By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Cal State Bakersfield tuned up for the women's basketball portion of this week's Western Athletic Conference Tournament by beating Utah Valley 66-51 Saturday afternoon in the Icardo Center.
The win concludes the regular season for the Roadrunners (18-10 overall, 12-4 WAC), which finished second in the conference.
The game was a preview of the WAC Tournament's first-round matchup at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, when Bakersfield will again face Utah Valley (7-22, 4-12 WAC), this time in the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
CSUB had a 28-27 lead at halftime and took the lead for good on Tyonna Outland's layup with 18:05 left in the game.
The lead ranged from 4 to 8 points until Bakersfield had a 12-4 spurt that made it 57-45 with 3:39 left. The lead remained double-digits the rest of the way.
Utah Valley was hurt by 26 turnovers, which CSUB converted into 24 points.
Melissa Sweat had 13 points and Outland scored 12 to lead a balanced CSUB attack. Sweat and Outland added eight rebounds apiece.
Sam Loggins, a 6-foot-5 sophomore center, had 13 points and guard Katie Kuklok added 12 for the Wolverines.
Portland beats CSUB in 9th
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The University of Portland rallied for the game's only run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Cal State Bakersfield 1-0 in non-conference baseball.
CSUB starter Austin Davis retired the first two batters in the ninth before hitting a batter with a pitch. Davis then walked the next three batters to score the game-winning run.
CSUB had only one hit through eight innings against Portland starter Kurt Yinger, a leadoff double by Soloman Williams in the sixth. Yinger, who didn't walk anyone and struck out 11, was chased after Ross Hough doubled to lead off the ninth.
But pinch-runner Joey Sanchez was stranded at second when the Roadrunners (6-8) were retired 1-2-3 by two Portland relievers.
The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was rained out and was rescheduled for 1 p.m. today. Portland is 4-10.
Local advances in tennis
Local qualifier Marc Johns defeated Arshak Ghazaryan of Armenia, 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday in the qualifying tournament for the $15,000 ThreeWay Chevrolet Cadillac Bakersfield Tennis Open at Bakersfield Racquet Club.
The other local qualifier, unseeded Tim Roe, was beaten 6-1, 6-1 by No.16 seed Colin Altamirano.
In other first-round action, 7th seeded Adam Chadaj of Poland moved past Zachary Fremin, 6-0 6-0. Kenneth Tao upset 8th seed Jimmy Roberts, 7-6, 6-3. The top 6 seeds, including top seed Damaon Gooch of the U.S., will all see action today.
Johns will play at noon. The tournament, which runs through March 16, features players from 20 countries. Matches begin at noon today. Admission is free.
BC loses to Mission in baseball
SYLMAR -- L.A. Mission College held Bakersfield College's baseball team to one run over the final six innings in a 9-4 Western State Conference South Division win.
Rolando Martinez had a double, scored a run and had an RBI for BC. Kaidan Meadows also scored and drove in a run. Zach Tanner had two hits for BC (6-9, 2-1 WSC).
Fresno rallies past Taft
Fresno City scored four runs in the eighth inning to rally for a 6-3 victory over Taft College in Central Valley Conference play.
The Cougars (5-13, 1-8) led 3-2 after scoring three unearned runs in the seventh. Loren Cutolo's RBI-double capped the rally for Taft.
CSUB splits in sand volleyball
IRVINE -- Cal State Bakersfield opened its sand volleyball season by splitting two matches, beating Irvine Valley College 5-0 and losing to No. 6-ranked UCLA 3-2.
Mariah Alvidrez and Shayna Guitare at No. 2 and Sara Little and Dankia Youngblood at No. 5 gave CSUB its wins vs. UCLA, and they also teamed up for victories vs. Irvine Valley.
The teams of Molly O'Hagan-Debora Araujo, Julia Bowen-Hazel Perrins and Sydney Haynes-Lisa Bartsch had the other wins vs. Irvine Valley.
CSUB softball tops UNLV
Karissa Veiga went 3 for 4 with two runs scored to lead the Roadrunners to a 4-1 victory over the Runnin' Rebels.
Karysn Guzman was 2 for 3 with an RBI, and Briana Pontecorvo and Amy Ricciardi added two hits apiece for CSUB (3-17).
Kelsie Monroe (2-8) notched the win, allowing just one run on six hits in six innings. She walked two and struck out four.
Lyndsay Klimenko record her first save with a scoreless seventh.
Warriors hold off Jam
SANTA CRUZ -- The Bakersfield Jam shot just 33-percent from the field in a 98-92 loss to the Santa Cruz Warriors at Kaiser Permanente Arena.
Ike Digou led Bakersfield with 19 points and 16 rebounds before fouling out with five minutes left in the game.
Dwight Buycks also scored 19 points for the Jam, but was just 1 for 7 from beyond the 3-point line.
Cameron Jones had a game-high 26 points for Santa Cruz, including 12 points in the fourth quarter.
Trailing 96-86 with 33 seconds left, the Jam threatened late when Markeith Cummings paid back-to-back 3s to cut the Warriors' lead to 96-92 with 19.9 seconds to play.