SCOREBOARD

FRIDAY, MARCH 27
BASEBALL
PCAC
at Myers Field
Palomar 2, Imperial Valley 0

SOFTBALL
PCAC
at Palomar field
Palomar 10, SD City 0

MEN'S SWIMMING
PCAC
at Joan Kroc Center
San Diego
Palomar 141, Grossmont 108

WOMEN'S SWIMMING
PCAC
at Joan Kroc Center
San Diego
Grossmont 167, Palomar 97

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL
PCAC
at San Diego Mesa College gym

SD Mesa def. Palomar 25-26, 25-18, 25-20, 25-18

RECENT PCAC SCORES, STANDINGS AS OF JAN. 27, 2015

SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, MARCH 28
WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD
at Choc Sportsman Oval
Aztrack Sports Deck
San Diego State University
37th Aztec Invitational, Final day, 9 a.m.

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BETANCOURT TAKES 3RD IN STEEPLE AT 37TH AZTEC INVITATIONAL

SAN DIEGO (3-27-2015) -- Palomar's Jessica Betancourt ran an 11:30.07 to place third in the Invitational Women's 3,000-meter Steeplechase at the 37th Aztec Invitational on Friday.

Ruth Steinke from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota won the race in 10:56.74, followed by San Diego State's Elaine Ribeiro in second place with an 11:19.15.

Bettancourt took third by 5.10 seconds over the fourth-place finisher, Kyra Burke of Loyola Marymount University.

Palomar's Sarah Martinez finished ninth in the race with a 13:15.13.

The Comets' De'ondra Young finished eighth in the Open Division shot put finals , getting out 38 feet, 2.25 inches. Palomar teammate Sinone Everet was 12th at 36-00.25.

The Open Division winner, Alex Porlier-Langlois of the University of Hawaii, had a 49-05.50.

Young (146-02) placed 11th and Everet (140-10) finished 15th in the Open Division hammer throw. Amber Panapa from Azusa Pacific University won with 183-04 throw.

Most of the three-day meet is being conducted at Choc Sportsman Oval at San Diego State's Aztrack Sports Deck. The hammer throw was contested at UC San Diego.

COMETS REMAIN NO. 2 IN STATE SOFTBALL RANKINGS

GLENDORA (3-25-2015) -- Palomar remains No. 2 in the state rankings compiled by the California Community College Softball Coaches Association.

College of San Mateo (29-0) retains its No. 1 ranking, followed in the Top Five by the No. 2 Comets (19-1-1) and No. 3 Cypress (19-4).

STATE SOFTBALL POLL
California Community College Softball Coaches Association
1. College of San Mateo (29-0)
2. Palomar (19-1-1)
3. Cypress (19-4))
4. Tie) Mt. SAC (23-4)
4. (Tie) Canyons (16-4-1))

6. (Tie) Sierra (23-4)
6. (Tie) Consumnes River (17-7-1)
 
9. West Valley (20-4)
10. Sacramento City College (17-7)

PALOMAR GOLFERS WIN AS SIMS MEDALS WITH EVEN-PAR 72

SAN JACINTO (3-24-2015) -- Palomar won a six-way Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's golf match on Monday with a 383 at Saboba Springs Golf Club.

The Comets' Connor Sims medaled with an even-par 72 on the 6,668-yard course.

Nick Bellstrom shot a 75, Zack Wagner 76, Brian Helmuth 80, Mitchell Kwee 80 and Christian Guerzon with the throw-out score, an 89.

Following the Comets, who advanced to 23-2 in the conference, were College of the Desert with a 387 score, host Mt. San Jacinto with a 405, Cuyamaca at 4217, Victor Valley at 418 and El Camino at 423.

PC REMAINS NO. 2 IN SOCAL, NO. 4 ON COAST IN BASEBALL

SAN MARCOS (3-16-2015) -- The Palomar baseball team retains its No. 2 ranking in Southern California and No. 4 on the Pacific Coast.

The Comets still trail only Fullerton, a team they defeated twice, in the Southern California poll conduced by the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association.

