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at Minkoff Field
vs. Irvine Valley, 3 p.m.

at Indian Canyons Golf Resort,
Palm Springs
Desert Classic Day 1, hosted by College of the Desert. 7 a.m.

at Carbon Canyon Park, Brea
Mark Covert Classic, hosted by Cal State Fullerton
Men's race,8:30 a.m.
Women's race, 9:15 a.m.

at Griffin Gym, Grossmont College, El Cajon

vs. Pasadena Ciy College, noon
vs. Chaffy, 4 p.m.

at Indian Canyons Golf Resort,
Palm Springs
Desert Classic Day 2, hosted by College of the Desert. 7 a.m.


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LEXINGTON, Kentucky / LAWRENCEVILLE, Georgia (8-19-2014) -- Palomar alum Tim Hill ran his win-loss record to 2-0 with five saves for Lexington of the South Atlantic League on Tuesday in a 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles' Demarva Shorebirds farm club.

Hill, the closer for the Kansas City Royals' full-season Class-A club, pitched the top of the 10th inning and shut out the Shorebirds without a hit at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. He struck out one batter.

Hill's performance kept the game tied at 4-4 and the Legends won with a run in the bottom of the inning.

Hill, a 6-foot-4 left-hander, saw his ERA dip further to 0.84 in 10 relief appearances for Lexington. He's struck out 14 batters in 10 2/3 innings.

Swiftly promoted to the Legends after a fast start for Idaho Falls in Rookie ball, Hill has a combined 3-1 record and 1.47 ERA for the two teams during the season. The ex-Comet has struck out 26 batters and walking 7 for 18 1/3 innings pitched.

Hill was drafted in the 32nd round and signed by the Royals in June after making third-team NAIA All-American for Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma.


Right-hander James Hoyt, one of three ex-Comets on Triple-A rosters, has made five consecutive relief appearance without allowing an earned run for the Atlanta Braves' Gwynett farm club in the International League.

In 49 games for the Double-A Mississippi Braves and the Gwynett Braves this season, Hoyt has a 3-3 win-loss record with 11 saves. He has a 3.38 ERA for the two teams and has struck out 75 and walked 23 in 56 innings.


WICHITA, Kansas (8-08-2014) -- The San Diego Waves finished one win away from the semifinals at the 80th National Baseball Congress World Series, with Palomar's Nolan Barraza playing a big part in fueling the Waves' run.

Barraza's .357 batting average in the tournament at Wichita's Lawrence-Dumont Stadium was the third highest for the Waves.

Barraza doubled and drove in a run Wednesday night of last week to help the Waves eliminate the Fairbanks Goldpanners, the Alaska League champions and six-time NBC World Series champs, 4-3.

The Waves then were eliminated one game short of the semifinals 5-1 to the Santa Barbara Foresters, which went on to win the tournament with a win over the Seattle Studs on Saturday.

Barraza and the Waves finished sixth in the tournament.

Former Comet Becker Sankey, who catches on the Division I level for Liberty University, was the Waves' second-leading hitter in Wichita with a .368 average.


SAN MARCOS (7-28-2014) -- Baseball, with 17 honorees, and softball, with nine, dominate Palomar's list of spring sports academic All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference athletes.

Five in-season athletes achieved perfect 4.0 grade-point averages -- baseball players Anthony Hernandez and Vince Mori, Rich Farley (men's swim & dive), Nicole Prohaska (women's swim & dive) and Parker Howitt (men's volleyball).

To achieve academic all-conference recognition, an athlete must complete a minimum of 12 semester units with at least a 3.0 grade-point average.

BASEBALL (17) -- Aaron Blackwell, Zach Bonneau, Cody Ells, Emilio Esquibel, Anthony Fernandez, Troy Forester, Rusty Huber, Nathan Mann, Matt Matlock, Taylor Miller, Vince Mori, Eric Sapp, Matt Silberman, Dillan Smith, Zach Wickham, Zach Wilkins, Robb Woodcock

SOFTBALL (9) -- Courtnie Brooks, Kristina Carbajal, Carlie Daniel, K.K. Fronda, Kristin George, Lizzy Hutzler, Kellie Johnston, Maci Lerno, Malin Smedberg

MEN'S SWIM & DIVE (6) -- Joe Cain, Kevin Clukey, Rich Farley, Danny Hartl, Corey Meyers, Ryan Sur

WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD (5) -- Simone Everett, Miki Kimura, Veronica Leon, Mackenzie Mahoney, Aleiha Nelson

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL (5) --Parker Howitt, Anthony Pippen, Austin Pippin, Jacob Stokes, Nick Supple

WOMEN'S TENNIS (3) -- Teresa Deanda, Angela Garcia, Remy Littrell

WOMEN'S SWIM & DIVE (3) -- Emily Foltz, Ariana Lyons, Casey Reid

MEN'S TENNIS (1) -- Evan Davis

 Vista district in 2013.


