 1,500 vocal fans on Homecoming night.

With the ball, trailing by one in the final possession, a Kyi Thomas dribble drive layup attempt was blocked by Ryan Nitz and the Otters controlled the rebound to stole away the game at Fitzpatrick Arena.

Four Warriors were in double figures in scoring, but it wasn't quite enough as Stan State dropped its eighth straight game to fall to 5-13 and 4-9 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.

Monterey Bay, winner of three straight, improved to 10-10 overall and 8-6 in the CCAA tied for fifth place.

Christian Bayne had 17 points to lead the Warriors with Alek Carlson and Stephen Evans each scored 11 points. Joey Bennett had 10 points to chip in. Kyle Gouveia pulled 13 rebounds to help Stanislaus out-rebound CSUMB, 43-33.

But the Otters got 25 points from Nitz, who made five three-pointers and took 23 shots (he made nine). 

Evans' three pointer just before halftime gave the Warriors their biggest lead on the night at 37-31 to cap a 9-0 run with three consecutive triples (Carlson and Bennett had the other two). However, the Otters started the second half with a 7-0 run. And with 10:00 to go, Monterey Bay took off on a 15-3 surge to take a 59-50 lead with 5:54 left to play.

That's when the Warriors rallied. A 15-5 run capped by a Thomas jumper at :40 to play swung the lead back in favor of the home team. But Devin Murphy quickly answered with a baseline jumper before the final Stanislaus offensive possession.

Back on Dec. 11 in Seaside, the Warriors were ran out of the building they called the Kelp Bed in a 86-56 loss.

Tonight, Stan State will try again to end the skid as the Warriors host Cal State East Bay on Hall of Fame night. The Hall of Fame induction class includes the 1982 Men's Basketball Team which went to the Division III Final Four as well as Stanislaus' scoring leader George White, who netted 805 points in one season in 1968-69.