They trail No. 1 San Joaquin Delta, Fullerton and Tacoma Communith College of Washington in the American Baseball Coaches Association's junior college Pacific Associations Division rankings.

Palomar is the third-ranked California team in the Pacific Associations poll, which includes teams from Southern California, Northern California, Oregon and Washington.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA POLL
California Community College Baseball Coaches Association --

1. Fullerton College (15-5), 2. Palomar (17-4), 3. Cypress (14-5), 4. Oxnard (13-4), 5. Santa Barbara City College (14-5), 6. Riverside City College (15-5), 7. Rio Hondo (15-4), 8. College of the Canyons (12-6), 9. Orange Coast (13-9), 10. Southwestern (13-6)

PACIFIC ASSOCIATIONS POLL American Baseball Coaches Association -- 1. San Joaquin Delta, 2. Fullerton (15-5), 3. Tacoma (Washington), 4. Palomar, 5. Fresno City College, 6. Santa Ana, 7. Treasure Valley (Oregon), 8. Cypress, 9. Santa Rosa, 10. Oxnard

DONAHUE TO NCAA DIV. II NATIONAL SEMIFINALIST W. GEORGIA

CARROLLTON, Georgia (2-24-2015) -- Palomar end Dylan Donahue, the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year last fall, has accepted a football scholarship to the University of West Georgia.

The Wolves (12-3) reached the semifinals of the 2014 NCAA Division II national playoffs where they lost 10-7 to eventual champion Colorado State-Pueblo, a 13-0 winner over Minnesota State University-Mankato in the national championship game at Kansas City, Kansas.

Donahue, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound sophomore from Billings West High School in Billings, Montana, committed after returning from his recruiting trip to West Georgia on Sunday. His most recent visit prior to West Georgia was to Colorado State.

Despite missing one game and parts of three others because of an injury, Donahue led the 7-4 Comets with 64 tackles last fall and had 10.5 sacks for 104 yards, 22 tackles for loss for 144 yards, 1 broken-up pass, 6 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 1 blocked kick.

Previously:

Cornerback Javante O'Roy committed to Texas State (NCAA Division I FBS, 7-5 record in 2014). O'Roy's High School: Antelope (Antelope, CA)

Defensive tackle Joe Naoala committed to Montana State (NCAA Division I FCS, 8-5 record in 2014). Naotala's High School: Army-Navy Academy

Linebacker Austin Wolff committed to Portland State (NCAA Division I FCS). Wolff's High School: Fallbrook

Receiver M.J. Bailey committed to Idaho State (NCAA Division II FCS, 8-4 record in 2014). Bailey's High School: San Marcos

Deep Snapper Jared Sargent from the 2013 team committed to Azusa Pacific (NCAA Division II, 10-1 record in 2014). High School: Temecula Valley

Slot Receiver / Punt Returner Damon Nolan committed to Baker University (NAIA, 8-3 record in 2014). High School: Murrieta Valley

(UPDATED AT 2:30 P.M. ON SATURDAY, MARCH 28

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BASEBALL: Palomar 2, IVC 0

ABOVE: Palomar's Jake Barnett, who threw eight shutout innings to beat Imperial Valley on Friday, follows through on a pitch. The Comets won 2-0 and Barnett advanced to 4-1 on the season. -- Photo by Philip Farry. BELOW: Francis Christy, who went 3-for-4 for the Comets.

Barnett pitches Comets to 20th win of season

SAN MARCOS (3-27-2015) -- Palomar sophomore left-hander Jake Barnett brought his "A" game with him Friday, and that was exactly what the Comets needed as they held off Imperial Valley 2-0 at Myers Field.

Barnett pitched eight shutout innings, scattering five hits, as Palomar ran its current win streak to six games, its season's record to 20-4 and its first-place Pacific Coast Athletic Conference record to 11-1.

Barnett struck out eight and walked none as he ran his record to 4-1. Anthony Balderas and Rusty Huber pitched the ninth inning, with Huber coming on with two outs and the bases loaded to get the final out of the game on a groundball back to the mound.

