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Local colleges roundup: UNLV golfer leads Mountain West tourney

UNLV senior Kevin Penner shot 1-over-par 72 on Saturday and is tied for the individual lead after two rounds of the Mountain West men’s golf championship at the Catalina Course at OMNI Tucson National Resort in Arizona.

Penner, New Mexico’s Gavin Green and San Diego State’s Riccardo Michelini are tied at 3-under 139 with 18 holes left. Penner had four bogeys on the front nine, then played the back nine at 2 under.

The Rebels shot par 284 and are third at 3-over 571. Two-time defending champion San Diego State and sixth-ranked New Mexico are tied for the lead at 563.

UNLV’s Kurt Kitayama is tied for 13th at 144, Carl Jonson is 17th at 145, AJ McInerney is tied for 19th at 147, and Nicholas Maruri is tied for 24th at 149.

Patrick Armstrong homered and Justin Jones drove in four runs to lead UNLV to a 9-2 baseball victory over Fresno State at Wilson Stadium.

The Rebels (30-16, 13-10 Mountain West) had 11 hits and 11 walks against eight Bulldogs pitchers. Leadoff batter Joey Swanner was 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs, and Brandon Bayardi was 2-for-2.

Jones hit a three-run double in the second inning, and Armstrong homered to lead off the third. UNLV added two runs in the sixth and three in the seventh.

Rebels starter Buddy Borden improved to 6-1 this season, allowing two runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. Brady Zuniga pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, giving up two hits and striking out three, to pick up his fourth save.

UNLV will go for a sweep of the three-game series at 1:05 p.m. today, with Brayden Torres (0-0, 2.50 ERA) making his first career start.

Makenna Weir hit a two-out grand slam in the sixth inning off Amanda Oliveto to power Boise State to a 9-7 softball victory over UNLV at Eller Media Stadium.

After giving up five runs in the first, the Rebels (20-28, 6-8 Mountain West) rallied to take a 6-5 lead after four innings. But Weir got the best of Oliveto in an eight-pitch at-bat, giving the Broncos a 9-6 lead.

Katie Uriarte, Tayler Van Acker and Pauline Monreal each had two hits for UNLV, which scored five unearned runs.

Rebels starter Francesca Foti lasted only one-third of an inning, allowing five runs on six hits and two walks.

Five College of Southern Nevada pitchers allowed a total of five hits as the Coyotes rolled to 11-1 victories over Colorado Northwestern in a Scenic West Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader at Morse Stadium.

In the first game, Cory Welch hit a three-run double in an eight-run fifth inning to end the game on the run rule. Bobby Shiroky finished 2-for-3 with four RBIs. John Conguy and Tyler Condie combined on a two-hitter.

Morgan Stotts went 4-for-4 with a home run, three runs and two RBIs to lead a 17-hit attack for CSN (38-15, 26-10 SWAC) in the second game, which was called in the sixth inning because of the run rule. Chevas Numata went 3-for-4 with a homer, three RBIs and three runs.

AJ Daley, Wes Grass and Welch combined to three-hit Colorado Northwestern, which fell to 6-50 overall and 2-34 in the conference.

Alashanee Medina pitched a two-hitter in the first game, and Tiffani Taylor homered in both games as the College of Southern Nevada swept Western Nevada in a Scenic West Athletic Conference softball doubleheader at Russell Road Complex.

Medina struck out five with no walks and allowed an unearned run in a 7-1 victory. Taylor hit a two-run homer in the fifth, and Jasmine Fukuda had three hits.

In the second game, Taylor hit a two-run homer in a four-run second inning as CSN rolled to an 8-2 victory. Kalei Adams doubled home three runs in the fifth for the Coyotes (33-25, 26-21 SWAC).

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