April 29, 2014 > Senior Hurlers lead East Bay sweep
Senior Hurlers lead East Bay sweep
Submitted By Steve Connolly
Cal State East Bay seniors Nick Hudson and Sean Becker both tossed complete games to lead the Pioneer baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of visiting Cal State L.A. on Saturday, April 26th. The home team captured victories by scores of 4-0 and 8-2 to improve its record to 25-17 overall and 19-15 in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) play. East Bay has now won 10 of its last 12 games.Ê
The Pioneers never trailed in either game.
Junior Ryan Kochan finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and was the only Pioneer to notch multiple hits (although East Bay did draw six walks in the game). Jason Fletcher was aboard three times with a single and two bases on balls. Zac Chuvala went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored to go along with a flawless day at shortstop.Ê
Hudson scattered six hits, walked three, and struck out six Golden Eagles over nine scoreless innings to pick up his team-leading eighth victory of the season. It was the senior's first shutout, but it was also his conference-leading fifth complete game of 2014.
Becker was perhaps even sharper than his teammate as the Pioneers cruised to another victory in the second game. After he got through the first inning scoreless, East Bay's offense staked the right-hander to a 4-0 lead by batting around in the bottom of the frame.ÊBecker is now 14-6 over the past two seasons with 10 complete games, which is tied for the 10th-most in program history.
The Pioneer offense racked up 14 hits in the game, 12 of which came in the first four innings. Kelly Starnes had a monster game, finishing 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. It was the junior's second four-hit game in the past two weeks.ÊDaniel Carney went 3-for-4 with a run and raised his batting average to .347, tops on the team. Fletcher, Wise, and Alexander all went 2-for-5, with Fletcher driving in two runs. Wise scored twice and stole his team-best 16th base of the season.
Sophomore Chris Porter reached twice on a pair of walks, and Kochan knocked in two runs, giving him four RBI in the doubleheader. He also had an outstanding day defensively at third base, taking away an extra base hit with a diving stop down the line and exhibiting nifty glove work overall.Ê
Becker allowed two runs on seven hits, struck out two, and did not walk a batter in a nine-inning effort. He leads the CCAA with 85.0 innings pitched this season and has issued just nine walks in 12 starts.