Three Bakersfield College football players from last fall's state title team are expected to sign letters of intent today, the first day community college players who are still taking classes at their community colleges can sign with four-year programs.

Offensive lineman Brandon Sarabia will sign with Texas State, cornerback Mercy Maston will sign with Boise State and linebacker John Oglesby will sign with Missouri Western.

The Californian reported earlier that Sarabia and Maston had given verbal commitments to Texas State and Boise State, respectively.

Sarabia is a Garces High graduate, Maston graduated from Bakersfield High and Oglesby from Highland.

Two Renegade players who were eligible to transfer to Division I programs after BC's fall semester are already attending classes at their new schools: quarterback Brian Burrell at Fresno State and defensive lineman Tanner Melson at Eastern New Mexico.

Three other Renegades have announced their transfer destinations but are not signing at this time: tight end Mike Dunn (Fresno State), defensive end Keylon Hollis (Utah State) and outside linebacker Ozzie Sombo (Charleston Southern).

BC holds off Merced in baseball

MERCED -- Kyle Nixon and Jared Solf had three hits each and Justin Martinez homered and singled to power Bakersfield College baseball to a 9-6 non-conference win at Merced College.

The Renegades (3-1) also had a single, double and four RBIs by Luc Pomales. Relief pitcher Winston Ives tossed the sixth, seventh and eighth, allowing only one run to keep Merced from rallying.

BC faces Hartnell in Visalia on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Sequoias tournament.

Taft battles to 9-9 tie on diamond

WILMINGTON -- Taft College battled Los Angeles Harbor to a 9-9 non-conference tie in a game halted by darkness after nine innings.

Josh Roelofs hit a two-run homer and RBI double for Taft (2-1-1). Dayton Kurian added three singles and Travis Tessandori and Josh Hickle had two hits each. Harbor (0-2-1) had six errors, which led to five unearned runs by the Cougars.

Errors doom BC softball

SANTA BARBARA -- Santa Barbara City College scored eight runs in the second inning and went on to beat Bakersfield College 12-2 in a non-conference softball game called in the fifth inning by the mercy rule.

BC (0-2) had four errors, which led to 10 unearned runs by Santa Barbara (1-1). The Gauchos had six hits and BC had a wild pitch, two passed balls and two walks in Santa Barbara's big inning.

BC scored its runs in the fourth on a hit batter, three straight walks and Kris Jones' RBI single.