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February 18, 2009 > East Bay softball dreary in season openers

East Bay softball dreary in season openers

By Tony Cogley

The Pacific Northwest wasn't kind to the Cal State East Bay women's softball team as they won just a single game in their six-game opening road trip against Corban College in Salem, Ore., and Concordia University in Portland.

The Pioneers were hoping to get off to a fast start and improve from last year's disappointing 11-23 overall record and 5-15 in Division III, but soon found themselves already four games under .500 and looking for answers.

Against Corban, the Pioneers were outscored 23-14 in the four games they played on Feb. 13 and 14 and only edged out a one-run victory in the last game of the weekend. Starting Pitcher Kendra Mason saw action in three of the four games but suffered two losses.

In the first day of action, Corban starter Erin Sailors put on a strikeout clinic, racking up 13 K's as East Bay fell 3-2 before losing their second game of the day, 5-0. The following day, East Bay split games, losing their first game 11-7 and winning their second 5-4.

Things didn't get any better when the team headed up Portland, losing both their games to Concordia, 7-1 and 3-2, committing four errors in each of the games.
The team, now 1-5, will have to face Concordia again on Friday, Feb. 20, for a double-header hosted in Irvine, and don't open California Pacific Conference play until February 27 against Menlo College.

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