GLENDALE — The following are updates on area athletes at the collegiate level.
Chris Warters (Glendale Community College, 2006) senior first baseman, Lee University baseball: Warters and the Flames are off to another good start after reaching the National Assn. of Intercollegiate Athletic World Series last season.
The former Vaqueros standout finished with a home run, double and single to raise his average to .500 (13 for 26) in helping Lee pick up a 15-0 victory against the University of Rio Grande (Ohio) on Monday at home. Warters earlier recorded a hit, scored two runs and drove in three runs to pace the Flames to a 12-0 home win over Virginia Intermont College on Saturday.
In the first nine games, Warters has collected three homers, three doubles and a triple. He’s also driven in 13 runs and scored 13 more for the Flames, who are 9-0.
Lee will return to action Friday, opening up a four-game series against Georgetown (Ky.) College.
Brian Bistagne (Glendale Community College, 2007) senior shortstop, Lee University baseball: Bistagne, a St. Francis High graduate, has gotten off to a hot start, as well, for the Flames (9-0) this season. He hit a lead-off home run in the first inning to spur Lee to a 15-0 win against the University of Rio Grande (Ohio) on Monday.
Bistagne, a former All-Western State Conference pick at GCC, drove in a pair of runs Saturday to help Lee earn a 12-0 win against Virginia Intermont College.
He also went four for 10 with three stolen bases and five runs scored in a four-game series sweep against visiting Illinois Institute of Technology from Feb. 6-7.
On the season, Bistagne is hitting .455 (10 of 22) with 13 runs, seven RBIs and six stolen bases in as many attempts.
Kathryn Poet (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, 2007) sophomore outfielder, University of Missouri softball: Poet and the Tigers opened their season on the right note by capturing the Georgia State First Pitch Classic in Atlanta on Sunday. Missouri (3-0) posted tournament victories against Evansville, Virginia Tech and Georgia State.
Poet, a right fielder, went hitless in three plate appearances in Missouri’s 6-2 win against Georgia State. She did record a putout.
Poet, who hit five home runs last season, served as a pinch runner Saturday during Missouri’s 10-0 win against Virginia Tech that was called in the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.
She finished with one hit and one run scored to help Missouri open the tournament earlier Saturday with a 4-2 win against Evansville. Poet began the bottom of the second inning with a single to center before moving to second on a grounder. She then stole third base before scoring on another grounder.
Missouri will next compete Friday in the Florida Atlantic Tournament, which will be held Friday through Sunday in Boca Raton. The Tigers will meet Florida International and Florida Atlantic on Friday.
Marisa Samaniego (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, 2005) senior, UCLA women’s swimming/diving: Samaniego, who captured the CIF Southern Section Division I diving championship in 2005, finished second on the springboards with season-best marks in the 1M (296.93) and 3M (306.38) during a Pac-10 Conference dual meet against rival USC on Friday. The Trojans picked up a 160-140 victory.
The Bruins concluded the regular season with a record of 4-5 and 2-5 in the conference. They will next take part in the conference championships, from Feb. 25-28 in Federal Way, Wash.
CHARLES RICH covers sports. He can be reached at (818) 637-3228 or email@example.com.