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April 5, 2011 > East Bay softball bounces back

East Bay softball bounces back

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

After losing both ends of a doubleheader at San Francisco State over the weekend, the Cal State University-East Bay Lady Pioneers softball team returned to SF State on Wednesday, March 30, and eked out a couple wins to split the four-game series.

In game one on Wednesday, an eight-inning 4-3 extra inning East Bay triumph, Talia Ferrari went the full eight, allowing three runs (two earned) and eight hits while striking out four. With the score tied at 2-2 heading into the eighth, East Bay plated two runs on a Breezy Johnson two-out, two-run single scoring Sara Holdridge and Devin Salmones. Ferrari allowed one run in the bottom of the eighth, but cut the rally short for SF State to give East Bay the one-run victory.

East Bay's pitchers went two-for-two in regard to its pitchers throwing complete games. In game two, it was Kelly Lowe's turn to hurl a gem. Lowe threw seven innings, allowing a single run on five hits, striking out two and walking two along the way. East Bay won the contest 4-1. All four Lady Pioneer runs were driven in by the top three batters of the lineup, Kassandra Winger (3-4, RBI), Jamie Yaller (0-2, BB, RBI) an Emily Montanez (1-4, 2 RBIs). Johnson had another solid game at the plate, going 3-4, scoring twice.

With the Lady Pioneers picking up steam heading into the weekend's Mizuno's Tournament of Champions in Turlock, they kept it going with a pair of one-run victories -- 2-1 to open the tourney vs. Notre Dame de Namur; 1-0 against Chaminade in game two -- in the first day of the tournament on Friday, April 1.

East Bay was trailing 1-0 to Namur before Taylor Neumann and Mishka Hamor knocked in runs to give the Lady Pioneers the lead they would not surrender. Ferrari got the victory on the mound, allowing one run on two hits in her complete-game performance.

Against Chaminade, it was another pitchers' duel with East Bay's Lauren Zweigle outperforming Chaminade's Kelly Korras. Both pitchers threw complete games: Korras throwing six innings (CSUEB served as the home team for the contest), allowing the one run on five hits while striking out three and not walking a batter; Zweigle pitched seven innings, scattering five hits while striking out six and walking one. Neumann had the only RBI of the game, a second-inning homer off Korras.

East Bay's momentum came to a halt on the second day of the Mizuno Tourney, losing in their first game of the day, 2-1, to Hawaii Hilo. CSUEB followed up its pitchers' duel loss with a blowout loss by the relentless slugging of Central Washington. It wasn't a contest, with Central Washington walking away with a 18-1 win. In the third and final match of the day, East Bay played in another pitchers' duel and was on the short end of a 2-1 loss. Ferrari, Lowe and Heidi McCallister were tagged with the losses for the three games respectively.

On the men's side of the diamond, the Pioneers baseball team won its four-game series with San Francisco State after splitting a doubleheader on Tuesday, March 29, in Hayward. (This four-game series was a continuation from the doubleheader on March 22, altered from rainy weather.)

Game one, taken by East Bay 4-3, Bryce Miller was on the mound and notched his third win of the season (3-4), going six and two-thirds, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits. Johnny Volk pitched two d a third hitless innings to earn his first save of the year. Charlie Sharrer was the offensive star for East Bay, going 2-4 with three RBIs coming on a three-run homer in the third; Jared Berrier had the other RBI for CSUEB.

In game two, SF State's bats were hot, running away with an 8-5 win. East Bay plated two in the eighth, one in the ninth, but couldn't string more hits to keep the rally going. Zach Aguirre had a rough outing on the mound, going just two innings, allowing four runs on three hits while being tagged for the loss. Scott Shields had two RBIs for the Pioneers and Andrew Woolfe contributed an RBI on 3-5 hitting.

East Bay's losing streak extended to two games on Friday, April 1, with a pounding from Cal Poly Pomona on the road, 19-3. Aguirre was tagged with the loss, only going an inning and allowing five runs on three hits. A day later, East Bay continued its series with Pomona, losing the first game of a doubleheader, 14-1. East Bay got back on track in the second game with Pomona, shutting them down in a 3-0 victory.

In the pool, East Bay's water polo team was in Seaside for a pair of games on Saturday, April 2. In the first of two, East Bay topped Concordia 11-6. In their final match of the weekend, against Cal State Monterey Bay, the Lady Pioneers followed up their five-goal win with an eight-goal win, topping their CSU counterpart, 14-6.

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