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March 11, 2011 > East Bay athletics rundown

East Bay athletics rundown

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

It was a long, disappointing -- and sometimes heartbreaking -- weekend for Cal State University-East Bay athletics. From Friday, March 4, through Sunday, March 6, East Bay's athletic programs combined for a 2-9 record. If not for the underachieving women's water polo team (who stepped it up for a 2-1 mark last week), East Bay would have been winless.

CSUEB women's water polo was in Rohnert Park on Friday, March 4, to open up their weekend play against Sonoma State. Following the win, the Lady Pioneers went to Davis for a doubleheader, first against UC Davis and second against Santa Clara. UC Davis got the best of East Bay, dropping them 12-8. Whitney Bell netted three in the loss. East Bay got back on track against Santa Clara later in the day, topping the Broncos, 11-7. It was the Claire Pierce show as the Lady Pioneer star scored six goals to lead the way. East Bay upped its record to 10-7, 6-2 in WWPA play.

Where there is promise with the Pioneers water polo club, the two diamond sports teams -- baseball and softball -- went a combined 0-8 over the weekend, both being swept in four-game series.

East Bay Softball was at Turlock to take on Cal State Stanislaus. There wasn't much offense to come by from the Lady Pioneers. On day one's doubleheader, Stanislaus won 3-0 and 3-2. Taylor Neumann had both RBIs on the day; Kelly Lowe and Heidi McCallister were the pitchers tagged with the losses. On day two, Stanislaus won 6-2 and 9-4. Both East Bay runs in game one game in the final frame, with the game all but over. Lauren Zweigle got the loss. In game two, Sara Velasquez led the offense with a 2-3 game and two RBIs; Talia Ferrari got the loss on the mound.

For the East Bay baseball team, they were in Los Angeles to take on Cal State University-LA. Outside of the 14-13 loss on Saturday, March 5, the Pioneers were blown out, losing 10-0 on Friday, March 4, 7-0 in game two on Saturday and 8-4 on Sunday, March 6. Brandyn Bell and A.J. Gallardo got the losses in the shutout losses. Zach Aguirre was the losing pitcher in Sunday's contest. In game one of Saturday's doubleheader, East Bay performed admirably in the loss. Trailing 13-10 in the final inning, the Pioneers plated three runs to tie the game. However, CSULA plated the run they needed to win the match. Zachary Wong got the loss. Andrew Woolfe led the Pioneers offense with a 3-5, three-RBI day.

Things picked up though, when CSUEB started play in the early week. East Bay's Lady Pioneers softball team had a four-game makeup series at Chico State which was washed out due to rain last month.

On Tuesday, March 8, East Bay ended its four-game skid with a 5-2 victory in the first of the four games. Nikki Freiberg led the Lady Pioneers offense with a 2-3 day and two RBIs. Emily Montanez (2-4, RBI), Dani Foster (2-4, RBI) and Jamie Yaller (2-3, RBI) all chipped in to aid in the victory. Kelly Lowe threw a complete game on the mound for the victory, striking out seven along the way.

In the second game of Tuesday, East Bay's hopes for a win streak were dashed when Chico State walked off with a 3-2 triumph. Taylor Neumann singled home the tying run in the Lady Pioneers' last at bat, with two outs. But in the bottom half, East Bay's Catherine Schorn allowed a game-winning RBI double to Chico's Hanamaikai and got the loss.

Both teams met for another double dip on Wednesday, March 9. Chico State maintained the momentum they gained with its walk off win the night before, winning both ends of the doubleheader, 6-2 in game one; 4-2 in game two. Lowe and McCallister got the losses for East Bay, who are 8-12, 5-11 in CCAA play after the series.

Meanwhile, the East Bay golf team hit the links with moderate success. For the women, who teed off at Hiddenbrooke Golf Course for the Pioneer Invite, took fifth on Sunday, March 6. East Bay shot 104 over par overall. Deanna Tyndall was the leader of CSUEB, finishing eighth overall. For the men, who played at the same course in the Pioneer Invite on Monday, March 7, through Tuesday, March 8, the Pioneers finished eighth as a club, 70 over par. Wes Davis led the Pioneers with an eight-over par performance, good for fourth.

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