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March 18, 2011 > Neumann earns player of the week honors

Neumann earns player of the week honors

Submitted By Kelly Hayes, CSUEB Sports Info Director

Following a stellar week at the plate for Cal State East Bay, softball player Taylor Neumann was named the Worth/CCAA Player of the Week on Monday, March 14. Neumann, a junior, helped guide the Pioneers (11-13, 6-12 CCAA) to four victories in five days last week, including a 3-1 series win over Humboldt State.

The Moorpark native had a productive week at the plate, leading East Bay to a 4-4 record against CCAA rivals Chico State and Humboldt State. Neumann batted .538 (14-for-26) with six runs scored, a double, three home runs and 11 RBIs while posting a .923 slugging percentage and .586 on-base percentage.

Hitting safely in all eight games, the catcher batted .417 (5-for-12) against Chico State and followed that effort by going 9-for-14 (.643) with five runs scored, three home runs and nine RBIs against Humboldt. In back-to-back games against the Lumberjacks, she was 5-for-7 with four runs scored, had a pair of home runs and drove in nine runs.

In Friday's 11-3, eight-run-rule victory over Humboldt State, Neumann broke open a 3-3 tie with her first of three homers in the series. Neumann finished the game 2-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored and followed that performance with a two-homer game in Saturday's game-one win. Neumann went yard twice in Saturday's first game, plating five runs and going 3-for-4 at the plate, while driving in the winning run for the second straight game. Neumann also scored the Pioneers' only run while going 3-for-4 in East Bay's lone loss against the Jacks.

Neumann now leads all Cal State East Bay starters in batting average (.325), runs (13) and RBIs (18) this season. Behind the plate, Neumann also helped the Pioneer pitchers strikeout 24 batters and post a 3.95 ERA, and gunned down a pair of runners on the base paths.

Cal State East Bay returns to action this weekend when they play host to a pair of nonconference doubleheaders against Holy Names and Dominican. The Pioneers will meet the Hawks on Saturday at noon before facing the Penguins on Sunday at noon.

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