COSTA MESA  (7-16-2014) -- Former Palomar standout Jake Duffy, a 6-foot-3 guard who hasn't played since he was a sophomore for the Comets in 2011-12, will return to the court during the upcoming season at 2013-14 NAIA Division I national champion Vanguard University.

There, he'll play with former Palomar teammate Chris Gorman, the star of the Lions' 70-65 victory over Emmanuel College of Franklin Springs, Georgia in last season's national championship game at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City. Gorman had 18 points and five rebounds in the game and was selected to the all-tournament team.

Gorman, who played opposite Duffy as a guard for the Comets, averaged 15.6 points as Vanguard's second-leading scorer, 3.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists as the Lions went 32-6.

Duffy came out of Murrieta Valley High School to enjoy back-to-back outstanding seasons at Palomar.

(UPDATED AT 2:20 P.M. ON THU., 8/21/2014)



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BASEBALL: Major League Alumni Update

Vincent's scoreless streak reaches 14 games

LOS ANGELES (8-19-2014) -- With his 14th straight scoreless relief appearance out of the bullpen Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, Palomar's Nick Vincent continued on a roll for the San Diego Padres.

Vincent pitched another perfect 1-2-3 inning, striking out 1, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He hasn't given up a run in 67 days.

Vincent last allowed a run on June 11, in his last appearance before going on the disabled list with shoulder fatigue in his throwing arm. He came off the D.L. on July 23.

On the season, he's allowed only 29 hits, striking out 49 batters and walking 9, in 40 1/3 innings pitched. Vincent has a 3.99 earned-run average on the year.

Vincent's Major League career numbers: 113 innings pitched, 81 hits, 126 strikeouts, 27 walks, a 2.63 ERA, and a 9-5 win-loss record with 1 save.

HALL OF FAME: Class of 2014

There were 16 new members inducted into the Palomar Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday evening at St. Mark Country Club, the former Lake San Marcos Country Club. Back row, from left: Andy Loveland (football), Tony Burton (football), Brad Henke (football), Steve Kovensky (baseball), Anthony Bolton (men's basketball), Chris Cash (wrestling), Sandy Onweller (women's water polo). Front row, from left: Kenda Leffler (softball), Karen Floyd (contributor), Monse Naboa (women's tennis), Karin Yehling (softball), Leslie Woodstra (women's swimming & diving), Dr. Joe Brennan (men's basketball coach) and Jack Duby (wrestling). -- Photo by Melinda Finn. Not pictured: Alicia Marrone (softball), La'Koi Wooten (women's basketball)

16 new members inducted into Hall of Fame

LAKE SAN MARCOS  (8-16-2014) -- Palomar inducted 16 members of the Class of 2014, including legendary men's basketball coach Dr. Joe Brennan, Super Bowl defensive end Brad Henke and five athletes from the college's dominant softball and wrestling programs on Saturday evening at St. Mark Country Club.

The Class of 2014:

ANTHONY BOLTON (Men's Basketball, 1999-2001) -- Vista High School product Anthony Bolton was a two-time first team All-Pacific Coast Conference selection and also was first-team all-state as a sophomore as Palomar won back-to-back conference championships under head coach Virgil Watson and associate head coach John O'Neill (in 1999-2000 and 2000-2001). The 6-foot-6 small forward and point guard averaged 16.9 points and 8.2 rebounds as a freshman, averaged 19.7 points and 8.0 rebounds in his sophomore season and was second in the state in free throw percentage (.925) as a sophomore. He went on to start for two seasons for Cal State Fullerton, scoring 582 points over two NCAA Division I seasons. His .811 free throw percentage as junior ranked seventh on the Titans' all-time list. Bolton received his Bachelor's degree from Cal State Fullerton and is currently assistant boys basketball coach at Mission Hills High School. He lives in Vista.

