Area Roundup: Former Cuesta standout McConkey signs with Marlins

Former Cuesta College standout Brian McConkey signed a professional baseball contract with the Florida Marlins on Thursday.

McConkey was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Marlins where he was added to the roster Monday.

McConkey played at first base for UC Riverside after leaving Cuesta, hitting .289 with two home runs, 12 doubles, 28 RBI and a school-record six triples as a senior.

He also tied an NCAA record by hitting three triples in a game against Cal Poly on April 3.

The Highlanders (32-23) finished third in the Big West Conference this past season.

Rattlers fall at home to Menlo Park Legends

The San Luis Obispo Rattlers dropped a 2-1 decision to the Menlo Park Legends in a summer collegiate baseball game Monday at SLO Stadium.

Trailing 1-0 in the second inning, Joe Etcheverry singled to lead off the inning and eventually scored on Justin Crumpley’s two-out single.

But the Legends (12-2) added a run in the fourth inning to provide the final margin.

Former San Luis Obispo High standout David Murillo combined with two other relievers on five innings of scoreless relief for the Rattlers (8-7).

Scott Phillion had two of San Luis Obispo’s four hits.

Gonzalez, Johnson tied for 34th at golf state amateur

Defending champion and Cal Poly golf senior standout Geoff Gonzalez shot a 2-over 74 in the first round of the 99th California State Amateur Championship at the La Jolla Country Club.

Also competing, Cal Poly sophomore-to-be Pace Johnson carded a 74 at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. Johnson and Gonzalez are tied for 34th place.

The pair trails co-leaders Harry Rudolph of La Jolla and Patrick Cantlay of Las Alamitos, who both shot 3-under 69.

Following today’s second round, the field will be trimmed to 32 golfers.