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Sports Highlights: May 2-17

UCSB-UC Irvine Opener to be Broadcast on ESPN3


It’s a serious series time for Santa Barbara’s three college baseball teams. SBCC (23-13) will host a best-of-three series against San Bernardino Valley College (26-10) at Pershing Park. If the teams split their first two games today (Fri., May 2) and Saturday morning, a deciding game will immediately follow. The winning team will advance to another round of the Southern Cal Regional playoffs next weekend.

Westmont College strengthened its argument for a berth in the NAIA National Championships by eliminating No. 2 seed The Master’s from the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament Thursday. The 6-3 victory was Westmont’s 35th of the season, a new school record. The No. 4-seeded Warriors, who lost the opener to host San Diego Christian, play another elimination game today.

UCSB, with a strong overall record of 26-11 but only 7-8 in the Big West, plays three on the road against conference leader UC Irvine (29-14, 11-1). The opener at 6:30 pm Friday will be televised on ESPN3.

Instead of circling the bases, the Mission City Brawlin’ Betties will be racing around the hockey rink at Earl Warren Showgrounds in a roller-derby bout at 5 pm Saturday.

High school spring sports are going full bore through next week. See the schedule of home games below.

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS

Friday, 5/2: Baseball – Southern California Regional: San Bernardino Valley at SBCC, 2 pm. GSAC tournament at San Diego: Westmont vs. San Diego Christian or Vanguard, 3 pm. UCSB at UC Irvine, 6:30 pm.

Saturday, 5/3: Baseball – Southern California Regional: San Bernardino Valley at SBCC, 11 am; third game, if necessary, 3 pm. UCSB at UC Irvine, 1 pm. GSAC tournament.

Sunday, 5/4: Baseball – UCSB at UC Irvine, 1 pm.

Tuesday, 5/6: Baseball – UCSB at Cal State Bakersfield, 6 pm.

Friday, 5/9: Softball – Long Beach State at UCSB (2), 12 pm. Baseball – Cal State Northridge at UCSB, 3 pm

Saturday, 5/10: Softball – Long Beach State at UCSB, 12 pm. Baseball – Cal State Northridge at UCSB, 2 pm

Sunday, 5/11: Baseball – Cal State Northridge at UCSB, 1 pm.

Tuesday, 5/13: Baseball – UCSB at Pepperdine, 3 pm.

HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS

Friday, 5/2: Swimming – Dos Pueblos at Santa Barbara, 2 pm. Boys tennis – San Luis Obispo at Santa Barbara, 3 pm. Baseball – San Marcos at Dos Pueblos, 3:15 pm; Santa Clara at Carpinteria, 3:30 pm. Softball – Dos Pueblos at San Marcos, 3:30 pm.

Monday, 5/5: Diving – Channel League Finals at San Marcos, 2 pm.

Tuesday, 5/6: Baseball – Oaks Christian at Dos Pueblos, 3:15 pm. Softball – Buena at Santa Barbara, 3:30 pm; Ventura at San Marcos, 3:30 pm; Lompoc at Dos Pueblos, 3:30 pm.

Wednesday, 5/7: Baseball – Fillmore at Carpinteria, 3:30 pm.

Thursday, 5/8: Swimming – Channel League Finals at San Marcos, 2 pm. Track and field – Tri-Valley League finals at Carpinteria, 3 pm. Boys tennis – Channel League Finals at Dos Pueblos, 3 pm. Softball – Malibu at Bishop Diego, 3:30 pm; St. Bonaventure at Carpinteria, 3:30 pm.

Friday, 5/9: Track and field – Channel League Finals at San Marcos, 4 pm. Baseball – Buena at Santa Barbara, 3:15 pm; Ventura at San Marcos, 3:30 pm.

Saturday, 5/10: Baseball – Simi Valley at Santa Barbara, 11:30 am.

Tuesday, 5/13: Baseball – San Marcos at Santa Barbara, 3:15 pm; Ventura at Dos Pueblos, 3:15 pm. Softball – Santa Barbara at San Marcos, 3:30 pm; Ventura at Dos Pueblos, 3:30 pm; Grace Brethren at Bishop Diego, 3:30 pm.

Thursday, 5/15: Baseball – Santa Barbara at San Marcos, 3:15 pm; Oaks Christian at Bishop Diego, 3:30 pm; Malibu at Carpinteria, 3:30 pm. Softball – San Marcos at Santa Barbara, 3:30 pm.

Saturday, 5/17: Track and field – CIF Division 4 Prelims at Carpinteria, 11 am. Swimming – CIF Finals at Riverside CC, 11 am.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Information for most running events: sbrunning.org.

Saturday, 5/3: Roller Derby – Mission City Brawlin’ Betties vs. Pacific Coast Recycled Rollers, Earl Warren Showgrounds, 5 pm.

Sunday, 5/4: Running – Run for Ricky 5k run/walk, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, 9 am. (Benefit for family of car crash victim Ricky Santos). active.com.

Wednesday, 5/7 Swimming and running – Nite Moves, Leadbetter Beach (every Wednesday through August 27).

Thursday, 5/15 Professional cycling – Amgen Tour of California Stage 5: Starts at Pismo Beach (11:45 am), finishes on Santa Barbara waterfront (approximately 3:45 pm).

Friday, 5/16 Women’s volleyball – USA National Team intrasquad match, SBCC Sports Pavilion, 6:30 pm.

Sunday, 6/1 – Platinum Performance State Street Mile, Pedregosa to De La Guerra.

Thursday, 6/5 Swimming and biathlon – Start of weekly Reef & Run series, East Beach (through August 28).

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