Francis Christy paced a 10-hit attack for the Comets, going 3-for-4 and stealing a base. Joey Cooper was 2-for-4. Balderas, Niko Holm, Grant Chase and Chris Stratton each added a hit.

Palomar scored the only runs of the game in the fifth inning on a one-out walk to Jordan Gardner, Christy's single through the right side, a throwing error by IVC's pitcher, Balderas' RBI single through the left side and Dylan Breault's sacrifice squeeze bunt to the pitcher.

BOX | SEASON STATS

SOFTBALL: Comets 10, Knights 0

ABOVE: Palomar's softball team stands at attention during the national anthem on Friday. Once they took the field to begin the game, the Comets run-ruled San Diego City College 10-0 for their 18th straight victory. -- Photo by Philip Farry. BELOW: Summer Evans, who pitched two-hit ball for four innings to run her record to 15-1

PC keeps run-rule wins coming, blanks City

SAN MARCOS (3-27-2015) -- Palomar's state No. 2-ranked softball team got a combined shutout from Summer Evans and Kristina Carbajal on Friday, and the Comets' hitters again had their way with opposing pitchers in another run-rule victory.

The Comets pounded visiting San Diego City College 10-0 for their 18th straight victory. They're 21-1-1 on the season and are 12-0 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

Evans pitched two-hit ball over the first four innings, striking out nine and walking one as she advanced to 15-1 on the season. Palomar scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth to set up the mercy rule after Carbajal blanked the Knights in the top of the fifth.

Sara Rodriguez went 2-for-3 for the Comets with her second home run of the season, a solo shot in the second inning, and an RBI double. K.K. Fronda (2-for-3, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs) and Maci Lerno (2-for-2) also had multiple-hit performances.

Palomar grabbed control of the game early, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first when Fronda doubled, Brooke Huddleson walked, Fronda scored on a wild pitch and Iesha Hill, Rodriguez and Carbajal followed with three straight RBI hits. Hill and Rodriguez doubled. Carbajal singled.

Leading 5-0 after Rodriguez' HR in the second inning, the Comets added their five runs in the fourth with Lerno's single, Fronda's two-run double and Leah Gordon's run-scoring single supplying the punch and City adding to its own demise with errors in the inning.

SWIMMING: Palomar vs. Grossmont

Farley, Houston lead PC men past Griffins

SAN DIEGO (3-27-2015) -- Getting double victories from Rich Farley (left) and Andrew Houston (right), Palomar's men's team swam to a 141-108 win over Grossmont on Friday at the Kroc Center to up its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference record to 2-1.

Farley won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:00.86 and the 500 free in 5:06.67. He also teamed with Evan Dean, Landon Van Horn and Joe Cain to capture the 200 freestyle relay in 1:30.37 to cap the team victory.

Houston placed first in the 100 backstroke with a 1:00.86 and won the 200 back in 2:18.16 as Ryan Rodriguez and Jonathan Baker finished second and third to complete a 1-2-3 sweep in the event.

Hayden McCauley (11:01.09 in the 1,000 freestyle) and Ryan McCauley (2:05.01 in the 200 freestyle) were Palomar's other men's winners.

Palomar won both relays in the women's meet, with Paulina De Haan and Morgan Brown adding individual victories, De Haan with a 1:04.41 in the 100-yard backstroke and Brown with a 1:06.38 in the 100 butterfly.

De Haan, Lucy Gates, Brown and Kendyl Mundt swam a 1:59.40 in placing first in the 200 medley relay. Andrea Fairbanks, Chelsea Sommers, Gates and Natalie Viescas won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:29.25.

BASEBALL: Comets 15, IVC 3

ABOVE: Palomar catcher Francis Christy tags out Imperial Valley's Hector Mellos trying to score from second base on a single for the third out in the top of the first inning at Myers Field on Thursday. Left fielder Jordan Gardner threw Mellos out at the plate. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Gardner, who also went 2-for-3 with an RBI double, a single, a squeeze bunt that drove in two runs, two runs scored and a stolen base. BELOW RIGHT: Joey Cooper, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI and three steals.

