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College notebook: Union grad Borzone throws no-hitter for Dixie State

By , Columbian Sports Editor

Jimmy Borzone entered rare company in the Dixie State baseball program.

The junior from Union High School threw just the second no-hitter in Dixie State history on April 2, leading the Trailblazers to a 5-1 win over Tarleton State in the first game of a doubleheader.

Borzone struck out eight, which was one off his career high. He allowed just four baserunners, with one walk and three hit batters.

On Monday, Borzone was named Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week.

The win was Borzone’s first on the season. He’s 1-3 with a 5.82 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 34 innings.

Borzone made just one appearance in Dixie State’s pandemic-shortened 2020 season. In 2019, he made seven appearances out of the bullpen for the St. George, Utah school.

At Union, Borzone was a 4A All-State selection as a senior, when he had a 1.72 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 41.2 innings.

Maton second at Stanford Invite

The outdoor track and field season is warming up. Daniel Maton is already up to speed.

The freshman from Camas High finished second in the 800 meters at the Stanford Invitational last weekend. Maton’s time of 1 minute, 51.05 seconds was less than a second behind winner Garrett MacQuiddy of California.

Maton’s time was also close to his indoor best of 1:49.75, which he ran during the 2019-20 season. That time is the 10th best in school history.

At Camas, Maton was a three-time 4A state champion in the 800 and 1,600 meters. He ran the fastest high school 1,600 time in the nation as a senior, setting a state record of 4:06.07.

Oliver in circle for Syracuse

Kaia Oliver, a sophomore from Ridgefield, is half of Syracuse’s one-two pitching punch.

Tuesday, Oliver helped Syracuse sweep Buffalo in a doubleheader. She held the Bison to one run in the nightcap, striking out eight and walking none.

Oliver is 5-4 on the season for the Orange (13-9). She has been sharing pitching duties with Alexa Romero, who ranks sixth among NCAA Division-I seniors with 661 career strikeouts and is among the top pitchers in Syracuse history, ranking top-5 in 12 different career categories.

Oliver’s best outing came Feb. 20, when she held North Carolina to four hits and striking out nine over nine innings in a 3-2 extra-inning win.

As a freshman, Oliver made 11 appearances and four starts in a pandemic-shortened season. She was 3-4 with a 3.44 ERA and two saves.