DR. JOE BRENNAN (Men's Basketball Coach, 1957-1969) -- Joe Brennan guided the Comets to championships in the old South Central Conference in 1958-59, 1960-61, 1961-62 and 1962-63, and his 1958-59 team placed third in the California State Tournament, which had a third-place game for many years in what at the time was a Final Eight bracket. As Palomar's coach he produced such players as John Fairchild (BYU All-American, Los Angeles Lakers), Jon Stanley (BYU basketball and volleyball player, two-time U.S. Olympian in volleyball), Dr. Ted Repa (Stanford) and Jay Bunker (BYU). Doubling as the Comets' track & field coach, he coached John Tushaus, future NCAA javelin champion at the University of Arizona who went on to break the American record. Fairchild, Stanley, Repa and Tushaus all have been inducted into the Palomar Hall of Fame. As President of the California Junior College Basketball Coaches Association, Brennan was the guiding force for  the U.S. Olympic Committee's adding the California JC All-Stars to the 1964 USA Olympic Trials. Dr. Brennan later was the President of Feather River Community College in Quincy, CA. He is retired and lives in Quincy.

TONY BURTON (Football, 1992-1993) -- Tony Burton, who came to Palomar from Fallbrook High School, is the No. 2 all-time career rusher for the Comets with 2,329 yards over two seasons. He rushed for 1,066 yards and 17 touchdowns in 1992 when the Comets went 10-1 and defeated Mt. SAC 45-28 in the Simple Green Bowl in Costa Mesa. As a sophomore in 1993, he rushed  for 1,263 yards and 20 touchdowns in helping lead Palomar to an 11-0 record, a 27-25 state championship victory over City College of San Francisco on the Rams' home field and the Comets' second mythical National Championship. Playing under coach Tom Craft, Burton's single-season yardage totals still rank 2-3 on Palomar's all-time list, and his 212-yard total in a 50-13 victory over Grossmont on Nov. 13, 1993, ranks seventh on the Comets' all-time single-game list. He went on to start for UNLV. Burton lives in Temecula.

CHRIS CAIN (Wrestling, 1977-79) -- Two-time Community College All-American Chris Cain came out of Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe Springs to wrestle at 134 pounds for coach John Woods and became the first two-time state champion in Palomar's storied wrestling history in 1977-78 and 1978-79. He received a scholarship to national power Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and qualified for the NCAA Division I National Tournament in 1980-81 and 1981-82. In the 1981 National Tournament at Princeton University he lost to No. 1 seed and eventual second-place  finisher Lenny Zalesky of the University of Iowa and eventually was eliminated by the fifth-place finisher, Ken Gallagher of the University of Northern Iowa. Cain lives in La Mirada.

JACK DUBY (Wrestling, 1983-84) -- A record-setting football running back and third-place finisher in the state high school wrestling tournament for Mt. Carmel High School, Jack Duby was a two-time Community College All-American at 150 pounds at Palomar under coach John Woods. He placed second in the state in 1983 and was the 1984 state champion, posting a 34-0 win-loss record with 142 takedowns and zero takedowns against. He accepted a scholarship to LSU, then moved on to the University of New Mexico when LSU dropped wrestling. He won a conference title for the Lobos and qualified for the NCAA Division I National Tournament but had to scratch because of an injury. He received his Bachelor's degree from New Mexico. Duby's final competition was in 1995, when he placed first at the U.S.Army Wrestling Championships.  A career officer, Major Duby is an operational planner at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Lousiana.

KAREN FLOYD (Contributor, 1972-86) -- Karen Floyd, a Point Loma High School graduate, was a member of the third class ever to enroll at Palomar College in 1947-48, when the college was located on the campus of Vista High School. In the spring of 1950, shortly after the college moved to its permanent campus in San Marcos, she was among a group of students who volunteered to clear rocks, weeds and brush so the baseball team could practice and play games on campus for the first time. The location was where Myers Field stands today. After serving as a volunteer to Athletic Director Mack Wiebe and one year as a secretary in Research, Floyd was named Palomar's first Physical Education/Athletic Secretary in September, 1972, a position she held until her retirement in 1986. Floyd has continued to serve in various part-time and volunteer positions at the college for the last 28 years. She lives in San Marcos.

