Riverside 53, Orange Coast 51
RIVERSIDE — The visiting Pirates lost a share of the Orange Empire Conference championship Friday as sophomore Mikayla Stitt made two free throws with 19 seconds left for the difference in the final conference game and regular-season finale.
OCC (18-8, 9-3 in conference) finishes one game behind OEC champion Saddleback, which won Friday.
Sophomore Chanelle Di Croce had 22 points and seven rebounds for the Pirates, for whom Jasmine Matar had 10 points and eight rebounds and Raechelle Davis had 11 rebounds and seven points.
OCC shot 27.1% from the field.
Riverside is 7-19, 2-10.
Junior standouts Taylor Sparks and Connor Spencer each had their first hit of the season, but no Anteater had more than one of the hosts' six hits in the Long Beach State tournament opener Friday at Anteater Ballpark.
Junior Travis Hissong allowed three hits and one run in seven innings to earn the win, as the Raiders (2-2) scored single runs in the sixth and eighth innings, both unearned, to pull away.
Sparks, who drove in the lone UCI run, is now one for 18 this season, while Spencer is one for 20.
Elliot Surrey allowed two runs in five innings to absorb the loss for UCI (2-3).
The Anteaters play host to Arizona State in tournament action Saturday at 1 p.m.
Vanguard 6, San Diego Christian 5
The host Lions opened leads of 4-0 and 6-2, then held on in the Golden State Athletic Conference game Friday.
Ian Sakray was two for three with one run batted in and Nick Rodda was one for four with two RBIs for the winners (10-6, 5-5 in conference).
Marshall McKinnon (2-0) allowed six hits and three runs in seven innings to earn the win and Eddie Rivera finished up for his first save.