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Scott Hong continues to excel for Occidental Tigers

Former Glendale Community College standout faring well at the plate and on the mound for unbeaten Occidental College.

February 08, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Former Glendale Vaqueros star Scott Hong is batting .400 with five stolen bases and four walks for the 4-0 Occidental Tigers.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Former Glendale Vaqueros star Scott Hong… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

The following are updates on area athletes at the collegiate level.

Scott Hong (Glendale Community College, 2011) senior pitcher/outfielder, Occidental College baseball: Hong has picked right up where he left off last year, when he led the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in saves with five.

Hong, a reigning all-conference selection, and the Tigers recently began the season on the right note in Texas. Hong pitched a scoreless seventh inning, striking out the side, to earn a save in Occidental’s 5-3 nonconference victory against host Austin College on Sunday in Sherman, Texas. The right-hander threw 21 pitches, 12 for strikes. At the plate, he had a double and scored a run after beginning the game in center field.

In a season-opening game against Austin on Feb. 2, Hong collected two run-scoring hits and scored two runs to lead Occidental to a 7-4 win. He had a run-scoring single in the eighth to give the Tigers a 7-2 advantage.

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Hong is batting .400 (six for 15) with five stolen bases and four walks for the Tigers, who are 4-0 entering Sunday’s home nonconference contest against La Sierra University.

Alexander Najarian (St. Francis High, 2012) freshman, Occidental College men’s swimming: Najarian, a Glendale native, recently enjoyed a stellar performance to help the Tigers capture a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference home meet against Whittier.

Needing a victory in the meet’s final event — the 200-yard freestyle relay — Najarian and the Tigers pulled through. The Tigers held a slim 123-120 lead heading into the relay.

The Tigers’ A team, featuring Najarian, Jack Sinclair, Will Westwater and Kevin Kuwata recorded a mark of 1 minute 28.83 seconds to best Whittier by three seconds and give Occidental a 136-124 win.

Earlier, Najarian took first in the 100- and 200 butterfly races. He clocked 53.04 in the 100 and 1:59.21 in the 200. Najarian also took second in the 200 backstroke (2:05.33).

Occidental will next partake in the conference finals Feb. 17-19 in La Mirada.

David Yetenikyan (Glendale High, 2012) freshman center, Occidental College men’s basketball: Yetenikyan appears to have made a smooth transition to the collegiate level after standing out for several seasons at Glendale. Though the Tigers have struggled lately, losing six of their last seven contests, the 6-foot-6 Yetenikyan has provided a nice presence in picking up his share of rebounds and points inside the paint.

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