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Monday, Feb 17 2014 08:14 PM

Local report: Gusbeth named WAC hitter of week

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    By Nick Ellis/ Special to The Californian

    CSUB outfielder Chance Gusbeth runs out a fly ball during Friday afternoon's game against Milwakee at Hardt Field.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    CSUB batter Chance Gusbeth, left, third base coach Jody Robinson, and base runners Ross Hough and Oscar Sanay, right, wait for a University of Milwaukee pitching change in the the 8th inning.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Cal State Bakersfield sophomore right fielder Chance Gusbeth was named Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week.

Gusbeth, from Lancaster, was 7-for-12 in CSUB's three-game season-opening sweep against Wis.-Milwaukee. Gusbeth scored three runs, had six RBIs, two walks, a double and his first collegiate home run. He also fielded eight chances without an error.

CSUB (3-0) travels to UC Santa Barbara today for a 2 p.m. game and is at UC Irvine for a 6:30 p.m. game on Wednesday.

Today is UCSB's season opener after a scheduled weekend home series vs. No. 8-ranked North Carolina State wass canceled because the Wolfpack was unable to depart from North Carolina because of icy conditions.

Irvine opened it season losing 2-of-3 to Fresno State over the weekend, falling 2-0 and 8-7 before winning Sunday 1-0.

BC player faces Chinese team

D.J. Vidal, who was Bakersfield College's leader in goals and assists last fall, played with a group of Southern California college sophomores Monday in an exhibition game vs. the Chinese national under-17 team, BC coach Scott Dameron said.

"Playing against a foreign national team is a big deal," Dameron said, adding that the Chinese team pulled out a 2-1 win with two late goals.

Vidal, a midfielder from Florida who came to BC after graduating from high school, was a first-team All-Western State Conference South Division player last fall when she led BC with eight goals and nine assists.

"She has a good reputation as a good player," Dameron said of the invitation to Vidal to play on this team.

BC golf fifth in tourney

SOLVANG -- Bakersfield College's men's golf team placed fifth out of eight teams at a Western State Conference mini-tournaments with a 403 score, one shot behind fourth-place Citrus. Canyons won with a 375.

Paul Cooper shot a 3-over-par 75 for BC's lowest score. Jeremy Choi shot 76, Jack Gilkey 81, Suraj Patel 83 and Mike Peet 89.

This was the second of eight WSC mini-tournaments on this year's schedule.

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