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University of San Diego opens the West Coast Conference post-season tournament at Santa Clara University Saturday morning against Gonzaga.
The Toreros, 16-11 overall and 8-6 in the WCC, are seeded third but enter the tournament with a four-game losing streak. USD split the season series with Gonzaga, winning on the Bulldogs’ home court. Sixth-place Gonzaga finished the year 14-3, 5-9. Pepperdine is the top seed with Loyola Marymount second, USD third, and St. Mary’s fourth.
UC San Diego plays host to Claremont College (22-4) Saturday at 7 p.m. in the second round of the NCAA Division III championships. The Tritons (22-3), ranked third nationally, will be hosting their first playoff game ever. UCSD beat Claremont earlier this season in overtime, 97-88.
Two former San Diego State athletes, Rex Brown and Mario Mitchell, were selected as defensive backs in the World League of American Football draft. Brown, 5 feet 9 1/2 and 179 pounds, was selected in the third round by Orlando. He didn’t play football at SDSU but qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 200 meters as a junior in 1987. He also attended the Pittsburgh Steelers training camp in 1989. Mitchell (5-10, 188), played at SDSU from 1985-88. The Frankfurt Galaxy selected him in the fifth round, 45th overall.
Greg Quam’s bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted SDSU (10-4) over Cal Lutheran, 4-3, in a nonconference baseball game. Quam went three for four in the game with two RBIs and a double.
Long Beach State (8-8) scored seven runs in an inning--twice--and took a 21-3 nonconference victory over U.S. International. Mike Murphy homered for the Gulls (5-9) and David Young went two for two and scored twice.
USD swept three doubles matches to upset 12th-ranked USC in a nonconference match, 6-3. The Toreras entered ranked 14th nationally. Tonya Fuller and Julie McKeon, both losers in singles, combined to win one doubles match. Laura Richards and Kara Brady, and Margo Mullally and Laura Mannisto also scored doubles victories. Brady and Mullally were singles winners.
Lacie Mounger pitched a two-hitter and survived six errors behind her to help UCSD (4-2) score a 6-3 victory and a sweep against Stanford (9-7), which committed seven errors. Dana Chaken, Kathy Fogg and Cindy Murphy had two hits apiece in the opener to give UCSD a 6-2 victory.
Long Beach State, ranked sixth in the nation, scored an 8-0 victory over Utah State in the championship game of the San Diego State Spring Classic.
San Diego’s Jess Stayrook won $20,000 in the PBA Flagship City Open in Erie, Pa., by beating Stockton’s Walter Williams Jr., 256-207., in the title match
Amy McMahon and Jennifer Lofftus have signed national letters of intent to play next season for USD. McMahon, a 6-foot-1 middle blocker from San Antonio Lake, Ca. who attended King City High, made the all-state team and was a two-time MVP in the Mission Trail Athletic League. Lofftus, a 6-0 middle blocker from Arcadia, was first team All-American in the 16 and under division at the 1989 Junior Olympics, and last year was named to the first team Prep National High School list.