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April 8, 2009 > Thrilling weekend for CSEB baseball and softball

Thrilling weekend for CSEB baseball and softball

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko

The Pioneer (11-17-, 8-4) softball team has blazed new trails by winning four straight games this April. The team hosted a pair of doubleheaders against Dominican University on Friday, April 3, and Menlo, Saturday, April 4.

The Lady Pioneers were originally supposed to play Dominican on March 11 but the game was cancelled due to rain. Despite the extra time to prepare and the beautiful conditions at Pioneer field, Dominican (4-22, 2-8) looked disorganized as CSEB would hold the visiting Penguins scoreless, 8-0. The ladies had a huge second inning where they scored four runs on three hits.

Even though the Penguins had a better effort in the contest, CSEB left Dominican iced out as they prevailed to a 4-1 victory.

On Saturday, April 4, CSEB faced Menlo and their former coach Danielle Stines. Stines played and coached at CSEB compiling a 26-9 record.

Fortunately for CSEB, Stines could not replicate that same success for Menlo when the two teams played.

CSEB won the first game, 6-5, and the second, 5-4. The two contests saw defensive efforts on both sides of the ball.

Coach Barbara Price's team will have an opportunity to catch their breath a little. Their next game is Friday, April 10, at home against Bethany in a doubleheader.

After getting trounced by Linfeild College of Oregon last week, the team returned home against Chapman University for three games over the weekend of April 3-5.

Coach Dirk Morrison's team went 2-1 in the three games.

On Friday, the team won, 5-2, on the strength of a four-run first. CSEB would lose a tough battle on Saturday, 2-1, and fight themselves to a victory on Sunday, 5-4.

In Sunday's victory Cal State had an amazing 15 hits in the contest and only one error.

Cal State East Bay will take to the field again on Friday, April 10, as they host the University of La Verne, at 2:30 p.m., followed by a doubleheader against La Verne the next day, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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