Jason Cohen, the Pierce College first baseman and one of the top junior college hitters in California, said Friday he has made a commitment to play at Pepperdine next season.

Cohen, who played at El Camino Real High and redshirted at USC two years ago, is among the Western State Conference batting leaders with a .383 average. He has two home runs and 22 runs batted in.

He played third base last season and batted .376 with four home runs and 37 RBIs to help the Brahmas win their second consecutive WSC title.


Cohen will rejoin former Pierce teammates Erik Martinez and Robby Welles at Pepperdine.


Defending state men’s volleyball champion Pierce College will play host to the Southern California regionals on Monday.

The Brahmas (15-3) will face Golden West (10-6) in a semifinal match at 10 a.m. and Grossmont (12-5) will meet Santa Monica (8-9) at 1 p.m. The winners play at 7 p.m. for the right to advance to the state championships May 7-8 at West Valley College in Saratoga.

Pierce and Long Beach City tied for first place in the WSC with a 13-3 record. The teams split their two conference matches but Long Beach City beat the Brahmas, 13-15, 15-9, 15-13, 15-11, in a playoff match Wednesday to determine the WSC’s top-seeded team and automatic qualifier to the four-team state tournament.


The semi-annual Cabrini Open tennis tournament gets under way today and will continue Sunday and next weekend at Cabrini Villas.

Prize money of $2,000 will be distributed in the Open Division, which includes Bruce Manson (second at Ojai last week), Dexter MacBride (second at Teaching Pros Division of the Lipton), Pierre Marshall (head pro at Northridge Tennis Club and formerly ranked No. 5 in France) and Danny Nahirny (No. 2 at UCLA last year).