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College Roundup: Sparks shines in UCI win

April 19, 2013

BASEBALL

UC Irvine 8, Pacific 4

STOCKTON — Sophomore third baseman Taylor Sparks went two for four with three runs batted it to lead the visiting Anteaters in the first game of a three-game Big West Conference series on Friday.

Chris Rabago and Jerry McClanahan had two hits and one RBI each for the Anteaters (24-10, 6-4 in conference), while Scott Gottschling had one hit and two RBIs.

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Andrew Thurman allowed four runs on six hits in 7 2/3 innings to improve to 4-3 for the 'Eaters.

The two teams resume the series Saturday at 2 p.m.

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Vanguard 5, Biola 4

COSTA MESA — Ian Sakry was three for four with one run batted in and two runs to pace the host Lions in the Golden State Athletic Conference game on Friday.

Jason Ochart, Thomas Mobley and John Collins all had two hits and one RBI for the winners (19-25, 12-19), for whom Bryce Arroyo and Ellis Whitman added two hits apiece.

Kamakani Usui allowed two runs on six hits over five innings to up his record to 4-6, while Kevin Ponzo earned his 10th save, despite giving up two runs in one inning.

Biola is 25-21, 13-18.

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WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD

Mt. SAC Relays

WALNUT — UC Irvine sophomore Paige Bushnell won her section and finished 21st among 42 competitors in the 400-meter hurdles on Friday at Mt. SAC.

Bushnell's time of 1 minute, 1.17 seconds was the eighth fastest un UCI history.

Lauren Hackney finished second in her section of the 400 in 57.59 seconds.

Sakia Sailinuu placed fourth in her section of the 800 meters with a season-best time of 2:13.40 and Marie Brashears posted a time of 2:26.22.

UCI competes in the Beach Invitational at Cerritos College on Saturday.

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Orange Empire Conference finals

SAN CLEMENTE — Orange Coast College's Camille Garcia won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 11 minutes, 56.23 seconds on the first day of the meet Friday at San Clemente High.

OCC's Sabrina Howe was third in the long jump in 16-6 1/2.

Garcia was fifth in the 1,000 in 43:06.37, one spot ahead of OCC's Nisreen Rizk (43:30.65).

OCC's Ashley Tupailesa was fourth in the hammer throw (135 feet, 1 inch) and sixth in the discus (100-7), while teammate Cassandra Jacobs was fifth (126-10) and seventh (93-2) in the same events, respectively.

Catalina Lay was seventh in the hammer throw (120-8).

Pirates Leanne Allen and Raeanna Cortez qualified first and second, respectively, in the 800. Allen's time was 2:23.79 and Cortez finished in 2:19.60.

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