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March 10, 2010 > East Bay dominates in Thousand Oaks

East Bay dominates in Thousand Oaks

By Jeff Weisinger
Photos By Mike Heightchew

After defeating Cal-Lutheran in Hayward two weeks ago, the Cal State East Bay water polo team went down to Thousand Oaks for the "Cal-Lu"-fornia Spring Classic" tournament last Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7, and continued its winning ways.

After losing a nightmarish 20-2 against Arizona State in the tournament opener on Saturday, March 6, the Lady Pioneers took care of business, defeating Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 13-6, in the second game of the day, then defeated LaVerne, 19-9, and Pomona Pitzer, 9-7, the following day. East Bay would go on to outscore its opponents 41-22 in the three wins during the tournament.

The Lady Pioneers return home for a three-game stand starting on Saturday, March 13, when they take on Sonoma State at noon. East Bay defeated Sonoma State, 17-16, in overtime in the Seawolf Splash tournament at Sonoma State on February 21.

East Bay will also take on Macalester College at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 13, in the second game of the doubleheader, followed by a game against Harvard on Friday, March 19, at noon.

Softball: East Bay 2, Sonoma State 3 (Gm. 1) East Bay 2, Sonoma State 9 (Gm. 2)
Sonoma State completed its four-game sweep of Cal State East Bay on Saturday, March 6, outscoring the Lady Pioneers by a combined 12-4 as Sonoma won the first game, 3-2, followed by dominating the second game, 9-2.

East Bay racked up a mere four hits between the two games on Saturday (two each) along with scoring just two runs in each game.

Sonoma State's Samantha Lipperd picked up her eighth win of the season in game one in a two-hit, two-run complete game that also saw her strike out eight. Teammate Julianne Martinez picked up her seventh win of the season, throwing a complete game, two hitter, allowing two runs and striking out five.

The Lady Pioneer lineup was simply nonexistent, as the Pioneers combined to go 4-43 in Saturday's doubleheader.

East Bay (4-12, 4-12 CCAA) will look to end its five-game skid when they travel to Carson to take on Cal State Dominguez Hills on Friday and Saturday, March 12-13, for a two-game series.

Baseball: East Bay 5, #3 UC San Diego 18
UC San Diego completed its four-game sweep of the Pioneers on Sunday, March 7, defeating East Bay, 18-5.

Everybody in the UCSD lineup had at least one hit, totaling 22 hits against the Pioneer pitchers on the day.

East Bay's Aaron Hannigan struggled through five innings in his first loss of the season, allowing eight runs (all earned) on 10 hits while striking out four batters. After Hannigan, UCSD tore through Pioneer pitchers Rich Kemp, Nick Goulet, Felipe Carvajal, Cody Hazen and Devin Grigg for a combined 10 runs allowed, only five of which were earned, on a combined 12 hits with just one strikeout (Grigg).

First baseman Levi Josewski had the only multi-hit game for East Bay, going 2-4 with an RBI.

The Pioneers (5-13, 2-10-0) will travel to Carson to take on Cal State Dominguez Hills for a four-game series starting on Thursday, March 12, with a doubleheader on Friday.

Women's Basketball
Despite just two wins on the 2009-10 season, the Lady Pioneers still have something to celebrate.

Freshman Lauren Lucchesi was named the CCAA Freshman of the Year on Monday, March 2.

Lucchesi ranked sixth in the CCAA in rebounding, averaging 7.6 boards a game and was East Bay's fourth-leading scorer, averaging 7.3 points per game. Lucchesi was also the only Lady Pioneer to start all 27 games on the season.

"We are very proud of Lauren for earning such an honor," said East Bay coach Toni West. "She has grown tremendously as a player and succeeded in playing a role for us that that she was not accustomed to.

"I look forward to continuing to watch her become a better player," West added. "Congratulations go out to Lauren and her family, who have given all of their support to our program."

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