BRAD HENKE (Football, 1986) -- Brad Henke came out of Heritage High School in Littleton, CO and spent one season at Iowa State University prior to transferring to Palomar. He was selected to the JC Grid-Wire All-American first team on the defensive line under coach Tom Craft in 1986. He received a scholarship to the University of Arizona, earning All-Pac 10 honors at defensive end. Originally drafted by the New York Giants, Henke played for the Denver Broncos' 1989 team, appearing for the Broncos in Super Bowl XXII on Jan. 25, 1990 at the New Orleans Super Dome when they were defeated by the San Francisco 49ers. He later  played in the Arena League and the World League of American Football. In his post-football life, Henke is an actor and has appeared in the feature films Mr. Wrong, Space Jam, The Fan, Desperate  Measures, The Amateurs,World Trade Center and Sherry Baby. On television, Henke played suspected serial killer Tony Tucci in season one of Dexter and played the recurring character Bram on ABC's Lost. He has also appeared in Nash Bridges, Silk Stalkings, Chicago Hope, ARLI$$ and ER.

STEVE KOVENSKY (Baseball, 1984-85) -- Right-handed pitcher Steve Kovensky came out of Poway High School to win 18 games and strike out 129 batters for coach Bob Vetter's 1984 and 1985 Palomar teams. Kovensky is tied for fourth on the Comets' all-time career win list. He received a scholarship to Florida  State, where he pitched for back-to-back College World Series teams that went a combined 116-31 in 1986 and 1987. At Florida State, Kovensky was a teammate of Dion Sanders. In the 1986 CWS at Omaha, Kovensky came in to get the Seminoles out of a late jam in relief against the University of Arizona in a match-up of the only two unbeaten teams remaining in the tournament. Arizona won the game, but the Seminoles battled back to reach a rematch of the two teams in the championship game, in which the Wildcats won a battle of one-loss teams to capture the national championship. Kovensky was 6-1 with eight saves and 70 strikeouts in 75 innings in his two seasons for Florida State. Kovensky is now Deputy Chief in the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

KENDA LEFFLER GOOCH (Softball, 1989-90) -- Playing in the open-field era for coach Mark Eldridge, San Marcos High School alum Kenda Leffler set a Palomar career record with 19 home  runs as the Comets won 86 games over two seasons and captured two Pacific Coast Conference championships and their first state title. Leffler was a two-time California Community College State Player of the Year. A spectacular fleet-footed centerfielder, Leffler was an All-American in 1989 as the Comets went 47-6 and won the state title. In 1990, she led Palomar to a 47-6 record and a second-place finish in the state tournament. She still owns the Comets' single-season home run record of 17 and shares the all-time career mark of 19 with Kim Ward, a charter member of the Palomar Athletic Hall of Fame. Leffler went on to star for two seasons in NCAA Division I for UNLV. She lives in Sierra Vista, AZ.

ANDY LOVELAND (Football, 1991) -- Andy Loveland, a San Pasqual High School product who bounced back from Colorado State to Palomar, quarterbacked the Comets to their first state and Naitonal championships in 1991. He was the J.C. Grid-Wire's first-team All-American quarterback on a team that went 10-1 and defeated Chabot College 37-24 for the state community college title in Merced. His 3,692 yards passing that season is second on the Comets' all-time single-season list and his 465 yards passing in the state championship game against Chabot places him sixth on the all-time Palomar single-game list. Loveland threw 34 touchdown passes during the season, tied for third on the all-time list. Loveland received a scholarship to Oklahoma State, where he played quarterback in 1992 and 1993. He lives in Castle Rock, CO.

ALICIA MARRONE-McBRIDE (Softball, 1991-93) -- Alicia Marrone, a Rancho Buena Vista High School product, starred for coach Mark Eldridge's Comets in 1991 and 1993, when she was the California Community College State Player of the Year. As a freshman, she helped Palomar to a 38-10 season record, the Pacific Coast Conference title and a fourth-place state tournament finish. Following a red-shirt year, she helped lead  the way as a sophomore as the Comets went 50-3, won another PCC crown and captured the school's second-ever state title 1993. Marrone batted .429 with 18 doubles that season. She also was fourth on the Comets' all-time career  stolen base list with 30 when she accepted a scholarship to Long Beach State, where she starred for two seasons and set a school record with three doubles against Cal State Fullerton on March 7, 1995. Marrone lives in El Cajon.

MONTSERRAT NOBOA (Women's Tennis, 1987-88) -- An Ecuadorian national who attended San Marcos High School, two-time JC All-American Montserrat “Monse” Noboa was among the most successful players in Coach Nan Haugen’s Palomar tennis dynasty. As a freshman, she won Pacific Coast Conference titles in both singles and doubles and was named Conference MVP. As a sophomore, she led the Comets to a 17-3 dual-match record and second-place finish in the 1988 state dual-team tournament. That year she was also a singles and doubles semifinalist in the PCC, State and Ojai Tournaments. Noboa was recruited to Cal State Bakersfield, where she earned NCAA All-American honors in 1990. She went on to play on the ITA Pro Circuit, return to Palomar to assist Coach Haugen for five years and serve as club pro at the prestigious Rancho Valencia Resort.

