Bergman at scoreless best

Glendale News Press

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

Christian Bergman (St. Francis High, 2006) UC Irvine baseball: With the Anteaters pushing toward the postseason, Bergman is rounding into top form.

He displayed it on Friday, twirling eight shutout innings in leading Irvine to a 5-0 home win against UC Riverside. Bergman allowed six hits and two walks, while striking out five. It also continued a scoreless innings streak that now sits at 15 1/3 .

Bergman owns a 7-3 record with a 4.21 earned-run average over 18 appearances and 14 starts. He's struck out 67 and walked 13.

Heading into Tuesday's tilt with USC, Irvine was 34-18.

The Eaters are also 14-7 in the Big West Conference, in which they conclude play with a weekend series against Long Beach State. Bergman's scheduled to start on Friday against the Dirtbags.

Jesse Meaux (Glendale High, 2007) UC Santa Barbara baseball: Meaux was outstanding in his May 19 start, tossing a complete-game gem to defeat UC Irvine, 2-1.

In his second career complete game, the former Nitros standout allowed eight hits and two walks. The only run he allowed came in the ninth inning.

For his performance, he was also named a College Baseball 360 Primetime Performer.

His latest start came Sunday, as he allowed four runs in seven innings during the Gauchos' 9-8 loss to UC Davis.

Nonetheless, Meaux is having a solid season.

While UCSB has struggled to the tune of a 21-30 record and a 7-14 Big West Conference record, he's gone 8-3 with a 4.57 ERA. Meaux also has two saves.

Lee Pope (Crescenta Valley High, 2006) baseball: senior, Washington Adventist baseball: Pope received recognition as a 2010 USCAA Honorable Mention All-American after putting together a terrific season despite Washington Adventist going just 9-22.

He led the team with 29 runs scored and 31 batted in, as well as with 20 walks.

The first baseman also put up a slew of other stellar numbers with a .389 batting average, a .789 slugging percentage, 37 hits and 10 home runs.

Brett Kanda (Flintridge Prep, 2005) UNLV golf: UNLV's men's golf team, ranked 12th in the nation, advanced to the NCAA Championship finals for the first time in four years after finishing in a third-place tie at the NCAA San Diego Regional on Saturday.

The team shot a 22-over 886.

Kanda, a La Crescenta resident, was the No. 5 player for the Rebels, tying for 57th overall at 15-over 231 during the three-day tournament.

Through 34 rounds of golf in the 2009-10 season, Kanda is averaging a score of 73.32, fourth-best on UNLV, and has finished in the top 20 in four tournaments.

The NCAA championships begin on June 1 in Ooltewah, Tenn.

Baillie Kirker (Crescenta Valley High, 2009) freshman, Arizona softball: The three-time All-Area Softball Player of the Year is struggling at the plate as of late, but Arizona is still going strong, heading into its host Super Regional where it will take on Brigham Young University in the best-of-three series.

Arizona advanced from the Tucson Regional on Sunday with a 10-6 win over Hofstra.

The Wildcats are 46-11.

Kirker has played and started in 51 of those games, but has just one hit over the last seven. Her average stands at .188 with 24 hits, 23 runs, 26 runs batted in, 26 walks and seven home runs.

Her fielding at first base hasn't suffered, however, as she's committed just three errors on the year and holds a .990 fielding percentage.

Amy Bishop (Glendale High, 2008) sophomore, California softball: Bishop and the Golden Bears, winners of seven straight, are headed to Athens, Ga. for the NCAA Super Regionals, where 11th-seeded Cal will take on Georgia on Friday.

Cal (44-17) advanced from the Columbus Regional, where it blasted Ohio State in the championship, 7-0, on Sunday.

Thus far, Bishop, the multiple-time All-Pacific League and All-Area selection has seen action in 17 of her team's games, starting in two.

She's yet to get her first hit of the season in seven at-bats, but still has a .300 on-base percentage. She's drawn a walk, been hit by a pitch twice and has an RBI and a run.

In the field, she's been flawless, tallying a 1.000 fielding percentage with 26 putouts and three assists.

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