Dons Wrap Up the Spring Season

The Dons baseball team will head to Portland to take on the University of Portland Pilots on May 2. Photo courtesy of Chris M. Leung/Dons Athletics.

USF Athletics was in full swing last week as three teams came towards the end of their seasons. Women’s golf and beach volleyball competed away from home in the West Coast Conference (WCC) Championships, while Dons Baseball dominated at home on the Hilltop.

On Apr. 21, the women’s golf team finished second at the WCC Championships in Bramerton, Wash., finishing behind Pepperdine University and beating out Santa Clara University and Gonzaga University. Following the tournament, the league announced that three Dons, sophomore Eva Pett, and juniors Yvonne Shang and Riana Mission, were named to the WCC All-Conference Team. This marks the third year in a row that at least two Dons have earned a place on the all-conference list. This was Mission and Shan’s second straight season to be named an all-conference team member, while it marked Pett’s first time.

Following her third All-WCC mention, Mission was also selected as an individual qualifier for the Cle Elum Regional for the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I Women’s Golf Championship. Mission is positioned as the second-ranked individual in the region. The region features Stanford University, Duke University, Arizona State University, San Jose State University and others. She will be competing at the Tumble Creek Club on May 6-8.

The Dons Beach Volleyball team traveled to Santa Monica to finish the season at the WCC Championships, with three games, on Apr. 25. The Dons began the tournament with a 4-1 loss to the Santa Clara University Broncos, followed by a 4-1 win in the elimination bracket against the University of Portland Pilots. They ended the day with another 4-1 loss against the Broncos. The Dons finished the season with a record of 11-20.

USF baseball is still in full swing for another three weeks. The Dons won their recent series against the University of the Pacific Tigers, after a dominating performance from USF law student and starting pitcher Joe Soberon. Soberon led the Dons to a 10-1 victory on Apr. 29, holding the Tigers scoreless through the first five innings, totaling six strikeouts and four hits for his third win of the season. Notably, sophomore infielder Blake Pitts, held his own at the plate going three for four, with one RBI and four runs scored. Matty Fung and Myles Kallinger led the team in RBIs with three a piece and combining for four hits total. The Dons baseball team (19-25) is slated to continue their season in Portland against the University of Portland Pilots on May 2 and return to the Hilltop on May 7 to take on the San Jose State Spartans at Benedetti Diamond.

Students can attend all home games for free with the use of their One Card.

Editor-in-Chief: Megan Robertson, Chief Copy Editor: Sophia Siegel, Managing Editor: Jordan Premmer, Sports Editor: Chase Darden

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