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February 24, 2010 > Women's softball recap

Women's softball recap

By Biff Jones

Cal State University East Bay Pioneers softball team of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), under the direction of coach Barbara Pierce, traveled to U.C. San Diego in La Jolla over the weekend of Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19-20, for back-to-back doubleheaders in its first road series of the 2010 season.

Game one on Friday saw the Pioneers give up four runs in the second inning and five more in the fourth to lose the opener 9-0 in a game called after four and a half innings because of the eight- run mercy rule. Catherine Schorn gave-up seven hits and two walks in her four innings of work to take the loss. Junior centerfielder Nicole Freiberg, formerly of Chabot College, had one of CSUEB's five hits: a double.

Friday's night cap saw a much closer game as the Pioneers fell 3-1. Freiberg had two hits for the visitors while catcher Rachelle Boone drove in East Bay's only run on a ground out. Lauren Zweigle went the distance yielding five hits and two walks while striking out four.

Saturday's opener was again close but UCSD prevailed with its third straight win, 3-0. Zweigle again took the loss as UCSD pounded out eight hits against her in four and two-thirds innings of work before being relieved by Schorn.

Shortstop Ashlee Coronado, right fielder Sarah Davini (a Hayward resident) and first baseman Emily Montanez each had two hits for the Pioneers.

In game four of the series, CSUEB eked out a 4-3 victory. Pioneers jumped out to the early lead scoring one run in the second and third innings, and added two more in the sixth.

San Diego got one in the fifth inning and two in the seventh, but it was not enough. Schorn went the distance for East Bay and evened her record at 2-2 on the year. Davini and Montanez each doubled in the seven-hit Pioneer attack with Davini scoring a run and Montanez driving in another.

CSUEB is now 2-6 on the year. They next play Cal State San Bernardino with home double headers on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27, with the first game on Friday starting at 1 p.m.; Saturday's first pitch is set for 11 a.m.

Junior College action saw Chabot defeat Foothill of Los Altos Hills on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 8-0, in five innings in their Coast Conference North (CCN) opener. Chabot then got shutout 14-0 on Thursday, Feb. 18, in a make-up game against Modesto. Friday, Feb. 19, Chabot beat Lassen of Susanville, 5-2, and lost, 12-4, on Saturday, Feb. 20, to Reedley College played at De Anza of Cupertino

Sophomore Shannon Merritt got the win against Foothill while freshman Cheyanne Bennitt earned the save. Sophomore shortstop Raquel Savoy went 3-3 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored. Desiree Ramos and Taylor Cruz each went 2-3 with both of Ramos' hits being doubles.

Chabot is now 2-3, 1-0 in CCN play. Next home games for Chabot are against De Anza on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m., College of the Redwoods from Eureka on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. and American River of Sacramento on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m.

Ohlone Renegades also had its CCN opener last week and they defeated the College of San Mateo on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 8-3, in a road encounter; and Foothill, 8-0, in five innings at home on Thursday, Feb. 18.

Against San Mateo, Ohlone jumped out to a 6-0 lead with four runs in the first inning and two more in the second. Each would score a run in the fifth with Ohlone adding another in the top of the sixth and San Mateo answering with two in its half of the sixth.

Freshman Jessica Varaday went the distance for the Renegades allowing five hits, two walks and striking out three. Sophomore second baseman Julyssa Perry was 1-2 with two walks; Varaday went 3-4 with a home run; freshman first baseman Megan Ramierz was 3-3 with a sacrifice bunt; and sophomore left fielder Maria Jones went 2-4 including a triple.

In the Foothill game, Varaday pitched the whole five innings while surrendering just two hits and striking out six. She also went 2-3 at the plate including a double and an RBI. Freshman Stephanie Hatley was 3-3 with a triple, double, two runs scored and two RBIs; Jones went 2-3 with a double and three RBIs; and sophomore Shelby Tomasello went 2-3 including a double and two runs scored.

Ohlone is now 5-3-1, 2-0 in CCN play. Next home game for the Renegades is against Chabot on Thursday, March 4, at 3 p.m. For a complete schedule of collegiate softball, log onto the TCV Sports Web site at

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