Palomar starts slow, finishes with blowout win

SAN MARCOS (3-26-2015) -- Palomar's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference baseball leaders started slowly on Thursday, then exploded for eight runs in the sixth inning and four more runs in the seventh to smack visiting Imperial Valley 15-3.

Along the way, the Comets ran their record to 19-4 on the season, 10-1 in conference.

IVC banged out five hits in the first inning to lead 2-0 and was tied with the nationally 12th-ranked Comets at 3-3 through the first 5 1/2 innings at Myers Field. Then the roof fell in on the Arabs in the bottom of the sixth and Graham Gomez, the second of four Palomar pitchers, came on with two outs in the top of the third and pitched 3 1/3 shutout innings, allowing one hit, as he ran his win-loss record to 3-1.

Left fielder Jordan Gardner, first baseman Anthony Balderas and rightfielder Grant Chase supplied a huge chunk of the Comets' offensive production on the day, going a combined 6-for-10, scoring five runs and driving in 10 runs between them.

Gardner, who got the Comets' out of what had turned into a nightmare first inning by gunning down the Arabs' Hector Mello trying to score from second base on a single for the third out, went 2-for-3, doubled to drive in a run, singled, drove in two runs on a squeeze bunt in the eight-run sixth, scored two runs and stole a base.

Balderas went 2-for-3 with a run-scoring double, a two-run single and a sacrifice fly. He drove in four runs and scored two runs.

Grant was 2-for-4, and had two hits and three RBIs in the big sixth inning. He ignited the inning a double to right that drove in a run, then added a two-run single later in the inning.

Then there was designated hitter Joey Cooper, who was 2-for-3, drove in a run and stole three bases.

Third baseman Niko Holm also had a multi-hit day, singling twice and driving in a run.

Alec Salcedo, Dylan Breault and pinch-hitters Brian Boomhower and Brayden McCoy also had singles.

Adam Estermyer and Matt Flake, the third and fourth pitchers of the afternoon, closed out the Arabs by pitching hitless, scoreless ball in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.

Palomar had to overcome a series of big defensive plays by IVC's second baseman Fernando Sanchez. Jared Espinoza and Javier Vasquez each had two hits for the Arabs.

The two teams will play again on Friday at noon on Myers Field.

BOX

SOFTBALL: Palomar 9, IVC 1

TOP PHOTO: Brooke Huddleson triples in the first inning to help ignite Palomar's 9-1, run-rule softball victory over visiting Imperial Valley on Thursday. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Kali Pugh gets high five from coach Lacey Craft as she rounds third base on her eighth home run of the season. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Comets run-rule Arabs; Pugh is 10-for-last 11

SAN MARCOS (3-26-2015) -- Returning state Player of the Year and first-team National Fastpitch Coaches Association Player of the Year Kali Pugh is 10-for-11 in her last three games after she went 3-for-3, slugged her eighth home run of the year, tripled, hit a sacrifice fly and drove in four runs Thursday against Imperial Valley.

 The state No. 2-ranked Comets run-ruled the visiting Arabs 9-1 in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game as they upped their record to 20-1-1, 11-0 in the PCAC.

Summer Evans (14-1) threw one-hit ball over the first four innings, allowing a single unearned run, to notch the pitching victory. Kristina Carbajal came on in the fifth and final inning to retire the Arabs without a hit.

Palomar banged out 14 hits. Leadoff hitter K.K. Fronda (2-for-4, triple, 3 runs scored), Brooke Huddleson (2-for-3, triple, double, RBI), Stephanie Koishor (2-for-3, RBI) and Maci Lerno (2-for-3, 2 runs scored) also had multiple hits behind Evans.

Iesha Hill, Sara Rodriguez and Carbajal each added a single.

Palomar will host San Diego City College at 3 p.m. Friday.