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February 17, 2010 > East Bay water polo out-duels #17 Cal State Bakersfield

East Bay water polo out-duels #17 Cal State Bakersfield

By Jeff Weisinger

For the second time this season, the Cal State East Bay women's water polo team defeated a nationally-ranked opponent, topping #17 Cal State Bakersfield, 10-9, in overtime in the first day of the Roadrunner Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 13.

Both teams kept it close in the first half with Bakersfield up 4-3.

However, Bakersfield would storm back in the third quarter, outscoring the Pioneers 3-1, despite an early Pioneer goal by Sam Shead 30 seconds into the quarter. Alyson Moss would put the Roadrunners back in the lead for the first time since the 2:35 mark in the first quarter with her goal to put Bakersfield up 5-4.

East Bay would strike back to tie the game at 5-all off a goal from Liz Warren. Bakersfield would answer right back to take a 6-5 lead to end the third quarter off a goal from Becky Seelos with two minutes left.

The Pioneers would take a 7-6 lead from goals by Danielle Comforti and freshman Claire Pierce in a defensively-strong fourth quarter, But the Roadrunners would tie the game at seven off C.J. Longeuay's goal in the final minutes, sending the game into overtime.

In the extra frame, the Pioneers took charge as Pierce scored her second goal, followed by Warren's third goal to put East Bay up 9-7. Despite two straight goals by Bakersfield, Tristan Kennedy sealed the win for the Pioneers with her goal with 51 seconds left, putting East Bay up 10-9.

East Bay (2-4) fell to #9 Hartwick, 14-10, in its first game of the day prior to the upset victory over Bakersfield. And on Sunday, Feb. 14, East Bay pulled to .500 on the year (4-4) with two one-goal wins, first over Colorado State, 8-7; and then over Santa Clara, 9-8.

East Bay returns home to take on Cal Lutheran on Friday, Feb. 19.

Baseball: East Bay 9, Chico State 10
All it took was one, five-run seventh inning for Chico State's baseball team to comeback from a 6-4 deficit to complete the four-game sweep against Cal State East Bay on Sunday, Feb. 14, as Chico State defeated the Pioneers 10-9.

The Pioneers have dropped four straight, all of which came in the sweep by Chico, since defeating Cal State Monterey Bay, 7-5, in the conference opener on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

East Bay pitching struggled against Chico in the series, allowing 10 or more runs in three games. The Pioneers only allowed four runs to Chico in Saturday's 4-2 loss.

The Pioneers will return home for a two-game set against Simpson College on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19 and 20.

Softball: East Bay 2, SFSU 4 (Gm. 1)/East Bay 0, SFSU 8 (Gm. 2)
Despite a 4-1 win in its opener against the SFSU Gators on Friday, Feb.12, the Cal State East Bay softball team's offense faded quickly as the Lady Pioneers dropped the next three games of the four-game series to start its season 1-3.

East Bay was outscored 15-2 in the three losses, including an 8-0 loss in the second game on Saturday, Feb. 14, which lasted only six innings.

Lauren Zweigle (0-2) took the loss, despite pitching strong through most of her five and two-thirds innings, although she allowed eight runs on eight hits, three earned, while striking out seven.

Vanessa Truan (1-0) took the win for SFSU, pitching all six innings, allowing just three hits while walking and striking out five.

Both teams battled back and forth for the first three innings until the Gators struck through in the fourth as Lea Cardenas homered off Zweigle with two out for the only hit of the inning. SFSU would strike, and finish the game in the sixth, scoring seven runs, capitalizing off three Lady Pioneer errors.

East Bay will travel to La Jolla to take on UC San Diego on Friday, Feb. 19, for a two-game, weekend series.

Women's Basketball: East Bay 59, Cal State Stanislaus 67
The Cal State East Bay women's basketball team dropped its third straight since defeating Cal State L.A. on February 4 after a 67-59 loss to Cal State Stanislaus on Saturday, Feb, 13.

Marlene MacMillan's 19 points, along with Claudia Nelson's 13, were not enough to keep Stanislaus at bay, despite leading throughout the entire first half, taking a 10-point, 34-24 lead at the break. The Pioneers would keep the lead halfway through the second quarter until Christin Gowan's layup gave Stanislaus the one-point lead with 9:31 left. Stanislaus would end up holding off a Pioneer rally in the game's final minutes to hold on for the win.

The Lady Pioneers (1-21, 1-16) are on the road for three more games before returning home for the final two games of the season on February 24.

Men's Basketball: East Bay 60, Cal State Stanislaus 67
The Pioneers dropped its seventh straight in Turlock on Saturday, Feb. 13, falling 67-60 to Cal State Stanislaus.

Jawaan Rubin's 16 points along with Donovan Jackson's 13 were not enough to hold off Stanislaus' offense, despite both teams trading the lead back and forth throughout the game.

Both teams went into halftime with the score tied at 35; however Stanislaus would take the lead with 12:06 left and held onto the lead for the win.

East Bay (5-17, 2-15) will finish the rest of its three-game road trip before returning home to take on Humboldt State on February 24.

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