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Former Bulldogs contribute at collegiate level
• Nunes named PacWest Pitcher of the Week
Callie Nunes

Former Ceres High softball teammates Sis Bates, Mahlena O’Neal, Rayohna Sagapolu and Callie Nunes helped their respective college programs this past week.

Nunes was named PacWest Conference Pitcher of the Week for the third time this year.

The Concordia University sophomore tossed her fourth no-hitter of the season on April 17.

Nunes tallied 12 strikeouts as the Eagles topped Academy of Art 4-0 and earned their 500th program victory under head coach Crystal Rosenthal’s guidance.

For the week, Nunes went 7-0 with 40 strikeouts, nine walks and a 0.22 ERA.

She leads all NCAA Division-II pitchers with 29 wins and also ranks in the top 10 with 222 strikeouts.

“Callie was Callie, making big pitches and keeping us in every game,” said Rosenthal, whose team improved to 40-6 overall and 26-3 in conference play.

Bates made history on Monday during Washington’s 7-0 shutout of host Utah Valley.

The junior shortstop became just the 12th Husky player with three 60-plus hit seasons.

She also scored or drove in a run for the 17th consecutive game.

Bates batted 1-for-3 from the plate with one RBI, one run and one walk in leading Washington past Utah Valley.

The fourth-ranked Huskies improved to 39-7 on the year.

Bates and Washington played five games in a six-day span in Utah.

The Huskies won two of three games during their April 18-20 Pac-12 conference series versus Utah.

Bates batted 4-for-4 with one double, one RBI and four runs in the Huskies’ 13-0 blowout of the Utes on April 18. It marked the second time in Bates’ career she collected four hits in a single game.

She batted 2-for-4 with one triple, two RBIs and three runs in Washington’s 11-2 victory over Utah on April 19.

She batted 1-for-3 with one RBI in the Huskies 5-4 loss on April 20.

Bates scored once as Washington routed BYU 13-3 on April 17.

Bates posted a batting average of .405 with three triples, nine doubles, 60 hits, 26 RBIs, 47 runs, 23 walks and nine stolen bases through the Huskies first 46 games of the 2019 season. She has slugging and on-base percentages of .507 and .486.

She ranks first on the team in triples, hits, runs, walks, stolen bases and on-base percentage, second in doubles, and third in RBIs and slugging percentage. 

O’Neal and Georgia won their best-of-three Southeastern Conference series against No. 8 Tennessee.

The junior catcher batted 2-for-7 from the plate with one home run, two RBIs, one run and one walk.

She walked once during the Bulldogs’ 8-0 win against the Volunteers on Sunday.

She homered, singled, collected two RBIs and scored once in Georgia’s 7-6 loss to Tennessee on Saturday.

She was hitless in her lone at-bat in the Bulldogs’ 6-2 victory on Saturday.

O’Neal had a batting average of .250 with five homers, five doubles, 31 RBIs and 13 runs through Georgia’s first 48 games.

Sagapolu and San Jose State won their best-of-three Mountain West Conference series against UNLV.

The sophomore shortstop batted 1-for-3 with two runs and one walk as the Spartans edged the Rebels 6-5 on Saturday.

San Jose improved to 29-15 overall and 9-6 in league.

Sagapolu batted 2-for-7 with one double in San Jose State’s 5-3 win over UNLV in 12 innings on Friday.

She singled during the Spartans’ 3-0 setback on Thursday.

Sagapolu hit .267 with two triples, four doubles, 11 RBIs, 20 runs and 20 walks through San Jose State’s first 44 games.