Sunday, March 15, 2015

Grubbs Helps CSUS To Strong Start; Wilburn Shines At Menlo

In his freshman season playing baseball for Sacramento State, Bronson Grubbs is already making a mark in the outfield for the Hornets. Grubbs, a graduate of Pleasant Grove High School, has played in or started 15 of Sac State’s first 18 games.

Though he’s hitting just .178, his quickness is being shown by the fact he leads the Hornets with five stolen bases in six attempts.

He isn’t worried at all about his batting, either. 
Hornet OF Bronson Grubbs

“It is a lot different than high school, it’s a lot more exciting baseball,” Grubbs said. “I’ve been hitting the ball hard. I need to stick to the same approach (Coach) Reggie (Christiansen) teaches us every single at-bat and I’ve been hitting the ball.”

Despite the fact he was a shortstop at Pleasant Grove, he’s been primarily in centerfield at Sac State.

“I’ve been playing outfield the last couple summers, so I feel pretty comfortable playing outfield,” he said.

Grubbs wasn’t initially a scholarship player out of high school, but Christiansen liked him well enough to assure him of a roster spot if he walked on.  Grubbs turned down opportunities offered elsewhere to stay at home in Sacramento and that decision has proven to be a good one.

“I like the program a lot and I will do well here,” he said.

The defending Western Athletic Conference champions are 10-8 thus far splitting four games at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo last weekend. He thinks there’s a good chance the Hornets will repeat as conference champions and return to the NCAA playoffs for a second year in a row.

“We’ve got a lot of good pitchers on this year’s team,” he said. “Our defense is really good. Our hitting, well, we’re not a power team. We’re more of a line-drive-hitting team.”

This weekend they’ll open the WAC schedule with four games at home against Texas-Pan American.

Wilburn Pitches Menlo To Second Win

Former Elk Grove softball pitcher Kimberly Wilburn pitched seven strong innings last Thursday to hand Menlo College a 3-2 win over Hope International. That was just the second win this season for the Oaks, who picked up another victory Saturday and are now 3-11 overall.

In eleven appearances and seven starts thus far, Wilburn is 2-6 with a 7.50 ERA. 

Larson Places In Top Ten, Again

For the second week in a row Kyle Larson has finished in the top ten of a NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

After starting in 12th place at the poll of the Camping World 500 in Phoenix on Sunday, Larson worked his way forward to fifth place with 20 laps to go, but ended up in tenth place. The week before in Las Vegas Larson drove the #42 Target Chevrolet to an eighth-place finish.

“I worked hard all day to get a top ten,” Larson tweeted after Sunday’s race. “Not by best track so a top ten is okay, but we need to get better. Congrats to Kevin Harvick, you’re unreal.”

Harvick who won Sunday in Phoenix took the checkered flag in Las Vegas the week before. He’s now finished either first or second in the last seven Sprint Cup races.

Larson’s teammate with Chip Ganassi Racing, Jamie McMurray, was second Sunday.

This weekend NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series will race in the Auto Club 400 at Fontana, Cal.

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