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Crescenta Valley High alumna Erin Ashby, Stanford go down swinging in Nebraska

COLLEGE UPDATE:

Former Falcons wrapping up seasons on diamond.

May 22, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • Stanford University's Erin Ashby, a Crescenta Valley High alumna, finished her sophomore season hitting .291 in 58 starts. She tallied 19 runs, 16 extra-base hits, including six home runs, and 35 runs batted in. (Courtesy of Stanford Athletics)
Stanford University's Erin Ashby, a Crescenta…

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

Erin Ashby (Crescenta Valley High, 2011) Stanford softball sophomore: Despite a performance in which Ashby drove in a pair of runs and tallied a pair of hits, Stanford stumbled against host Nebraska, losing, 10-5, to the Cornhuskers on Sunday in the final game of the NCAA Tournament’s Nebraska Regional.

Stanford went 2-2 in Lincoln, Neb., defeating Tulsa, 4-2, on Friday and Northern Iowa, 4-1, on Saturday in its second game of the day. But it lost in two outings to Nebraska.

Ashby also had a pair of hits and a run scored against Tulsa in the opener.

While Stanford finished 39-21, Ashby finished her season with an impressive line. She hit .291 in 58 starts, mostly as the team’s designated player. She tallied 19 runs, 16 extra-base hits, including six home runs, and 35 runs batted in.

John Salas (Crescenta Valley, 2009) Cal State Northridge baseball junior: Having been a reliever throughout most of his days at Crescenta Valley and then at College of the Canyons, Salas took on the same role to start with the Matadors.

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But Salas has worked himself into the role of starter lately, and an effective one at that.

Salas has thrown a pair of complete games, his last coming May 12 against UC Santa Barbara, in which Northridge won, 7-1. Salas struck out six, walked one and allowed five hits. His last start came Sunday at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, as he was dealt a loss. He lasted five innings, giving up four runs on six hits in a 7-2 defeat.

On the season, Salas has appeared in 20 games, with 12 starts and has a 4-6 record. In 76 1/3 innings, he’s struck out 50 batters and walked but 12, while accumulating a 3.30 earned-run average.

The Matadors, who sport a 31-23 record with a 15-9 Big West Conference mark, wrap up the regular season with a three-game homestand against Cal State Fullerton.

Troy Mulcahey (Crescenta Valley, 2012) Fullerton College baseball freshman: Fullerton’s quest for a California Community College Athletic Assn. championship came up just short on Saturday with a loss to a familiar foe.

In a battle between Orange Empire Conference foes, it was Cypress, which finished fourth in the conference won by Fullerton, which won state glory.

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