SANDY ONWELLER DIELMAN  (Women's Water Polo, 2000-2001) -- A former All-CIF San Diego Section selection from Poway High School, Sandy Onweller transferred to Palomar from Cal State Bakersfield in 2000 to play water polo for coach Patti Waterman. That season, she scored 94 goals to set a school record that still stands, outdistancing the Comets' second highest scorer by 45  goals. She led the Comets to a Pacific Coast Conference title and fourth place in the California State Community College Tournament, their best-ever finish. Onweller was named to both the All-Southern California and Community College All-American teams. She transferred to San Diego State University, where she starred for two seasons. She received a Bachelor's degree from SDSU in 2005 and is now a volunteer assistant coach for the Aztecs. Onweller lives in San Diego.

LESLIE WOODSTRA LaMONTAGNE (Women's Swimming & Diving, 1983-84) -- A CIF-San Diego Section diving champion out of Mt. Carmel High School, Leslie Woodstra earned All-American honors on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards for two consecutive seasons at Palomar. She placed second in the State Community College Championships on both boards in both 1983 and 1984 for coach Patti Waterman. Woodstra also contributed points as a swimmer and helped the Comets defeat more than 40 teams  to win the Swim Pentathlon. She was named Most Outstanding for the Comets  two straight seasons. She returned to coach diving at Palomar  for 10 years. Woodstra left coaching to complete her Bachelor's degree and teaching credential in elementary education from the University of Utah. She lives in San Marcos.

LA'KOI WOOTEN (Women's Basketball, 1984-85) -- La'koi Wooten, a 6-foot forward from Crenshaw High in Los Angeles, was an MVP in Army basketball coming out of high school. She played one season at UTEP, then transferred to Palomar to play for coach Teri Bamford, a former assistant at UC Irvine, and led the 1984-85 Comets to the Pacific Coast Conference championship and the program's first-ever undefeated conference season. She was selected as conference Player of the Year as Palomar won the PCC title by four games over second-place San Diego Mesa to complete a remarkable turn-around that saw the Comets go from 0-15 in conference during the 1983-1984 season to 12-0 in 1984-85. Wooten averaged 19.5 points and 14.5 rebounds on the season against one of the toughest schedules in the state. Her 23 points and 12 rebounds kept the Comets close for most of the game in a loss to eventual California community college champion Los Angeles Trade Tech on Nov. 24, had 25 points and 22 rebounds in the Comets' first meeting with eventual state semifinalist Santa Monica College in December and had 20 points and 22 rebounds in the teams' second meeting in March as the Corsairs eliminated them from the Southern Cal Regionals. Wooten also had monster performances of 22 points and 16 rebounds vs. NJCAA power Pima (AZ) Community College, 25 points and 20 rebounds vs. College of the Desert, 32 points and 17 rebounds vs. San Diego Mesa, 28 points and 17 rebounds in a 73-46 victory over Grossmont and 23 points and 24 rebounds in an 87-37 win over MiraCosta. She also pulled down 23 rebounds against San Diego City College. Wooten was selected to an all-star team that played a series of games against  the Hong  Kong Basketball Association National Team in China, returned to play on the Division I level for United States International University and played professional basketball in Aukland, New Zealand. She later became a hugely popular rapper in Aukland.

KARIN YEHLING (Softball, 1987-88) -- A two-sport star at Carlsbad High School, Karin Yehling focused on softball at Palomar and  helped coach Mark Eldridge's Comets to a combined 75-17-1 record and back-to-back Pacific Coast Conference championships in 1987 and 1988. She was a two-time all-state shortstop and was selected to the All-State Tournament team twice. Yehling helped Palomar go 40-9 in her freshman season and 35-8-1 as a sophomore, when the Comets placed second in the state tournament. She received a scholarship to NCAA Division I power Cal State Fullerton and started 58 games for  the Titans before a late-season injury that required surgery and ended  her softball career. Yehling earned her Bachlor of Science degree at CSUF and is a successful certified personal athletic trainer. She lives in Sylmar.

