On its home course, the Stanislaus State men's golf team performed to par as the Warriors posted their best team finish result of the season over two glorious days at the Turlock Golf and Country Club.
Led by team-leader Jeff Yamaguchi, the Warriors finished second, behind only winner California Baptist at the 45th Annual Hanny Stanislaus Invitational on Tuesday. The Warriors scored a 289 in Tuesday's final round to surpass Cal State East Bay and finished ahead of Chico State as well.
California Baptist, riding behind the solid play of four Lancers in the top 20 captured the team championship with a 7-over, 871 team score. The Warriors were just six strokes back at 877. Cal State East Bay (879), Chico State (880) and Concordia Portland (886) rounded out the top five in the field of 14 teams.
Ben Hallam of CBU shot an impressive six-under in the final round to win individual medalist honors with a four-under 212 tournament total. Yamaguchi was second at 2-under, 214, followed by Cal State East Bay's Declan Illingsworth (215).
Hallam and Yamaguchi went head to head in the final round on Tuesday, played in the same group as the lead-pairing. Yamaguchi turned out just two birdies shy of Hallam's tally, 7-5. Yamaguchi also had two bogeys to start the back nine. The duo were teammates at Reedly College two seasons ago.
For Stan State, the second place was the team's best during the 2017-18 season. It was also the Warriors' second consecutive top five tournament finish this spring.
Two other Warriors also made the top 20 in the leaderboard. Chad Kubes was four-over 220 for 13th and Jahaan Nargussi finished strong with an one-under round three for a six-over 222 total in 17th. Tim Sauer (224) and Michael Jura (226) also figured in the team scoring.
Playing as individuals were Haytham Yousif (232), Conner Chuhlantseff (237) and Brad Sparrer (242).
The Warriors will be off until April 23 for the first round of the CCAA Men's Golf Championships, at Butte Creek Country Club in Chico. Stan State will be looking to defend its conference championship title.
Garvin powers Stanislaus softball to win, series sweep
Aliyah Garvin's grand slam homer in game two answered Cal State San Marcos' four-run rally as the Warriors completed the Saturday doubleheader and series sweep over the visiting Cougars.
Just as when it appears CSUSM may finally get a win to avoid the sweep with a four-run fourth, the Warriors responded with a five-run home half of the frame en route to a 10-9 series finale victory. Stanislaus State won game one 3-1 with the top four hitters in the lineup doing all of the damage.
The Warriors, winners of four straight and 8 of last 9 games, improved to 22-14 overall and 13-9 in the CCAA. They have moved into sole possession of fourth place in the standings, trailing third place Sonoma State by 1 1/2 game. Sonoma State is Stan State's next opponent with a four-game series in Turlock, April 6-7.
Garvin, who homered in Friday's nightcap, changed the game with one swing in Saturday's series finale. Trailing 5-2, Garvin worked the count to 3-2 before hitting another line-drive homer to left to make it 6-5. For the game, Garvin went 3-for-4 with six RBI and for series, she was 6 of 15 with 10 RBI, a double and two homers. She also accounted for 13 of the team's 19 runs in two days.
Stan State added on four more runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it 10-5, but CSUSM didn't go away. The Cougars, trying hard to avoid the four-game sweep, pushed for four more runs on four hits in the sixth to challenge the Warriors.
Lindsay Cerulle and Rae Camez each had two hits for Cal State San Marcos (8-29, 4-23 CCAA) in the game.
Kristin Borst pitched well in the first five innings before trouble in the sixth. She earned the win in the circle in game one and Kylie Ragsdale was the winner in relief in game two.
The Warriors batted .327 while posted a 2.50 ERA against the Cougars in the series.
The four-game CCAA sweep over two days is the Warriors' first at home since taking all four games against CSUSM back in Feb. 19-20, 2016. The Warriors also beat Cal State East Bay four times that season but the doubleheaders were a month apart due to weather. In 2017, the Warriors swept Cal State Dominguez Hills in four games on the road.