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By Casey Christie / The Californian
By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Cal State Bakersfield sophomore Bryce Hammond went 1-1 on Thursday and is still alive in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
Hammond bounced back from a first-round loss to beat North Dakota State freshman Hayden Zillmer 9-2 in the first round of consolations. Hammond built a 7-0 lead by the middle of the third period and coasted from there.
Hammond, who went 1-2 in last year's NCAAs, lost an 8-2 decision to fourth-seeded Mike Evans of Iowa in the first round Thursday morning.
Hammond, who is not seeded, is 21-12 this season.
He advances to face Rider sophomore Conor Brennan this morning in the second round of consolations.
Taft College won at Porterville, 4-1, to improve its record to 7-13 overall and 3-8 in the Central Valley Conference.
Bakersfield College lost 9-6 at L.A. Valley.
The Renegades are 8-12 overall and 4-4 in the Western State Conference South Division.
BC softball falls to Valley
VAN NUYS -- Los Angeles Valley College rolled to a 13-2 softball win over Bakersfield College in a game stopped after 4-1/2 innings because of the eight-run rule.
BC (6-14 overall, 2-5 Western State Conference Blue Division) scored in the second when Brenna Vasquez doubled and Marisela Gonzales singled.
In the BC fifth, Maddie Arambula had an RBI double to score Vanessa Moralez, who had walked.
Vasquez went 2 for 3.
Jam roll, beat Vipers
HIDALGO, Texas -- Ike Diogu led Bakersfield with a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Central Division leader Rio Grande Valley.
The Jam completed their recent road trip 3-0.
The Jam put on an offensive explosion in the first half as they shot 61 percent from the floor, including 11 of 18 from behind the arc, and scored a season-high in first half points with 75. Bakersfield led by as many as 22 points in the second quarter, but the Vipers cut that lead to just four points in the third (97-93).
With momentum on the Vipers side, Bakersfield held their ground and managed to get back on track as they increased their lead back to double-digits (16) in the fourth.
The closest Rio Grande Valley got was within eight points late in the game.