View Hugh Cox's slide show of 2012-13 PC sports Pictures that was shown at the Hall of Fame dinner

FOOTBALL: Alumni Report

PC, Arizona St. alum Schwab returns to NFL

HOUSTON (8-02-2014) -- Former Palomar and Arizona State offensive tackle Brice Schwab has returned to the NFL. Schwab signed with the Houston Texans last week and has already made an impact in drills at the Texans Training Facility in Houston.

The 6-foot-7, 302-pound Schwab was with the Tampa Bay Bucaneers and the New England Patriots during the 2013 pre-season.

Schwab was ranked as the No. 9 community college recruit in the nation and the No. 2 offensive lineman by coming out of Palomar following the 2009 season when the Comets went 10-3, reached the Southern California championship game and were ranked No. 8 nationally by the JC Grid-Wire of Kirkland, WA.

Schwab originally verballed to USC, de-committed when coach Pete Carroll left the Trojans for the Seattle Seahawks and chose Arizona State over Oklahoma and Florida State, both of which also recruited him heavily. He played in nine games for the Sun Devils in 2010, red-shirted in 2011, then started all 13 games at right tackle as a senior in 2012 for a team that averaged 205.5 yards rushing, Arizona State's best total in 25 seasons.

Houston opens the preseason Saturday night at Arizona.

The other former Comet currently on an NFL roster is wide receiver Saalim Hakim, who has been clocked a 4.28 in the 40 and is beginning his second season with the New York Jets.

BASEBALL: 4-Year Signings, Commits

Palomar left fielder Matt Matlock, who has committed to NCAA Division I Grand Canyon, helped spark the Comets to their fourth straight Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship during the recent season, especially with his defense in left field. Matlock is the 19th player from the Comets' 2014 team to move on to the four-year level, and the 10th to D-I. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Matlock to Grand Canyon; 19th Comet to sign

SAN MARCOS (7-14-2014) -- Left fielder Matt Matlock has become the 19th member of Palomar's 2014 baseball team to move on to the four-year college level, committing to Grand Canyon University of the Western Athletic Conference.

He's the 10th Comet from the 2014 team to accept an offer from an NCAA Division I program. Palomar also is sending four players on to Division II and five players to NAIA programs.

Matlock, a Murrieta Valley High School product, helped the Comets go 57-25 during the 2013 and 2014 seasons as they won their third and fourth consecutive Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championships. He switched from the middle infield to leftfield between seasons and sparked the 2014 team, especially with his defense.

In his two Palomar seasons, Matlock played in 69 games, starting 59 of them. He batted .272 with 27 RBIs and had a .404 on-base percentage, reaching base 30 times on walks and 18 times as a hit batter. He stole 14 bases on 18 attempts and also contributed 15 sacrifice hits and 4 sacrifice flies.

Grand Canyon, located in Phoenix, went 30-23 in their first Division I season in 2014 and placed second in the WAC behind conference champion Sacramento State.

Palomar has a long history of sending players on to Grand Canyon. Pete Bethea, the fourth-leading career hitter in Grand Canyon history, was the starting catcher on the Antelopes' back-to-back NAIA World Series championship teams in 1981 and 1982. Randy Davila was the leading hitter for the Antelopes' 1986 NAIA World Series champions. Outfielder Kevin Snider, the son of Hall of Famer Duke Snider, and pitcher Dennis Melton helped Grand Canyon reach the 1971 NAIA World Series. Melton pitched a no-hitter for the Antelopes against Cal Lutheran that season.

PALOMAR'S DIVISION I COMMITS, SIGNINGS (10) -- CF Dillan Smith (San Jose State), RHP Zach Wilkins (Nevada), 1B Eric Sapp (University of Portland), C Zach Bonneau (University of Washington), RHP Vaughn Berberet (Long Beach State), RHP Gary Cornish (University of San Diego), OF Matt Matlock (Grand Canyon), OF Anthony Fernandez (Prarie View A&M), RHP Taylor Miller (Nevada), LHP Robert Woodcock (Purdue)

DIVISION II (4) -- RHP Cody Ells (Hawaii Pacific), RHP Troy Forester (UC San Diego), RHP Kamden Haglund (Cal State San Bernardino), C Bubba Craig (Hawaii Pacific)

NAIA (5) -- SS Dennis Morton (2013 national champion Faulkner University), RHP Emilio Esquibel (Cal State San Marcos), RHP Zach Wickham (Cal State San Marcos), RHP Michael Jordan (Vanguard University), RHP Matt Silberman (Vanguard University)

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