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Meaux's stellar day leads UCSB

Former Nitro sets new personal mark for strikeouts.

March 12, 2011|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

GLENDALE — The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Jesse Meaux (Glendale High, 2007) senior pitcher, UC Santa Barbara baseball: Meaux, a former All-Area first-team honoree, enjoyed a career performance during a nonconference contest against Sacramento State on March 4. The right-hander struck out eight and didn't issue a walk in the Gauchos' 4-2 home win against the Hornets.

Meaux, who is among the top 50 seniors ranked by Baseball America after getting drafted in the 44th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft in June by the Philadelphia Phillies, pitched 8 1/3 innings and allowed two earned runs and six hits in a 105-pitch effort. He retired 17 in a row before getting into a jam in the ninth. Connor Whalen relieved Meaux and walked the next batter before Greg Davis came in to get a game-ending double play for the save.

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"Jesse was dominant for eight innings," UCSB Coach Bob Brontsema said on the university's website. "Sacramento State did a good job of being aggressive in the ninth, but Greg came into a very difficult situation and handled it like the veteran that he is."

Meaux's previous high in strikeouts was seven, set last season against Westmont College.

Meaux pitched Friday against the University of San Francisco in the AT&T Classic at AT&T Park in San Francisco and didn't factor in a decision in Santa Barbara's 3-2 defeat. He gave up a pair of first-inning runs, but quickly settled down. Meaux allowed two runs (one earned) and five hits and faced 23 batters in five innings. He struck out three and yielded two walks.

Through Friday, Meaux is 1-1 with a 3.48 earned-run average. In 20 2/3 innings, Meaux has allowed 19 hits, eight earned runs and struck out 13.

Santa Barbara (6-5) will meet Louisiana-Lafayette at 11 a.m. today and Rice at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Sara Hollar (Flintridge Prep, 2007) senior, Wheaton College women's swimmer: Hollar, a La Crescenta resident, was among five Wheaton College women's swimming and diving athletes who recently received New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Academic All-Conference accolades for the winter quarter.

It marked the third time Hollar has earned the honor.

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