The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 18, 1997 · Page 36
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D4 SUNDAY, MAY V7,1997_ V COLLEGE BASEBALL SPORTS THE SAUNA JOURNAL Chico State tops FHSU By The Journal Staff CHICO, Calif. — Chico State, the No. 2-ranked team in NCAA Division II, jumped to an 8-2 lead, then had to rally for a 13-11 victory over nth-ranked Fort Hays State Saturday afternoon in the West Regional Tournament. The two teams played another game late Saturday night. A Chico State victory would eliminate the Tigers and send the Wildcats on to this week's NCAA Division II World Series in Montgomery, Ala. A Fort Hays State victory would force another game today at 3 p.m. (CDT). Chico State led 5-0 after two innings, but home runs by Jerry Valdcz and Steve Ysac in the third made it 5-2. Chico State extended its lead to 8-2 with three runs in the fourth against Tigers' starter Jason Jennings. Jennings, a Salina South product, gave up 12 hits and eight runs, seven earned, in 3% innings. Fort Hays made it 8-4 with two runs in the fifth on Valdez's second home run of the game, but the Wildcats tacked on two more in the bottom of the sixth to lead 10-4. Fort Hays made it interesting by scoring three in the seventh and three in the eighth to tie the game 10-10. Nate Field's two-run single highlighted the eighth-inning rally. Chico State scored three in the bottom of the eighth when Field walked two Wildcats batters with the bases loaded and Rich Gregory hit a sacrifice fly. Field singled home a run in the top of the ninth, but the Tigers' rally stalled. Vonley Frey (1-1), the third of four Tigers' pitchers, took the loss. John Soldate, the third of three Chico State pitchers, picked up the victory. Field was 5 for 6 with three runs batted in. Valdez had two hits and four RBI. Ryan Lopez and Ryan Wasinger had three hits each for Fort Hays, which totaled 20 in the game. David Hallas went 4 for 4 for Chico State. Steve Gotowala had three hits and drove in five runs and Brian Carlson three hits and two RBI. Chico State had 15 hits. WSU eliminated From staff and wire reports WICHITA — Southwest Missouri State scored five runs in the first inning and cruised to an 8-4 victory over top-seeded Wichita State Saturday night in the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference baseball tournament. SMS (33-23) took advantage of three Wichita State errors in scoring five unearned runs in the game. The Bears hit three home runs off Shocker starter Steve Foral (10-6), who gave up all eight runs on seven hits. Marc Bluma gave up one hit the final two innings. SMS starter Rob Garola (9-4) gave up eight hits and four runs in 6 % innings. Scott Geitz finished with pitched 2% innings of hitless relief. Jeff Ryan and Aaron Abram each had two hits for Wichita State (51-16). Joey Blue hit two home runs, one a three-run shot in the eighth inning as Wichita State beat Southern Illinois 17-8 earlier in the day to advance to the title game. Ryan also hit a three-run homer for the Shockers in the second inning, and Pat Magness added a two-run homer in the fourth inning that put Wichita State ahead 9-7. Southern Illinois (23-32) got homers from Brad Benson, Jerry Hairston and Joe Schley. Greg Bauer (4-1) was the winning pitcher for the Shockers, while Jim Pecoraro (2-5) took the loss. Sooners oust MU from Big 12 tourney By The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma used the most impressive hitting display of the Big 12 Tournament to beat Missouri 16-7 Saturday and stay alive for a chance at the title. The Sooners (37-18) had 20 hits, 11 of them for extra bases. Every starter got at least one hit and scored at least a run. Corey Hart, Derek Wathan, Brian Shackelford and Justin Elsey had three hits apiece for the fourth-seeded Sooners, who advanced to play Sunday afternoon against Oklahoma State. "We got adequate pitching and swung the bats real well and got good defense," said Oklahoma coach Larry Cochell, whose team has played two solid games since losing to Texas A&M in the first round on Friday. "We had good pitches to hit^ today and the wind was blowing out, so wetnicfa good day." Pitching-thin Missouri winds up 31-27. The Tigers' starter, Jay Bell (9-6), only lasted 2% innings, allowing six runs and six hits, four of those for extra bases. A two-run single by Javier Flores was the big hit in a three-run first inning for Oklahoma. The Sooners scored four times in the third, including solo home runs by Shackelford and Casey Bookowt. Swimming / Coellner wins two golds FROM PAGE D1 ; ahead of 2:11.46 turned in by \ runner-up Kim Miller of : Lawrence, accounting for the -,", widest margin