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April 7, 2010 > Lady Pioneers win sixth straight

Lady Pioneers win sixth straight

By Jeff Weisinger
Photos By Mike Heightchew

After winning three of their last four games in the Tournament of Champions at Cal State Stanislaus last weekend, the Cal State University-East Bay softball team continued their winning momentum in Wednesdayâs (March 31) two-game sweep over Menlo College, winning 10-0 in six innings in game one; 6-1 in game two.

With the two-game sweep, the Lady Pioneers have won five of their last six games going into the final month of the season.

Lauren Zweigle (5-11) led the Pioneers through a complete six-inning victory, allowing just two hits with 11 strikeouts.

After Ashlee Coronado scored the Lady Pioneers first run on a passed ball, teammate Emily Montanez continued to spark the East Bay scoring with an RBI double in the first inning.

The Lady Pioneers would close the game with a six-run sixth inning, highlighted by Rachelle Booneâs two-RBI double and Sara Holdridgeâs grand-slam, ending the game.

In the second game of the day, Catherine Schorn (7-9) led East Bay through seven innings, allowing just one run on five hits with seven strikeouts.

The East Bay offense took charge once again, this time in the third inning where the Lady Pioneers scored four runs against Menlo starter Mikayela Viramontes. The Lady Pioneers four-run inning was sparked by Holdridgeâs RBI double after East Bay opened the scoring on an error by the third baseman Tenea Golson.

East Bay handled Viramontes through six innings as she gave up six runs (three earned) on nine hits with just two strikeouts.

The Lady Pioneers would score two more runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by an RBI single by centerfielder Renaye Gamson.

East Bay (12-20) will look to add on to their current six-game win streak when they take on Humboldt State for a two-game series beginning on Tuesday, April 6, at 1 p.m.

Baseball: East Bay 15, C.S. Monterey Bay 6
East Bayâs baseball team notched a big win on Saturday, April 3, defeating Cal State Monterey Bay, 15-6, in the second game of Saturdayâs doubleheader.

After winning both games of Fridayâs (April 2) doubleheader at Monterey, the Pioneers lost the first game of the two-game home stand, 18-10, before winning the second game of the series to clinch the four-game set.

Aaron Hannigan (4-1) pitched a solid seven innings, allowing just two runs (both unearned) on eight hits while striking out eight batters. Zachary Wong came in the game to relieve Hannigan in the eighth inning and pitched two innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits with one strikeout.

Stephen Gatehouse went 4-6 with four RBIs, including a bunt single for an RBI in the fourth inning and a two-RBI double in the fifth inning.

East Bay (14-22-1, 9-19) has won five of their last six entering the final stretch of the season. They will travel to Ellensburg, Washington this weekend for a three-game series against Central Washington beginning on Friday, Apr. 9 at 2 p.m.

Water Polo: East Bay 11, C.S. Monterey Bay 9
The Cal State East Bay womenâs water polo team won back-to-back games on Saturday, April 3, at Seaside, defeating Concordia, 12-11, and Monterey Bay, 11-9.

Both wins come a week after the Lady Pioneers split four games at the Fluid Five Tournament in Indiana. They have won four of their last six since losing to Harvard on March 19.

The Pioneers return to action on Friday, April 9, in their home finale against UC San Diego at 5 p.m.

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