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Local briefs: Lakeside duo headed to D1 schools

02/28/2013, 9:14am PST
By Christopher Hadorn

Lakeside softball players Austen Urness and Alyssa Loyless are taking their bats to the next level.


This spring, the Lakeside High softball team will be fielding a heavy lineup that includes two Division-I bound players — Austen Urness and Alyssa Loyless.

During a recent signing ceremony at Lakeside, Urness committed to the University of Nebraska, while her teammate, Loyless, inked her letter of intent to Dartmouth College.

Urness, a catcher/outfielder, hit .437 with seven home runs, 25 RBIs and a .518 on-base percentage in 71 at-bats as a junior. Urness is three-time all-Sunbelt League selection and a two-time CIF Southern Section first-team honoree. She has been committed to Nebraska since her freshman year.

Loyless hit .306 with 10 RBIs, 10 runs scored and six stolen bases in 72 at-bats in 2012. The outfielder plans to study astrophysics at Dartmouth, an Ivy League institution. She earned second-team, all-Sunbelt League honors last year.


UCR men fall on road

Lorenzo McCloud scored 17 points, had three assists and three steals to lead Pacific in a 63-58 victory over UC Riverside on Thursday night.

Pacific (11-8, 5-2 Big West) took a 31-24 lead at halftime and led by as many as 15 in the second half.

UC Riverside (5-14, 2-5) out-rebounded the Tigers 31-20 but committed 18 turnovers. The Highlanders shot 52.4 percent from the floor in the game but were 13 of 18 in the second half for a 72.2 percent mark.

Chris Patton led UC Riverside with 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Taylor Johns chipped in with 12.


Pacific women rout UCR

The UC Riverside women’s basketball team fell to Big West-leading Pacific, 85-56, on Thursday night at home.

The Highlanders fall to 9-8 overall and 2-4 in conference play, while the Tigers improve to 15-3, 5-1.

UCR hit 31.5 percent from the field for the game, but just 27.3 percent from behind the arc. Pacific shot 45.7 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from the outside.

Natasha Hadley led the Highlanders with 14 points, while Chelsea Jacoby added a career-high nine. Four players scored in double-figures for Pacific, led by 14 from Kendall Rodriguez and McKenzie.


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