May 12, 2012
Sierra College softball holds off San Mateo to reach Super Regional finals

SAN MATEO - Now a chance for a bit of payback.

Annette Merjano drove in three and Ashley Osier tossed a complete-game six-hitter with five shutout innings to power Sierra College past host College of San Mateo 6-4 in a Northern California Community College Super Regional loser's bracket final on Saturday.

Sierra will face Ohlone on Sunday here, needing two wins over the Renegades of Fremont to earn the program's second Super Regional title in four years.

Sierra beat Ohlone three times this season but lost to the Renegades 7-3 in a Super Regional opener on Friday in what the coaching staff deemed the downer effort and moment of the season.

The Wolverines were much more spirited and active Saturday, right down to the final out when Bell induced a ground-out to escape a bases-loaded jam. The Bulldogs scored three in the bottom of the seventh to add a degree of drama in a game Sierra otherwise dominated in the first six innings.

Taylor McGregor had a solo home run Saturday against San Mateo, her team's 74th bomb of the season. She had a three-run blast against Ohlone on Friday.

Sierra beat College of the Sequoias 5-4 earlier Saturday to stay alive and is in its fourth Super Regional final and ninth playoff trip under coach Darci Brownell, in her 12th season at the Rocklin school. Sierra reached the state finals in 2009.
-By Joe Davidson
jdavidson@sacbee.com



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