COLLEGE UPDATE:

GLENDALE — The following are updates on area athletes at the collegiate level.

Chris Hertz (St. Francis High, 2005) senior outfielder, California Lutheran University baseball: Hertz, who attended Glendale Community College, has gotten off to a fine start this season for the Kingsmen. Through Sunday, Hertz is batting .462 (12 for 26) with one home run and eight runs batted in.

In 10 games, Hertz has recorded four doubles and a team-leading nine stolen bases in nine attempts to go along with a .622 on-base percentage. Hertz collected two hits in a 13-4 road loss to University of the Redlands in a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest on Friday.

Hertz’s lone home run came during Cal Lutheran’s 6-4 conference road win against Occidental on Feb. 20. He hit a lead-off solo homer in the third inning to give the Kingsmen a 3-0 lead.

The Kingsmen are 7-6 and 2-4 in conference.

Brett Kanda (Flintridge Prep, 2005) senior, UNLV men’s golf: Kanda, a La Crescenta resident and a former All-Area Boys’ Golfer of the Year, recently helped the Rebels win their third title of the season. Kanda and UNLV, ranked 23rd in the country, won the John A. Burns Intercollegiate on Feb. 19 at Leilehua Golf Course in Wahiawa, Hawaii. UNLV topped Texas A&M; in a playoff.

Kanda finished tied for third with a nine-under-par 207 after shooting a six-under-66.

The Rebels carded a 14-under-par 274 through 54 holes to find themselves tied with the Aggies, who are the defending national champions, at 28-under 836. The Rebels edged the Aggies on the first playoff hole to win the 15-team event.

Sean Elliott (Crescenta Valley High, 2009) freshman pitcher, University of Indianapolis baseball: The right-hander and former All-Area member has made a pair of appearances for the Greyhounds without registering a decision. His latest came Saturday in relief. Elliott allowed three runs, four hits and struck out one in 4 2/3 innings in a 10-7 loss to host Georgia College.

He did enjoy a quality collegiate debut during a 3-2 loss to Columbus State on Feb. 21. He got five outs, including three strikeouts, in relief.

The Greyhounds are 6-4.

Helen Suarez (Glendale Community College, 2007) senior guard, Cal State Monterey Bay women’s basketball: Suarez and the Otters saw their historic season conclude Tuesday. She collected seven points and a pair of assists in a 77-56 loss to Humboldt State in the first round of the California Collegiate Athletic Assn. Tournament in Arcata.

Monterey Bay finished with a program-record 18-7 overall record and went 14-8 in conference.

In 25 games, Suarez averaged 9.8 points and four rebounds per game. She led the teams in assists with 71 and tied for first in steals with 29. Suarez contributed 99 rebounds.


Get in touch CHARLES RICH covers sports. He can be reached at (818) 637-3228 or charles.rich@latimes.com.

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