Weekend college wrap…..

Spring sports on the college front this morning. We’ll wrap up the weekend volleyball action involving Valley athletes and their club teams soon here.

Softball
Lynchburg 3, Ferrum 0 (game one, doubleheader): The Virginia rivals squared off for two to open the Hornets’ home schedule in Lynchburg, VA, yesterday, with LC scoring the shutout win in the opener. Senior Lauren Smith, from Snoqualmie and a 2013 Mount Si HS grad, was 0-2 for the Hornets, with one defensive putout playing left field.

Merrimack 5, Wilmington 0: The Warriors one-hit the Delaware team to post another win at their season-opening weekend tournament in Myrtle Beach, SC; senior Tamarra Crowe led the way for Merrimack, with the 2013 Mount Si HS grad from Snoqualmie going 1-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s pacing the Warriors to the victory. She recorded one defensive putout playing center field for Merrimack.

Lynchburg 3, Ferrum 2 (8) (game two, doubleheader): Smith was 0-2 again for LC in the nightcap victory giving them the sweep, but she was the heroine for the Hornets anyway. She, in the bottom of the eighth with a runner on second base as per international tiebreaker rules, attempted a bunt which was misplayed by Ferrum’s first baseman, allowing the Valleyite to reach first and the baserunner, teammate Leslie Bourgeouis, to score the winning run. LC is now 5-1 on the season and will resume play next weekend.

Merrimack 4, Shippensburg 2: The Warriors closed out the weekend in South Carolina on a strong note, moving to 5-1 on the season with the win over the Pennsylvania team. Crowe was 1-4 for Merrimack, who now takes a three-week break and resumes play March 11 at the Dot Richardson tournament in Florida.

Baseball
San Francisco 11, Northern Colorado 4 (game one, doubleheader): Valleyite Evan Johnson established himself with UNCo in the first of what was supposed to be two in San Francisco yesterday, with the junior, a 2014 Mount Si HS grad from Snoqualmie, hitting his first homer as a Bear in the second inning of the contest. The three-run shot accounted for most of the UNCo offense in the game, and he finished 1-4 with the run scored and the three RBI’s from the homer, which was also his first hit as a Bear. Playing left field, he recorded two defensive putouts for UNCo, who went to extras in the nightcap with the Dons but had the game suspended due to darkness. They’re going to try to finish tomorrow, as the Bears are still in San Francisco for the next couple of days.

Washington State 4, Sacramento State 3: It was a memorable college debut for WSU redshirt freshman Isaac Mullins. Mullins, from North Bend and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, pitched in relief for the Cougars, facing one hitter and getting that Hornet batter out to close the seventh inning. WSU scored three runs in the eighth to take the lead, then held on for the win in Sacramento, giving Mullins the winning decision in his first college game. Good stuff for the former Wildcat, who redshirted last season.

Fresno State 8, Oregon 3 (game one, doubleheader): Fresno smacked the Ducks in the first of two in California’s Central Valley yesterday; sophomore Carson Breshears, from North Bend and a 2014 MSHS alum, made his season debut for Oregon in the contest and went 0-2, and recorded two defensive assists playing second base in the late innings of the game.

Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 13, Seattle U. 10: SIU-E won a slugfest at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue to close out their weekend season-opening set with the Redhawks. Freshman pitcher Alden Huschle, from North Bend and a 2016 Mount Si HS alum, pitched in relief for SU, walking a hitter in the ninth inning, with no outs recorded and no decision recorded either.

Oregon 13, Fresno State 1 (game two, doubleheader): The Ducks routed the Bulldogs to take a split of the pair in Fresno, with Breshears playing both center field and second base for Oregon in the contest and going 0-1 with a walk.

Busy debut weekend for former Wildcat Done: Lost amidst all of the Mount Si alums playing in NCAA Division I this season is one finding his home with an NAIA school back in Iowa. Joe Done, who primarily was a catcher for the Wildcats, but started his college career with Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, graduated from there last spring and transferred to Northwestern College, a member of the NAIA’s Great Plains Conference. The Red Raiders opened their season on Friday and Saturday with a pair of twinbills on neutral soil in Joplin, MO, against Louisiana State University-Alexandria.

Done made his NWC debut Friday, playing both ends of that two-fer against LSU-A which opened the Red Raiders’ season, catching in the opener and going 0-3 offensively with five putouts and two assists defensively for NWC in their 6-3 loss to LSU-A, then pitching and serving as the team’s designated hitter for the nightcap. Done was 1-4 at the plate, and allowed a hit and run in 2/3 of an inning of relief, with two walks and one defensive putout, on the hill with no decision recorded. The Red Raiders won that game 10-7.

Done was 1-4 catching and playing third base in the first of two on Saturday, won by NWC. LSU-A took the nightcap of that twinbill and the Valleyite did not play that game.

They resume play Friday and Saturday with doubleheaders both days against Missouri Valley College in Marshall, MO.

Lacrosse
Snoqualmie freshman busy for UDallas men: 2016 Mount Si High School grad Tyler Smith saw plenty of work yesterday on the field for the University of Dallas men’s lacrosse team as they played in Jackson, MS, falling 10-1 to host Millsaps. In the contets, Smith recorded seven ground balls, forced two turnovers defensively and fired two shots, one on goal, for UD, who dropped to 1-1 on the season. The team opened its season on Saturday with an 8-5 win over Fontbonne of Missouri, on neutral soil at Millsaps’ field in Jackson. No stats are available from that contest, so we don’t know if Smith made his college debut in that contest.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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