Padres Renew Contracts of Four

The Padres Saturday renewed the contracts of first basemen Rob Nelson and Phil Stephenson, infielder Joey Cora and pitcher Dan Murphy, the final four players on their spring training roster who were unsigned. All 37 players on the 1990 spring training roster are now under contract.

The Padres also announced that Roger Riley has been named assistant director of media relations, filling the post vacated by Mike Swanson, who was promoted to director of media relations last week.

Riley, 30, was the lead statistician for CBS Sports for the past eight years.


Darrell Scott pitched Loyola Marymount to victories in both games of a West Coast Conference doubleheader over visiting University of San Diego. Loyola Marymount won the first game, 6-5, and the second, 4-3.

Scott (3-1) came on in the eighth inning of the first game and shut USD down. He then scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth when Chris Gomez singled to right with two out. Scott reached base on a fielding error by USD third baseman Kevin Herde. Loyola Marymount’s Miah Bradbury set a school record for doubles (62) with a first inning double. Tom Cheek (5-1) took the loss for USD.


Scott started and went the distance in the second game, stopping USD on eight hits. Joe Testa hit a bases-empty two-out home run to left-center to break a 3-3 tie for Loyola Marymount (11-6, 6-2). Lou Skertich (1-2) was the loser for USD (7-10, 4-5).

Henry Jimenez went four for nine and had three RBIs as visiting UC San Diego swept a doubleheader from Cal State San Bernardino, 7-3 and 9-7.

Dann Eaton (2-0) was the winner in the first game for UCSD (6-6), and Ernie Isola went three for four with three RBIs. Rick Rupkey (3-2) went six innings and earned the victory in the second game, and Louie Diaz was two for four with three RBIs for UCSD. Cal State San Bernardino is 3-6.

U.S. International third baseman Pat Cheek extended his hitting streak to 16 games, but the Gulls were defeated by visiting Cal State Long Beach, 15-5, in a nonconference game.

Mike Whisonant (1-5) started but only lasted three innings for USIU (5-11-1). Eric Gruben (4-0) was the winner for Cal State Long Beach (14-6).

Aztec Bill Dunckel hit a sacrifice fly to score the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead SDSU to a 4-3 nonconference victory over UC Irvine.

Catcher Eric Christopherson threw out three runners and was three-for-four with a double for SDSU (10-5). Irvine fell to 11-7. SDSU’s Rusty Filter struck out five and picked up his first victory.


Julie Evans scored 27 points, but host San Diego State was defeated by Fresno State, 93-60, in a Big West Conference game.

Dee Dee Davis (15 points) was the only other player to reach double figures for SDSU (6-22, 7-12). Simone Srubek had 27 for Fresno State (18-10, 11-7).

SDSU opens the Big West Conference tournament at 3 p.m. Wednesday against ninth-place San Jose State (4-22, 2-16) in Long Beach Arena.


Host UC San Diego, helped by 11 Whittier errors, won the first game of a nonconference doubleheader, 9-2, but lost the second, 6-0.

Stephanie Molina, Cindi Murphy and Kris Melican all had two hits for UCSD (2-6) in the opener. In the second game, Whittier’s Tammy Dietrich limited UCSD to six hits.

SDSU picked up its first victory of the season, in its second game of pool play in the UNLV tournament in Las Vegas.

The Aztecs defeated Southern Utah State, 3-2, after dropping a 3-1 decision to Cal State Northridge, and before losing to host UNLV, 2-1. SDSU’s loss to the Rebels sent the Aztecs (1-10) into the consolation round of the championship bracket.


UCSD’s Bryan Palmer finished with 18 kills, but the Tritons dropped their 13th consecutive game to host Loyola Marymount, 9-15, 15-13, 15-12, 15-13, in a nonconference match. Teammate David Fulmer added 12 kills.

For Loyola, Sio Saipaia (19) and Chris Young (17) were kill leaders. Loyola Marymount improved to 11-6. UCSD is 0-13.


San Diego State’s Tole Marinkovic and Ricardo Herrera won a third-round doubles match Saturday before losing in the quarterfinals of the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship at the La Jolla Beach Tennis Club.

Marinkovic-Herrera defeated Andy Kohlberg (Rancho Santa Fe) and Sashi Menon (Dana Point), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, before losing to third-seeded Jonathon Stark and Jared Palmer, 6-4, 6-2.

The top-seeded doubles team in the tournament, Bert Pedersen and Matt Lucena of Cal, defeated Stanford’s Alex O’Brien and Dan Turbow, 6-4, 6-1, in the quarterfinals.


Kevin Riley and Tim Todd of San Diego State tied for first as SDSU (593) won the University Division of the Southern California Intercollegiate Golf Tournament at Torrey Pines South.

Riley and Todd each shot a 197. Riley won medalist honors in a playoff.

UC San Diego’s Mike Reinhardt (149) was first and led UCSD (617) to the College Division championship. UCSD’s Bob Knee and Campbell Waldrop tied for fourth at 155.