Pack puts Daniel Tinlin in closer spot |

Pack puts Daniel Tinlin in closer spot

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Former STHS athlete picks up first two saves in series with Utah Valley

If last weekend’s series is any indication, then former South Tahoe High pitcher Daniel Tinlin has taken over as the closer for the Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team.

Tinlin, a junior right-hander, picked up his first two NCAA Division I saves during a four-game series with Utah Valley.

Tinlin retired the only two batters he faced in the ninth inning March 27 to preserve a 7-5 victory against Utah Valley. Eight of Tinlin’s 13 pitches were for strikes.

The Pack stretched out Tinlin a bit two days later when he pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, securing an 11-7 triumph against Utah Valley.

Nevada (11-15) started a four-game series against Louisiana Tech on Friday in Ruston, La.

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Tinlin is 1-0 with two saves and is third on the team with a 3.31 earned run average.

Rice making mark with javelin at Cal Poly

Ian Rice has assumed the role as Cal Poly’s top javelin thrower.

Rice, a sophomore from South Lake Tahoe, was runner-up March 14 in head-to-head meet with Fresno State.

His best toss was 178 feet, 7 inches, less than six feet behind winner Peter Krumeich of the Bulldogs.

The San Luis Obispo, Calif., school won the meet 106-94.

At the Cal/Nevada Championships last weekend in Los Angeles, Rice finished 14th out of 25 javelin competitors. His best throw was 178-8, less than three feet from a scoring mark for his team.

Yarrow’s batting average on the rise

As the weather heats up, so is Stephen Yarrow’s batting average.

The former South Tahoe High baseball player has raised his University of San Francisco batting average 30 points over the past week and is now hitting .255 with four homers and 15 RBI.

Yarrow, a sophomore, blasted a home run in the Dons’ 5-4 victory Wednesday against CSU Bakersfield. He finished 2 for 4 with two RBI.

Gonzaga took two of three games from the Dons last weekend as the clubs opened their West Coast Conference seasons. Gonzaga sandwiched 10-2 and 6-4 victories around an 11-4 San Francisco victory. Yarrow had two singles and an RBI in the series finale. In the Dons’ victory, Yarrow stroked a single and scored a run in three plate appearances.

Cal beat San Francisco 4-3 on Tuesday. Yarrow knocked in the Dons first run with a double and led the team with two hits.

The Dons (12-17) opened a three-game home series against St. Mary’s on Friday. Game times are 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Roberts wins third straight match

Sacramento State freshman tennis player Jimmy Roberts is seeing more action for the Hornets as the season progresses.

Roberts defeated Idaho State’s Andres Mancero 6-2, 6-3 Thursday during a Big Sky Conference match won by the Hornets 6-0 in Pocatello, Idaho.

He defeated Derek Carpenter 6-4, 7-5 in the Hornets’ 6-1 victory against Ball State on March 28 in the Boise State Invitational.

Roberts, a 2008 South Tahoe High graduate, has won his past three matches for the Hornets.

Sacramento State takes a 15-5 overall record and 7-0 Big Sky mark into Saturday’s match against Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. The Hornets currently are on a 23-game conference winning streak.