VALLEY ROUNDUP : Fifth-Inning Rally Carries CLU to Victory Over Cal Poly SLO

Kraig Anderson and Chris Matkin combined on an eight-hitter to lead Cal Lutheran to a 5-4 college baseball victory over defending Division II national champion Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in a nonconference game at Cal Poly on Monday.

Anderson (2-1), a senior right-hander, allowed eight hits and four runs in seven innings, striking out one and walking one. Matkin, who earned his second save, pitched a scoreless eight and ninth.

Trailing, 3-2, Cal Lutheran (10-4) rallied for three runs in the top of the fifth. Darnell Mitchell led off with a single, stole second and third, and scored on a sacrifice fly. Dave Leonhardt and Tim Lewis added consecutive two-out doubles and Leonard Matsumoto finished the inning with a run-scoring single.

Dan Chergey, a redshirt freshman from Thousand Oaks High, took the loss. Chergey went the distance, allowed 10 hits, walked one and struck out nine.


Rio Mesa 7, Channel Islands 6--Rio Mesa scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to record a nonleague win at home.

In the seventh, Gilbert Gutierrez walked and scored on a two-out triple to right-center by David Soliz (three for four, three RBIs). Soliz then scored the game-winner on a wild pitch.

Mike Mitchell (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the win. Carlos Rios and Angel Lopez each added two hits for Rio Mesa (3-3). Junior shortstop Dmitri Young, who has hit safely in all six of Rio Mesa's games, was one for four. Channel Islands, which has lost two in a row, is 4-2.

Birmingham 9, Van Nuys 7--Justin Bass was two for four with three RBIs in a Mid-Valley League game at Van Nuys that was called after six innings because of rain.

Jason Mansfield (2-1) struck out eight in six innings for Birmingham (4-1-1, 2-0 in league play). Hector Alvarenga and Jesus Enciso each had two hits for Van Nuys (0-2, 0-2).

Verdugo Hills 8, Franklin 7--Verdugo Hills overcame a 7-6 deficit with two runs in the sixth inning on Pat Hernandez's run-scoring single and Matt Ward's run-scoring double in a Northeastern League game at Franklin (2-4, 0-2).

Ward added a double and four RBIs and Oscar Valenzuela was three for five. Verdugo Hills is 2-2, 1-1.

Calabasas 3, Harvard 2--Bobby Mason had two of Harvard's three hits, but it wasn't enough in a nonleague game at Calabasas that was called after 4 1/2 innings because of rain. Harvard is 1-5.

North Hollywood vs. Poly (ppd. rain)--The East Valley League game will be played today at 3 p.m. at Poly.

Grant vs. Sylmar (ppd. rain)--The East Valley League game has been rescheduled for Thursday at 3 p.m. at Sylmar.

Reseda vs. Monroe (ppd. rain)--A replay date has not been set for the Mid-Valley League game.


Granada Hills d. Roosevelt, 15-3, 15-3, 15-4--Brian Herbst had nine kills to lead the Highlanders (3-0) to a nonleague win at home.

El Camino Real d. Chaminade 2-15, 15-9, 6-15, 15-8, 15-9--Brandon Wallace had 12 kills and Dean Kato added 11 to lead Chaminade in a nonleague match at home.

Kennedy d. Birmingham, 15-12, 15-10, 15-2--Eric Germansky had 11 kills and Darren Atkison had seven kills for Kennedy (2-0) in a nonleague match at Kennedy. David Richardson added 19 assists for the Golden Cougars.

Westchester d. Reseda 3-15, 12-15, 15-2, 12-15--Despite the efforts of Jeff Kent (15 kills), Scott Kent (14) and Shad Dockery (13), the Regents (0-2) fell in a nonleague match at home.

Monroe d. Narbonne, 15-8, 16-14, 15-11--Pierre Masequesmay (18 kills), Brad Packer (10) and Matt Johnson (nine) led Monroe (2-0) to a nonleague win at Narbonne.

Sherman Oaks CES d. Los Angeles CES, 15-10, 16-14, 15-11--Juan Linares had a team-high six kills to lead Sherman Oaks (1-1) in a nonleague win at home.

Marshall d. Sylmar, 15-8, 15-6, 15-7--Robert Flores had a team-high eight kills for Sylmar (0-2) in a nonleague victory at home.


Cal Lutheran 6, Washington University of St. Louis 3--Cal Lutheran won the nonconference match at home that was halted during doubles play because of rain.

Paavo Salmi, CLU's No. 1 singles player, recorded a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, victory to lead the Kingsmen (3-3).

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