With a superb final round of 8-under 280, the Stanislaus State men's golf team made a late run at the 43rd Annual Hanny Stanislaus Invitational on Tuesday at the Turlock Golf and Country Club.
Behind the excellent play of three Warriors with under par scores on Tuesday, Stan State bettered No. 1 ranked Chico State on the day to finish third behind the Wildcats and No. 24 Sonoma State. The Warriors finished the 54-hole tournament with a team score of 861, 11 shots behind Chico State. Sonoma State tallied a 857 for second.
Chico State has won three straight tournaments and earned its fifth win of the season. The Wildcats won the Hanny Stanislaus Invitational for the first time by shooting a 7-under in round three, which followed two impressive rounds on Monday (283-286). The Wildcats feature two of the top four players in the country in No. 1 Alistair Docherty and No. 4 Lee Gearhart, both tied for second at 6-under, 210.
The individual medalist was Sonoma State's Justin Shlucker, who led from the start to end up 9-under 207 (65-71-71). Dominican's Nick Rivera had the low score of the tournament with a 64 in the third round, which was just one stroke shy of the tournament low record of 63 set in 2010 by Gene Webster of Cal State San Bernardino.
As for the Warriors, Michael Mencaccy led the way with a two-under total with an one-over par Tuesday. Jordan Koelewyn was right behind him with a one-under 215 for 12th. Two more Warriors also earn top 20 finishes with Jahaan Nargussi and A.J. Borges both finished with an even 216 — giving the Warriors four players in the top 20. Only Chico State featured four players in the top 20 individual standings.
Borges (68), Koelewyn (69) and Nargussi (70) led the way for the Warriors during their finale round surge. Borges nailed seven birdies on the day to counter a bogey and a double for his season low round score. Koelewyn and Nargussi each had five birdies on the day.
Mencaccy, too, had a decent round with a 73 to go with his 71-70 from Monday for the 214 total, which is his season best. John Burke (216) rounded out the team scoring, but three other Stan State golfers — Chad Kubes (220), Ash Patel (227) and Ty Kennedy (233) — also participated as individuals.
Next up for the Warriors is the CCAA Men's Golf Championships at Napa's Silverado Resort, April 18-20.
Stanislaus' Kron shuts down #29 Cal Poly Pomona in twinbill split
Chalk this one up as another great Jordan Kron start as the junior right-hander threw another complete game, this time over No. 29 Cal Poly Pomona in the Warriors' doubleheader split on Sunday.
More than 23 hours after the originally scheduled first pitch time for the three-game set, the series finally got started Sunday afternoon as Stanislaus State and Cal Poly Pomona each took a game on a dark, overcast, but dry day in Turlock.
The Warriors (17-15, 9-12 CCAA) won game one 10-1 and the Broncos (22-12, 14-8 CCAA) took the nightcap 6-3.
Kron threw yet another gem by utilizing the defense for his fourth complete game of the season to improve to 6-3. Kron gave up just one run on five hits, struck out two and walked one in the tidy outing. He's now gone the distance in three of his last four starts — and in these three complete game outings, he's allowed just one earned run in 27 innings.
On Sunday, Kron also got the run support as the Warriors used two four-run innings for the win. Aldo Koutsoyanopulos went 3-for-5 and drove in four runs, including a two-run double to highlight the four-run seventh. He also drove in a run in the four-run first inning and doubled in a score in the eighth.
Patrick Mulry stayed hot with a 3-for-4, three-run game, followed by a double in the second game while nearly missed a three-run bomb over the manual scoreboard. The team's leading hitter increased his season total to 35 hits and a .337 batting average. He's now 9-for-17 in the last five games.
After the Broncos plated a run in the second on a groundout, Kron cruised to out-duel CPP's Michael Koval. At one point he retired 11 of the 12 batters he faced, then finished the game with 12 consecutive outs. Only two Broncos reached base after Pomona scored that run in the second.
In the nightcap, Pomona scattered 12 hits, including a two-run homer to deep left-center field by Daniel Pitts to get the split. Jason Padlo went 3-for-4 and Nicholas Bruno was 2-for-4 in the second game to lead the Broncos. Padlo also had two hits in the first game for a five-hit day.
Kyle Nixon led Stan State with two hits, including a double while Mulry and Scott Stetson both also doubled to lead the Warriors. Stetson stole home in the first inning for a rare play to tie the game at 1-1.
Stanislaus State will travel to take on Cal State Dominguez Hills next weekend.