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March 31, 2010 > Pioneers split home doubleheader

Pioneers split home doubleheader

By Jeff Weisinger
Photos By Mike Heightchew

Amidst two seven-game losing streaks, the Cal State University-East Bay baseball team seems to have found its niche after splitting a Sunday, March 28, doubleheader against Sonoma State, winning the first game 11-10 and losing 9-8 in 11 innings in the second game.

The Pioneers are an even 5-5 in the last 10 games since ending its second seven-game losing streak after defeating Cal State Dominguez Hills, 12-11, on March 14.

After a seven-hit, six-run third inning that gave East Bay a 7-0 lead after three innings, highlighted by of RBI doubles off the bats of Nick McManus and Devin Grigg, the Pioneer bullpen collapsed, allowing Sonoma State to rally back with a seven-run ninth inning, tying the game at 10. In the bottom of the ninth, Stephen Gatehouse sent a 3-2 pitch over the fence, avoiding potential disaster for the game-winning homer in East Bay's 11-10 win.

Along with his RBI double in the third inning, Grigg picked up his second win of the year, pitching one and a third innings in relief, allowing just one run while striking out four.

Both teams entered a shootout in the second game that would go into extra innings.

The Seawolves struck first with two runs in the first inning off Pioneers starter Aaron Hannigan. Hannigan would go six innings, allowing five runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts in the no decision.

The Pioneers would strike back in the bottom of the second inning, cutting the deficit to 2-1 off James McShane's sacrifice, scoring Levi Josewski from third with two outs.

East Bay's biggest rally came in the seventh inning, as Charlie Sharrer's two-RBI single to left and Grigg's sacrifice fly to right field sparked a three-run rally, tying the game at five. East Bay would tie the game again in the eighth inning off a two-run homerun by Stephen Gatehouse.

However, mental mistakes would hurt East Bay in the 11th inning off an error by centerfielder Jimmy Ly, allowing the runner to score from first, giving the Seawolves a 9-8 lead.

A single by Gatehouse nearly sparked another Pioneer rally; however three straight groundouts would strand Gatehouse at second to end the game.

East Bay (10-21-1, 6-18) will host Patten University on Wednesday, March 31, at 1:30 p.m.

Softball: East Bay 2, Humboldt State 0
After losing four straight games to open the Tournament of Champions last weekend at Cal State Stanislaus, the Lady Pioneers fought back on Saturday and Sunday, March 27-28, winning three of their last four games, however lost the tournament finale against Humboldt State 8-0.

Lady Pioneers starter Lauren Zweigle (3-11) struggled through four innings, allowing six runs on nine hits with just one strikeout.

Humboldt State opened the scoring in the third with RBI singles by Nikki Ketteringham and Anna Feick. They also took advantage of two passed balls with Ketteringham scoring on one of them, giving Humboldt the early 3-0 lead.

They would strike again in the fifth inning, highlighted by a two-RBI double by Chrissy Stalf and an RBI single by Kristen Nousovski.

The Lady Pioneers (10-20) return home on Wednesday, March 31, to take on Menlo College.

Water Polo: East Bay splits Fluid Five tournament in Indy
After winning five straight games entering the Fluid Five tournament in Indiana, the East Bay Water Polo team met its match, going 2-2 in the tournament, losing to No. 8 Michigan, 16-3, and Indiana, 17-10.

East Bay defeated Gannon University, 21-7, and Mercyhurst University, 14-8, in back-to-back games.

The Lady Pioneers will travel to Seaside, Calif., on Saturday, April 3, for a doubleheader against Concordia (Irvine) at 1 p.m. and Cal State Monterey Bay at 4 p.m., and return for their home finale on Friday, April 9, against UC San Diego at 5 p.m.

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