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‘Niner Notes: April 9

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Baseball: Errors sink Dirtbags in pitching duel

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Devin Lohman’s two-run home run in the ninth cut the UC Davis lead to one, but the three unearned runs the Dirtbags surrendered earlier in the contest proved to be one to many in a 3-2 loss Friday.

Long Beach State’s Drew Gagnon (3-4) pitched 5.2 innings and allowed four hits while striking out four as neither team scored through the first five innings of play.

UCD finally broke the deadlock in the sixth inning. A hit batter and a walk gave the Aggies a pair of runners, and with two outs, an error on a ground ball scored both runners to put Davis in the lead 2-0. The next inning, Paul Politi scored after a pair of Dirtbag errors and a third unearned run made the score, 3-0.

The Aggies’ Dayne Quist (5-2) moved through eight innings with no score, but after coming back for the ninth inning, Brennan Metzger led off the inning with a double, and two batters later Lohman cracked his first home run of the season to cut the lead to 3-2.

Matthew Lewis then entered the game for UCD and picked up the last two outs to collect the save.

Due to poor weather forecast for Sunday, the remainder of the series was rescheduled as a doubleheader to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday morning.

Women’s Basketball: 49ers land four on All-Academic team

Four Long Beach State women’s basketball players were named to the 2009-10 Big West Winter All-Academic team on Thursday.

Seniors Lauren Sims, Brett Timmons and Ally Wade, and sophomore Tipesa Moorer all made the All-Academic team.

Sims was the team’s second-leading scorer at 11.6 points per game and led all 49ers with a 38.9 3-point field goal percentage. She also set an LBSU single-season record with 68 3-pointers made.

Timmons finished the season averaging 2.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in 13.9 minutes per game. She netted a career-high 13 points at Texas-Pan American and a season-best nine rebounds against UC Davis. This is the second BWC all-academic honor for Timmons.

Wade, a three-time Big West All-Academic selection, averaged a career-high 11.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per outing in 2009-10. She reached double-figures 17 times, including four 20-plus point games.

Moorer finished the season averaging 6.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. She recorded her first double-double with a career-high 21 points and 10 rebounds at Pacific.

To be eligible for the All-Academic team, student-athletes must maintain a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average, have attained a sophomore standing academically and competed in at least 50 percent of their team’s contests.

Track and field: 49er men win Big West Challenge, women place third


The 49er men’s track and field team won its third consecutive Big West Challenge Cup with 213 points, while the 49er women finished third (120.50) Friday evening at Anteater Stadium.

The Beach collected six first-place performances and set nine lifetime bests.

The 49ers took the top two spots in the 400-meter hurdles with Sam Jeter finishing ahead of the pack at 51.79 seconds, while Kenneth Medwood claimed runner-up honors, clocking in at 53.04.

Nimrod Piggee won the 110-meter hurdles, posting a lifetime-best and the seventh-fastest mark in school history at 14.19.

Richard Crawford captured the 100-meter dash title, notching a personal-record and Big West qualifying mark of 10.88. Crawford also took second in the 200m with a lifetime-best 21.80.

Alex Freitas posted a second-place performance in the 800m with a time of 1:50.58. Matt Maldonado established a personal-record 3:46.48 as he placed second overall in the 1500-meter run. Maldonado’s mark stands as the third-fastest time in school history. 

Steven DeCastro topped his lifetime-best in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a mark of 9:17.43 for runner-up honors.

The men took second in the 4×400 relay with a time of 3:14.39.

Over in the field events, Medwood won the long jump with a season-best 23-09.50, while Danny Bang made it a one-two finish for The Beach with a career-long 23-02.

In his 49er debut, Eric Nowell grabbed first place in the triple jump with a Big West qualifying mark of 48-02. He also took fourth in the long jump (21-05.25).

Alex Black posted a runner-up finish in the high jump, clearing 6-08.75.

Cesar Puga led the 49er throwers as he was a dual winner, claiming the shot put and discus titles. Puga tied his season best in the shot at 53-05, while notching a distance of 178-06 in the discus.

Rajan Bains added second-place performances in the hammer (181-00), shot put (52-04), discus (162-00) and javelin (162-04). Bains, who was already a Big West qualifier in the shot put, discus and hammer, added a conference qualifying mark in the javelin.

On the women’s side, Randi Hicks and Alex Shaw led the 49er throwers as they took first and second in the javelin. Hicks won the event for the third time this season, recording a distance of 159-06.

Shari Harris was LBSU’s top finisher in the hammer, placing fourth with a season-long 144-04. Alexandra Cervantes was not far behind in fifth as she also notched a season-best 144-03.

Kayla Kamaka claimed the pole vault title with a height of 11-07.75.

Both Katrina Graves-Johnson and Tayler O’Connor reached a season-high tying 5-07 in the high jump to finish second and third, respectively.

Jennifer Rodriguez took third in the 3000-meter steeplechase, establishing the fourth-best mark in LBSU history with a time of 11 minutes, 11.42 seconds.

LBSU next heads to the Mt. SAC Decathlon-Heptathlon, April 14-15. The 49ers will also compete in the Mt. SAC Relays (April 15-17) and host the Beach Invitational from April 16-17.



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