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February 24, 2010 > East Bay water polo #19 in nation

East Bay water polo #19 in nation

By Jeff Weisinger

After earning the programs first-ever national ranking, the no.-19 Cal State East Bay women's water polo team proved its national ranking, easily handling Cal Lutheran, 15-6, on Friday, Feb. 19, and defeating Fresno Pacific, 19-4, on Saturday, Feb. 20.

East Bay controlled Saturday's game from the very start, outscoring the Sunbirds 11-1 in the first half, scoring seven unanswered goals against Fresno Pacific in the first quarter alone.

Katie Rayner ended the Lady Pioneers hopes of a shutout, cutting the East Bay lead to 9-1 with her Sunbird goal at the 4:05 mark in the second quarter.

East Bay went on another fast start in the third quarter, scoring twice in the opening minutes on goals by Brianna Finney and Danielle Comforti.

The Lady Pioneers extended its streak to six games with a double-overtime win over Sonoma State, 17-16, at the Seawolf Splash held in Rohnert Park, Calif., on Sunday, Feb. 21. However, the Lady Pioneers' streak came to an end with a loss to UC Davis, 18-11, later that day.

East Bay (8-6) will travel to Chapman College this weekend as they will play Chapman in the Chapman Tournament.

Baseball: East Bay 6, Simpson 10 (11 inn., Game 1); East Bay 7, Simpson 7 (8 inn., Game 2)
The losing streak for the Pioneers baseball team came to an interesting stop on Saturday, Feb. 20, after East Bay tied Simpson University, 7-7, in the second game of Saturday's series-ending doubleheader. The eight-inning tie comes shortly after East Bay fell to Simpson 10-6 in 11 innings in the first game of the day.

East Bay (2-7-1) took a 3-1 lead in game two before Simpson scored three runs in both the fourth and sixth inning, outscoring East Bay 6-3 between innings four through six as they took a 7-6 lead. East Bay tied the game in the bottom of the eighth off John Howard's RBI single to left.

The umpire's called the game after the eighth inning to darkness, leaving it as a tie.

East Bay has not won a game, losing six in a row and tying one game, since they defeated Cal State Monterey Bay, 7-5, on February 10.

The Pioneers battled Patten University on Monday, Feb. 22, looking to end its seven-game winless streak (results unavailable at press).

Men's Basketball: East Bay 65, S.F. State 69
The losing streak for the East Bay men's basketball team reached 10 games after the Pioneers dropped another game, this time to San Francisco State, 65-69, on Saturday, Feb. 20.

Despite Mark Samuels' 20-point night, along with teammate Donavon Jackson's 12, the Pioneers could not contain the Gators' three, double-digit scorers. Tim Pratt scored a team-high 19, while Marquel Hoskins and Nefi Perdomo each dropped 13 against the Pioneers.

East Bay's shooting struggles continued again as the Pioneers shot a mere 33.3 percent from the court, compared to S.F. State's 42.4 percent.

S.F. State led all game, taking a 36-27 halftime lead, and continued on that lead going into the second half, despite a 10-3 run by East Bay in the first six minutes of the half.

East Bay will take on Humboldt State on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m.

Women's basketball: East Bay 58, S.F. State 66
The nightmare that is the Cal State East Bay women's basketball team is near its end with the Lady Pioneers losing its road finale at San Francisco State, 66-58, on Saturday, Feb. 20.

Since the upset win over Cal State Los Angeles, the Lady Pioneers have dropped six straight with jus two games (both at home) left in the season.

Claudia Nelson continued her dominant year, scoring a team-high 18 points with teammate Emily Velenziano scoring 11. But even with two double-digit scorers, the Lady Pioneers struggled on the court, shooting just 28.1 percent from the court, while S.F. State shot 41.4 percent.

The Lady Pioneers will look to end the season on a good when it hosts Humboldt State on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 5:30 p.m.

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