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March 29, 2011 > East Bay baseball gets on winning track

East Bay baseball gets on winning track

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

After rain kept Cal State University-East Bay athletics on the backburner from March 18-20, the baseball team returned to the diamond and got on the winning track.

East Bay traveled to San Francisco State on Tuesday, March 22, for a makeup doubleheader against the Gators. Heading into the series, the Pioneers were 5-18, but left with a 7-18 record after a sweep of the double dip, 4-3 in game one; 9-7 in game two.

Bryce Miller went seven innings in the game one victory, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out seven and walking just one. Nick McManus, Charlie Sharrer and Dylan Johnson each had an RBI for the Pioneers who sealed the game with a three-run fifth.

In game two, it was the Jared Berrier show. East Bay's right fielder went 2-3 with five RBIs for the game. Aaron Brown, Jake Davis and Andrew Woolfe chipped in with single RBI's in support of winning pitcher A.J. Gallardo. Gallardo, despite allowing seven runs on eight hits, improved to 4-3 on the season with his six and two-thirds gutsy performance, striking out four.

After sweeping SF State, the Pioneers had a home-and-home doubleheader series against Sonoma State, Friday, March 25, in Rohnert Park; Saturday, March 26, in Hayward. That series, however, was postponed due to rain. Dates for the makeup were not decided at press.

East Bay's softball club was set to have two doubleheaders against San Francisco State on Friday, March 25, and Saturday, March 26. However, because of the poor weather, one doubleheader was made up on Sunday, March 27, with the other set for Wednesday, March 30 to conclude the four-game series.

In Sunday's doubleheader, SF State got the win in the opening game, edging out the Lady Pioneers 9-8. Statistics were unavailable at press. In the second game of the doubleheader, play was suspended with San Francisco State leading 6-2 in the fourth inning. (For scores of all East Bay games, including the conclusion of the second end of Sunday's doubleheader, log into the TCV Sports website, http://sports.tricityvoice.com.)

East Bay's most successful spring sports team thus far, the Lady Pioneer water polo club, went into its weekend set of games in Honolulu, Hawaii, five-game win streak -- including two on March 18, against George Washington (18-9) and Harvard (12-8). East Bay had a pair of games on Thursday, March 24, against the Australian and Canadian national teams; a pair on Friday, March 25, against Hawaii and San Diego State; and wrapped up on Saturday, March 26, against UC San Diego. Of the five games, the Lady Pioneers weren't able to get a single victory.

Scores against the two national teams were not disclosed, since the games were scrimmages. On Friday's pair of games -- both against highly-ranked clubs -- and left with two hard-fought losses. Against the No. 5 team in the country in Hawaii, the Lady Pioneers hung in for much of the game before losing 15-8. Then, against No. 11 San Diego State, East Bay again hung in for much of the contest, but fell 13-6 in the end.

Claire Pierce was the offensive stud in the Hawaii loss, putting in four goals for the Lady Pioneers. Pierce had another two in the loss to the Aztecs, while Whitney Bell led East Bay with three goals.

And finishing up their Hawaii trip, East Bay was dropped by UC San Diego, 9-5. Erica Crain led the way with two goals. Jayme Pekarske made 10 saves in the loss.






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