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Sports - April 5, 2019

Sports Shorts

ALUMNI REPORT ...Former Palo Alto High star Spencer Rojahn earned his first career collegiate baseball victory Wednesday in Rochester's 15-2 victory over Ithaca in a nonconference game. Rojahn started and tossed a one-hitter over two innings in a predetermined rotation with three other Yellowjacket pitchers who each threw three innings or less. Rojahn (1-0) walked two, hit a batter and struck out two in his longest outing with Rochester. He's appeared in four games and has a 5.40 ERA. The Yellowjackets (11-9) are 3-1 in games he's pitched. His former Paly teammate Max Jung-Goldberg opened his college career hitting safely in six of his first seven games, including three multi-hit games in his first five, for San Diego (19-10), coached by former San Mateo resident Rich Hill. Jung-Goldberg has cooled off somewhat, though he's appeared in 23 of the Toreros' 29 games, including 12 starts. He's hitless in his last 11 at bats and is still hitting .250 overall. Another former Viking is getting his feet wet with Cornell. Niko Lillios has made six relief appearances for the Big Red (6-13) entering Saturday's scheduled doubleheader at home against Brown, to be televised on ESPN Plus. Lillios, also an infielder for Palo Alto, made a successful debut. He retired the only Baylor batter he faced on a comebacker and stranded a runner. . . . Former Menlo School star Griff McGarry has become a regular starter for the University of Virginia baseball team and will make an appearance either Friday or Saturday when the Cavaliers visit Notre Dame to open a three-game ACC series on Friday. McGarry (2-3, 3.67) has been the No. 2 starter most of the year but pitched the first game of a series against North Carolina State last weekend. He went 4 2/3 innings, allowing a run on two hits and was not involved in the decision of Virginia's eventual 4-3 win. He walked five and struck out eight. The sophomore hurler, who led Menlo to a Central Coast Section title in his senior year, is currently on a two-game losing streak, though he's pitched well to win. His last victory came March 2, when he shut out Seton Hall on three hits over six innings. He struck out eight and walked five. McGarry leads the Cavaliers' starters in ERA and leads the team with 42 strikeouts over 34 1/3 innings. In 18 career apperances, including nine starts, McGarry has 64 strikeouts in 52 innings, along with 49 walks. He's 2-5, with a save . . . Dominic Cacchione, who helped Sacred Heart Prep win the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division title last year, may be able to give McGarry a scouting report on the Irish. Cacchione, who pitches for Arizona State, made his collegiate debut against Notre Dame earlier in the season, retiring the only two batters he faced. Cacchione made his first collegiate start in the Sun Devils loss to Long Beach State on Tuesday night and while he didn't last long, allowing four runs on two hits and a pair of walks among the five hitters he faced, he did earn the start after compiling a 2.67 ERA over his first seven appearances. Cacchione was a preferred walk-on at Arizona State, joining one of his best friends, Serra High alum Hunter Bishop, who has grabbed national attention for his home run hitting prowess. The pair met while playing in the Palo Alto youth system growing up. Bishop, a junior, has 26 home runs, 41 RBIs and is hitting .417 on the season for the Sun Devils (25-2). He's hit safely in 24 of his 27 games, including an on-going stretch of 18 of his past 19. Arizona State is scheduled to host Stanford (and former Gator star Andrew Daschbach) in May.

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