Area college roundup: Callan Johnson, LCU bullpen shut out Regis

Callan Johnson allowed two hits over seven innings and No. 16 Lubbock Christian University turned the tables on Regis, shutting out the Rangers 3-0 Sunday in the finale of a season-opening baseball series that pitchers dominated.

 

Johnson struck out seven with no walks. The junior righthander from Idalou was making his LCU debut after spending his first two seasons at Midland College. He struck out the first two batters and retired the first 10.

Regis got a runner to third base with two outs in the seventh on a single and an errant pickoff, but Johnson got Chris Kobar on a fly ball to end the inning.

Conley Green and Nick Hooper pitched an inning apiece in relief, finishing up a three-hitter. Green gave up a hit and struck out the side in the eighth, and Hooper worked a three-up, three-down ninth on 10 pitches for his first save.

Regis (3-1) won the first three games of the series 5-0, 4-1 and 1-0. Rangers starters took no-hitters into the seventh inning of the first two games and wound up with one-hitters. Regis held LCU to four hits in Saturday’s 1-0, 10-inning game.

LCU snapped the slump Sunday with 10 hits. Leadoff-batting second baseman Logan Nethercot went 2 for 4, scoring the first run and driving in the last with a sacrifice fly.

Nethercot and Andrew Pratt singled to start the home half of the first, and Nethercot scored on Dillon Drury’s groundout.

The Chaps tacked on two runs in the fourth. James Hardberger walked, took second on Andres Negron’s one-out single and came home on Braden Hayward’s base hit. Keaton Greenwalt’s infield hit loaded the bases for Nethercot, whose fly to left brought in Negron.

LCU avoided being swept in a four-game series for the first time since 1994.

SPC basketball

South Plains College, sitting second in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference, plays New Mexico Military Institute at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Roswell, New Mexico.

South Plains (16-7, 8-3) is coming off an 80-60 home loss Thursday to Howard College that dropped the Texans three back in the loss column from No. 5 Odessa College (21-2, 10-0), the WJCAC leader.

NMMI (15-10, 5-6) upset South Plains 79-73 at Levelland in the first round of WJCAC play.

Broncos guard Trevelin Queen leads the WJCAC in scoring at 26.0 points per game, though he’s missed the last two games, and Texans guard Jordan Brangers is the conference’s sixth-leading scorer at 16.0 per game.

 

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