April 8, 2014 > Pioneers lose fourth straight
Pioneers lose fourth straight
Submitted By Steve Connolly
NCAA DII Baseball Final: #5 Chico State 5, CSUEB 1
The Cal State East Bay baseball team dropped the opener of its California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) series with No. 5 Chico State by a score of 5-1 on April 4th. The Pioneers (15-14, 9-12 CCAA) fell victim to a two-hit shutout by Wildcat starter Nick Baker under the lights for their fourth straight loss in league play. It's the 11th straight win for Chico (25-5, 17-4 CCAA).
East Bay got off to a great start when Kelly Starnes led off the game with a home run to left field. The Wildcats answered right back, however, loading the bases with no outs in the bottom of the innings. Pioneer hurler Nick Hudson allowed a run on a ground out, but escaped further damage in the inning. The home team then scored the go-ahead runs the following inning on two doubles and a single.
Hudson took the loss, dropping his record to 5-2. The senior right-hander tossed his team-leading third complete game of the season, allowing five runs on 12 hits over eight innings. Hudson struck out three; neither pitcher walked a batter in a game that took just over two hours to complete.