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April 8, 2014 > Pioneer Report

Pioneer Report

Submitted By Scott Chisholm

Timely hitting propels Pioneers
Cal State East Bay extended its season long winning streak to five games following 8-5 and 6-2 road wins over Cal State Dominguez Hills on April 28th. The Pioneers never trailed while earning back-to-back victories against the Toros for the first time since joining the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) in 2010. ÒThese were great wins today. Our offense did a great job with runners in scoring position. Our pitchers executed the plan and our defense held it down,Ó praised East Bay Head Coach Barbara Pierce.

No-Hitter Clinches Series Sweep of Dominguez Hills
Pitcher Emily Perlich tossed the eighth no-hitter in program history as Cal State East Bay earned a 9-0 victory on March 29th at its California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) opener at Cal State Dominguez Hills. The Pioneer newcomer needed just 48 pitches over five innings as she recorded six strikeouts to clinch the weekend series over the Toros. Meli Sanchez and Kelsey LaVaute teamed up to drive in eight of the teamÕs nine runs in support during the opener. Perlich is the seventh different Pioneer to throw a no-hitter and the first this millennium. Angel Alcorcha no-hit San Francisco State in 1998 on her way to one of two perfect games thrown in team history.

Toros snap Pioneer winning streak
Cal State Dominguez Hills would get a much needed victory that snapped the Pioneers six-game win streak and ended their own 16-game losing skid. A three-run third inning homer off the bat of Alex Vela lifted the Pioneers to a 5-1 lead, and hopes of a series sweep were high. However a pair of two-out rallies tied the game through five innings and a disastrous defensive frame for East Bay aided the completion of the Toros comeback.

Pioneers win Tournament of Champions opener
Cal State East Bay softball opened its Tournament of Champions schedule with a 4-3 comeback victory over Western Oregon on April 4th at the Turlock Sports Complex. It was one of three games for the Pioneers on the day as they dropped narrow 4-2 and 2-1 results to Saint MartinÕs and Simon Fraser, respectively.

Pioneers drop pair
Cal State East Bay softball dropped both pool play contests on April 5, 2014 during the Tournament of Champions hosted by Cal State Stanislaus. The Pioneers fell 5-2 to Montana State Billings and 5-0 to Western Washington.

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