of victory in any : ; : t-;- of the 11 championship races Saturday. Coellner is only the : second swimmer in state histo- : ry to win the 200IM three times, joining Shawnee Mission East's ; Jenny Wagstaff (1978-80). Coellner was a close second at . the halfway point of the 100 ; freestyle, but took the lead a short time later and cruised in with a 52.94 time. It was her sec- f ond school record on the day, • but gave her a fairly narrow vic- • tory margin over Leaven^ worth's Lindsay Weaverling at • 53.25. "I think I was too controlled on the first 50 yards," Coellner said. "I wasn't just sprinting. I had too many things I was thinking about doing right and I just forgot to sprint." And there was that nervousness right before the race, some' thing that Coellner said sometimes gets her into trouble. "I get nervous every time I race," Coellner said. "If I'm not really nervous, then I don't seem to perform very well. But I've had times when I'm too ner- ; vous and I swim bad. Today I , was really nervous going into both those events, so I'm extremely happy with the way they came out." Coellner also surpassed her sister Devon, who won four state golds with South before taking her swimming talents to the University of Minnesota in 1993. Kelly, who will swim at the University of Alabama next year, began her high school career in 1994, but was never concerned with the possibility of swimming in her sister's wake. "It was great footsteps to follow in and she was a great example to be compared to," Kelly said of her sister. "We really would have enjoyed it if we could have swam one year together." While the top eight finishers from Friday's semifinals qualified for Saturday's championship finals, Nos. 9 through 16 competed in consolation finals. South swimmers took part in the consolation finals of two relay events Saturday, finishing first (ninth) in the 200 freestyle relay and fourth (12th) in the 400 freestyle. Sophomores Amanda Lampe and Megan Weaver, and freshman Mica Zier joined Coellner in swimming a 1:46.86 in the 200 freestyle, just off the school record of 1:46.24. The Cougars were seeded third in the conso- lation finals, but edged second- place Lawrence by three-hundredths of a second. Lampe, Weaver, Zier and Coellner also combined on the 400 freestyle relay and swam a 3:57.87. "We went faster today and that's one thing that makes me happy," Smith said. "Through the preliminaries and the finals we went faster, so we ended our season on a positive note." Overland Park-Blue Valley Northwest won its third consecutive team title with 278 points, followed by Lawrence with 224. South's 68 points was good for 13th among the 40 schools competing at Saturday's event. Hays High was 19th with 40 points and McPherson 30th with seven points. Hays High's top finish came in the 100 backstroke, where sophomores Brett Hantla and Meagan Hantla finished 1-2 in the consolation finals. Brett's time of 1:03.27 edged Meagan's 1:04.44. The Indians also finished llth in the 200 freestyle relay (1:47.90) and 12th in the 200 medley relay (2:02.31). McPherson's Jane Hultberg was 14th in the 100 backstroke (1:05.61), while teammate Katie Turner was 15th in the 200 freestyle (2:06.66) and the 100 butterfly (1:06.48). HAIL DAMAGE? SAVE MONEY • SAVE TIME • SAVE FACTORY PAINT In Business Since 1991 • Insurance Approved NO PAINT! NOBONDO! SAME DAY SERVICE IN MOST CASES! Stop By Today! CttJ Member Chamber of Commerce ated At Royal Tire Co. rd & Broadway Streets I -913-820-0300 7-foot-1 center coming to FHS By The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Center Daniel Santiago said he's decided to transfer to Fort Hays State. The 7-foot-l Santiago is leaving the University of New Mexico, where he has played sparingly over two seasons. Fort Hays State, an NCAA Division II member, won the national title in 1996 with a 34-0 record and last season was 29-2. Santiago picked Fort Hays State after also visiting Grand Canyon and Oklahoma Christian. He said he was attracted by Fort Hays' post-oriented offense and the school's winning tradition. "I just felt that they have a good tradition and I felt they needed me on the team," Santiago said Friday. "I'm hungry to play. I'm just trying to get my career going. I think it's a good move for the future... I feel better and better each day about my decision (to leave UNM)." Santiago was a member of the Puerto Rican Olympic team last summer in Atlanta. NEWS UPS sjnew5@sdjoumcil.com or ADVERTISING sjqdy@sdjourmil.com I ••- the Salina Journal PRE-MEMORIAL DAY TIRE SALE! HURRY! SALE ENDS MAY 24,1997! INSTANT SAVINGS TIRE COUPON! BUY FOUR TIRES AND SAVE... 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