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April 12, 2011 > East Bay recap

East Bay recap

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

Cal State East Bay returned home over the weekend. Each athletic program -- softball, baseball and water polo -- was on the Hayward campus on Friday, April 8. Water polo took on Cal State San Bernardino before heading south to Fresno on Saturday, April 9, while the diamond teams remained in the Bay Area.

Against San Bernardino, the Lady Pioneers got their weekend off on the right foot, topping the Lady Coyotes 13-7. Liz Warren took charge for the offense, netting three tallies; helping out Warren in the attack were Chelsie Bryan and Whitney Bell with two goals apiece. Two keepers got time defending the East Bay (17-10, 9-3 WWPA) goal. Jayme Pekarske stopped 10 shots; Kendra Mason finished the match.

CSUEB diamond teams each had a four-game set with Cal State Dominguez Hills over the weekend. On Friday, the softball clubs had a double-dip, splitting the two -- 9-1 CSUDH in game one; 3-1 CSUEB in the second. In the game one loss, East Bay's Kelly Lowe couldn't get out of the first inning, allowing five runs. Dominguez Hills jumped out to a 9-0 lead before the game was called in the fifth (mercy-rule). Lowe (5-6) got the loss.

In the 3-1 win, East Bay trailed 1-0 heading into the fourth. Breezy Johnson doubled in the tying run. An inning later, East Bay took the lead when Sara Holdridge hit a two-run single. Talia Ferrari (8-6) went the full seven inning on the hill, allowing one run on nine hits and striking out three.

Meanwhile, the Pioneers hardball team, was getting tagged with a 17-1 loss in its series opener with Dominguez Hills. Carlos Leyva (2-3, 4 RBIs) and Kevin Logan (4-5, 2 RBIs) led the way for CSUDH, who trailed 1-0 at one point in the match. They tied it at 1 in the third, and scored 16 runs in the final five innings, including six in the eighth. A.J. Gallardo (4-6) got the loss for East Bay; Nick McManus had the only offense for the Pioneers, hitting a solo homer in the first.

On Saturday, the Lady Pioneers softball club couldn't keep up with Dominguez Hills. In the second day of doubleheaders, the Lady Pioneers fell 8-2 and 6-0. Ferrari got the loss in game one, throwing another complete game, allowing all six runs, three earned, on 10 hits. In game two, Catherine Schorn was tagged for four runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings, and got the loss.

East Bay's baseball team finally got a win in the third game of its four-game series verse Dominguez Hills. After dropping the opener, 4-1, Paul Jinkens got the loss, the Pioneers beat up their opponent, 9-5. Christopher Houston went 2-4 and knocked in five runs for CSUEB. Brandyn Bell went 5 1/3 to get the win for East Bay.

Water polo went to Fresno on Saturday and came away with a pair of wins: they opened with a 20-3 triumph over Vanguard; finished off with a 11-5 win over Fresno Pacific. Warren again led the way with four goals against Vanguard. Ariel Noriega also tallied four for East Bay. In the win over Fresno Pacific, Sarah Grunberger, Bell and Warren each had a pair of goals to guide the Lady Pioneers to victory.

To finish up the week, East Bay's baseball club dropped their series with CSUDH with a 7-4 defeat. Bryce Miller allowed four runs over seven innings for the Pioneers. He struck out six along the way. Lincoln Clapper and Jared Berrier had the RBIs for the Pioneers in the loss.

Lady Pioneers softball had a doubleheader at home against San Francisco State on Sunday and came away with a sweep, winning game one in a mercy-rule shortened 13-5 win (six innings), and game two in come-from-behind fashion, 6-3.

Emily Montanez and Kassandra Winger both knocked in three to lead the Pioneer offense in game one, supporting Ferrari who notched her ninth win of the year on the hill. Game two's star was Devin Salmones, knocking in two for East Bay. Lowe got the win on the hill, going the full seven.

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