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Cal State Bakersfield has had nearly a week since it beat Texas-Arlington on Wednesday to advance to the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament.

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Everything about the past two weeks was uncharted territory for Cal State Bakersfield basketball. From entering the National Invitation Tournament to traveling to New York to playing in Madison Square Garden, none of the players or coaches really knew what to expect.

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Curt Threlkeld, a freshman from North High, won the men’s 800 meters Saturday in 1:54.31 for Cal State Bakersfield at the Cal Poly Shares Invitational track and field meet.

Brian Bender posted first-place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle (23.66) and the 200 breast (2:20.35) for Bakersfield College Saturday in a tri-meet against Clovis and Sequoias at BC.

MERCED — Merced College scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a tie and went on to edge Taft College 3-1 Saturday afternoon in a Central Valley Conference baseball game.

PHOENIX — Grand Canyon University broke a tie with a run in the bottom of the eighth Friday night and handed Cal State Bakersfield a 3-2 loss in the Western Athletic Conference baseball opener for both teams.

The California community college track and field season is past the halfway point of the year and Bakersfield College’s Memorial Stadium will attract six out-of-area teams on Saturday for the BC Relays.

All season long the Cal State Bakersfield baseball team has had a penchant for doing its best work on offense with two outs.

The men’s basketball team’s electrifying two wins in the National Invitation Tournament has overshadowed the other athletic endeavors at Cal State Bakersfield. The baseball team has put together a successful pre-conference run.

Brock Hallum went 4 for 4 with four RBIs and two stolen bases and Brant Combs went 3 for 4 to power a 13-hit attack as Bakersfield College beat L.A. Valley 9-5 in a Western State Conference South Division baseball game Tuesday afternoon at Gerry Collis Field.

McKenna Valencia and Alexis Solis each pitched complete games and only allowed one run apiece as Bakersfield College swept a Western State Conference North Division softball doubleheader from Santa Barbara City College, 6-1 and 3-1.

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It was an experience none of them will ever forget: Walking through the tunnels at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, past posters of Kevin Durant (remember him, OKC?) into a sea of flashbulbs and onto a court with the famed NCAA Tournament logo.

SAN DIEGO — Summer Evans pitched a complete-game seven-hit shutout Saturday to lead Cal State Bakersfield to an 8-0 softball win over the University of San Diego to salvage a split of a non-conference doubleheader. San Diego won the opener 6-5.

No. 22-ranked Cal State Bakersfield split two matches in the opening day of the Roadrunner Invitational Saturday, losing 16-8 to No. 6 Arizona and beating Cal State East Bay 9-5.

Cal State Bakersfield dropped a pair of beach volleyball matches Saturday, 4-1 against Cal State Northridge and 5-0 against Loyola Marymount.

PHOENIX — Cal State Bakersfield’s Nathan Green shot a 6-over-par 219 over three rounds to finish as the Roadrunners’ lowest scorer at the Grand Canyon Invitational golf tournament that ended Saturday.

VALLEY GLEN — Luke Andrews pitched a complete game, allowing only two earned runs, as Bakersfield College beat L.A. Valley 8-4 Saturday in a Western State Conference South Division baseball game.

TAFT — Taft College had 12 runs through four innings Saturday and went on to beat Porterville College 14-8 in a Central Valley Conference baseball game.

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TULSA, Okla. — Mira Monte graduate Braxton Huggins, a junior at New Mexico State, scored a team-high 19 points in the Aggies 91-73 loss to Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

Two years ago, when New Mexico State last made the NCAA Tournament, Mira Monte graduate Braxton Huggins was a freshman who averaged 6 minutes a game — and less than that late in the season.