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March 3, 2010 > Weather plays havoc with women's softball

Weather plays havoc with women's softball

By Biff Jones

Wind and rain last week caused more college women's softball games to be postponed than were played. A Tuesday, Feb. 23, game between the Chabot Gladiators and Mission of Santa Clara had to be rescheduled while on Thursday, Feb. 25, the Ohlone Renegades were forced to move its scheduled game at Mission to Ohlone on the account of wet grounds.

Ohlone's games on Saturday, Feb. 27 - a road doubleheader at Solano vs. Solano and Siskiyous - were rained out.

On Friday, Feb. 26, the Cal State East Bay (CSUEB) Pioneers had to move its scheduled home doubleheader against Cal State San Bernardino (CSUSB) to Sunday while the start of its Saturday doubleheader vs. CSUSB got delayed a couple of hours.

Also on Saturday, Chabot was forced to move its games vs. Redwoods of Eureka and American River of Sacramento to Monday, March 1 (results unavailable at press), and Friday, March 12, respectfully.

In scheduled games that were played, Ohlone took care of Coast Conference North (CCN) foe Mission College, 19-1, in 5 innings because of the eight-run mercy rule.

Freshman Jessica Varaday picked up win number six in eight decisions, improving to 6-2. Varaday gave up three hits and had four strikeouts over four innings of work. Sophomore Kendall Beermann, recovering from shoulder surgery, pitched the fifth and added two more Ks. Hitting stars for the Renegades were sophomore Ashley Nahale (3-4, 3B, 4 RBIs, 4R), sophomore Ashtyn Mullen (3-4, 2 RBIs, R), Varaday (3-4, 2B, RBI, 3R), freshman Stephanie Hatley (2B, 2 RBIs, R) and sophomore Paulina Gentry (3B).

Chabot did get in one game last week, a 2-1 home victory on Thursday, Feb. 25, over De Anza of Cupertino, also a CCN rival.

For CSUEB, they were able to get one game in on Saturday, Feb. 27, a 3-2 win over CSUSB. After three scoreless innings, the visitors broke through for a run in the fourth off Pioneers starter Lauren Zweigle. Cat Schorn relieved Zweigle and gave up a run in the sixth giving CSUSB a 2-0 lead.

East Bay was held hitless until freshman shortstop Ashlee Coronado smacked a single in the bottom of the sixth. She was then stranded at second.

Junior centerfielder Nikki Freiberg (from Chabot) opened the seventh with a double. After two quick outs, freshman third baseman Devon Mercurio was hit by a pitch and pinch hitter Dani Foster put the ball in play when she grounded into an error that plated Freiberg. Schorn then delivered a double that scored the tying and winning runs in the first of four scheduled games.

In the nightcap on Saturday, started by Schorn, the game was called to darkness after three innings with a scoreless tie. It resumed on Sunday morning with Schorn giving up four runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth while going the distance as the Pioneers lost 6-0.

In the third game of the weekend series, the two teams battled offensively early in the game as CSUSB scored a run in the first inning and three in the second. Pioneers answered with three in its half of the first; two in the second; and one in the fourth.

Zweigle pitched two and two-thirds innings; Schorn tossed the last four and a third to get the win in the 6-4 victory. Hitting stars for the hosts were senior right fielder Sarah Davini (a Hayward resident) going 2-3 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored and freshman Sara Holdridge with a three-run homerun.

Final game of the four-game set was a pitching duel with Zweigle toeing the rubber for East Bay. It was a scoreless game until the fifth inning when both teams put a run on the board.

After a scoreless sixth, the visitors finally got to Zweigle with three straight singles to chase the Pioneer starter. Schorn relieved Zweigle and before she could put out the fire, CSUSB had plated five runs. Visitors then shut down the Pioneers in the bottom of the seventh for a 6-1 victory and split of the four games.

CSUEB is now 4-8 for the season with Schorn 4-3 and Zweigle at 0-5. Next home games for the Pioneers are doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday, March 5-6, against Sonoma State. Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. and Saturday's at noon.

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