COS baseball coach wins 500th game

Jody Allen is 500-351-3 in 20 seasons as College of the Sequoias baseball coach.

The combined six-hit shutout pitched by Erick McRae and two relievers in College of the Sequoias’ 2-0 victory over Modesto in a single-elimination play-in game Tuesday did more than just extend the Giants’ run in the Northern California regional baseball playoffs — it also gave coach Jody Allen a milestone win.

Allen, already the school’s winningest coach, improved to 500-351-3 in his 20 seasons at Sequoias. Allen is a former Hoover High, Kings River Community College and Fresno State player who has led the Giants to 11 playoff appearances and five top-20 finishes since replacing Al Branco as coach in 1994.

The Giants (20-17) advance to a best-of-3 series at No. 2-seeded Sierra starting Friday. Fourth-seeded Fresno City is hosting No. 13 Laney.

Fresno City baseball player Jackson Glines gives oral commitment to Michigan

Jackson Glines

Fresno City College outfielder Jackson Glines (Yosemite) gave an oral commitment to Michigan on Wednesday morning.

After the Rams’ 15-8 victory over West Hills on Saturday, Glines gathered his belongings and headed to Fresno Yosemite International Airport and left for a weekend visit in Ann Arbor.

Glines said he liked what he saw on campus and that was more than enough to convince him that he wanted to become a Wolverine.

The sophomore is batting .369 with three home runs, eight doubles and 18RBIs for Fresno City.

Rams’ Topoozian goes the distance in Thursday’s win

Dominic Topoozian

When Fresno City College baseball coach Ron Scott looked at Dominic Topoozian’s pitch count in the Rams’ 3-2 victory in 10 innings on Thursday over West Hills, he figured he might as well leave him in.

The freshman right-handed pitcher out of Buchanan High threw 103 pitches and struck out four, helping Fresno City to 7-3 victory in a Central Valley Conference game.

His Rams then completed a three-game sweep Saturday, with a 15-8 victory against the Falcons.

“He was in total control,” Scott said. “That’s not very many pitches for him.”

Topoozian said he’s thrown complete games before — albeit a seven-inning game for the Bears — but a 10-inning game? That was new.

“That was pretty crazy,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting to go 10 but I knew the game was close and we came back and I think he wanted me to get the win. I could’ve went 11, but it was pretty cool. I’ve never done that”

Fresno City helped Topoozian in the 10th inning by scoring four runs.

Topoozian gave up one hit in the first three innings, but the Falcons took a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning — all unearned — but after that, Topoozian settled in.

Topoozian is 5-1 with a 1.75 ERA.

Sunbirds baseball picked to finish sixth in PacWest

Fresno Pacific baseball coach Oscar Hirschkorn
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Fresno Pacific baseball coach Oscar Hirschkorn wasn’t surprised when he learned that his team was forecast to finish sixth out of 10 teams in its inaugural Pacific West Conference baseball season in a vote of league coaches.

“League doesn’t know much about us,” he said. “I didn’t think we would be put very high. That’s OK. End of the season is what matters.”

The Sunbirds, who opened the season with a three-game sweep of San Francisco State, host Cal State Stanislaus in the 2 p.m. home opener Friday.

Defending conference champion Cal Baptist is picked to repeat, picking up six of the 10 first-place votes. The Lancers are a former Golden State Athletic Conference rival of the Sunbirds, with both teams now in NCAA Division II.

Grand Canyon, under second-year coach and former major leaguer Andy Stankiewicz, earned three firsts and was picked second.

Also new to the league are Point Loma and Holy Names.

Bullard’s Pacheco, Central’s Rodriguez earn Grizzlies Hot Stove awards

Central’s Rachel Rodriguez. (GARY KAZANJIAN/THE FRESNO BEE)

Niko Pacheco of Bullard and Rachel Rodriguez from Central will be honored Thursday as the prep baseball and softball players of the year at the Fresno Grizzlies’ 52nd Anniversary Hot Stove Gala.

The Kerman baseball squad is the team of the year and the Lions’ Jay Preuss is coach of the year.

The Al Radka Award winner also will be announced during the Hot Stove Gala at the Fresno Convention Center in downtown Fresno. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The gala features  guest speakers Ryan Vogelsong of the San Francisco Giants and former Fresno State star Doug Fister of the Detroit Tigers.

As juniors last spring, Pacheco and Rodriguez helped lead their respective teams to Central Section D-I titles. Preuss’ Kerman team won the D-IV baseball title.

Selma announces 2013 Hall of Fame class

Joey Xavier, playing for Fresno State, scurries back to first base on a pickoff attempt by San Diego State in this undated Bee file photo. The former Selma High star played for the Bulldogs from 1982-85.

Lloyd Allen (baseball), Joey Xavier (baseball/football), Anthony Mosely (football/track and field), Gary Quintana (wrestling) and Selma High’s undefeated 1964 football team will be inducted into the Selma Athletic Hall of Fame on April 4.

Allen went on to play professional baseball for the California Angels, while Xavier, Mosley and Quintana all starred at Fresno State. The 1964 football team, coached by Bob Patterson, outscored opponents 278-82.

The induction banquet will be held at Selma’s Spike N Rail restaurant.

Details: (559) 891-2237.

FCC baseball fundraiser set for Saturday

The Fresno City College baseball dinner dance is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday at the Fresno Convention Center’s Old Exhibit Hall.

Cost to attend the 25th annual fundraiser, which includes a silent auction, is $125 per couple or $625 for a table of 10.

Details: Jim Rothford at (559) 422-4600, ext. 8794.