By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Cal State Bakersfield split a Western Athletic Conference doubleheader Friday afternoon at Kansas City, losing the first game 9-3 and winning the second game 5-4.
Jessica Castaneda's three-run home run in the first inning, her fourth of the season, helped CSUB (15-37-1, 4-10 WAC) build a 4-0 lead by the second inning and Castaneda scored the winning run in the seventh inning on Madison Bundy's RBI double.
Katie Kelley of Kansas City pitched a complete game to win the opener and hit a pair of home runs in Game 2.
JC track and field
ANTELOPE VALLEY-- Bakersfield College had a strong showing at the Western State Conference Championships with several qualifying for the Southern California championships.
The Southern Cal Championship prelims are May 2-3 in Riverside, and the finals the following weekend also in Riverside.
Qualifiers for the women were: Jade Gridiron in the 100 (5th, 12.25), Natalie O'Dwyer in the 400 (1st, 57.51), Jessica Campbell in the 800 (2nd, 2:21.10) and Leah Thouroux (4th, 2:24.46), Alecia Torres in the shot put (1st, 42-9) as well as the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.
Juan Calderon was the Renegade men's lone qualifier, placing second in the 800 (1:56.18).
BC falls in baseball season finale
SANTA CLARITA -- Bakersfield College concluded its baseball season with a 9-5 Western State Conference South Division loss against College of the Canyons. BC finishes 14-22 overall and 9-12 in the WSC.
BC's Rolando Martinez had three doubles and scored twice and Erik Williams hammered two doubles, a single and a stolen base.
BC led 4-1 in the second inning, but Canyons (19-16-1, 15-6 WSC) scored four in the fourth and pulled away with three in the seventh.
In Taft, Reedley College broke open a close game with six runs in the top of the sixth and went on to hand Taft College a 7-3 Central Valley Conference loss in both teams' season finales.
Taft finishes 16-20 overall and 10-14 in the CVC.
Adrian Rodriguez went 3-for-3 for the Cougars.
CSUB water polo
LOS ANGELES -- No. 2-ranked UCLA beat Cal State Bakersfield 12-3 in the first round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation water polo tournament.
Taylor Hanson had two goals for the Roadrunners (12-21), both on penalty shots. Janelle Shelby had the other goal. Freshman goalie Courtney Wahlstrom had 17 saves and three steals. UCLA is 24-3.
Bakersfield Jam forward Ike Diogu was named the 2014 NBA Development League Impact Player of the Year, as voted by the NBA D-League's 17 head coaches.
The award is given to a player who joined an NBA D-League's team's roster after Dec. 5, and goes to the player who made the greatest contribution to his team's success after his acquisition.
Diogu (6-8, 255, Arizona State) joined the Jam on Dec. 11 and went on to lead the team in scoring (18.6 ppg) and rebounding (9.8 rpg) in the team's subsequent 42 games, 33 of which he started.
He led the team in scoring in 16 contests, including in seven of the team's final 10 games of the season.
Sanchez signs with Cal Poly
Former Centennial High standout Lisa Marie Sanchez signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Cal Poly next season. The 5-foot-3 sophomore earned first-team All-America honors and co-state player of the year honors as a sophomore at Ventura College after helping the Pirates to the state title.
Sanchez averaged 16.9 points, 7.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game, shot 41.6 percent from 3-point range and had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.6 in 2013-14, leading the state in both of the latter two categories.
CSUB women's golf
MESA, Ariz. -- Cal State Bakersfield finished with a 357 team score and is in eighth place after the opening round of the Western Athletic Conference tournament at Longbow Golf Club.
Malea Miller was CSUB's top scorer, an 8-over-par 80 to tie for 11th place.
Other CSUB scores: Jordanne Barr 91, Chandler Bullman and Michelle Martei had 93s and Micah Lopez shot 95. Idaho's Leilanie Kim (73) leads by one stroke.