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April 14, 2010 > Lady Pioneers swept by Stanislaus

Lady Pioneers swept by Stanislaus

By Jeff Weisinger
Photos By Mike Heightchew

After winning six straight to end the month of March, the Cal State University-East Bay softball team seems to have hit a wall, losing its eighth straight game, a 8-0 shutout by Cal State Stanislaus on Saturday, April 10, giving Stanislaus the four-game sweep.

The shutout marks the second time in the last eight game that East Bay has been shutout. They lost 5-0 against Humboldt State on Monday, April 5, in the first loss in the eight-game skid.

Lady Pioneers starter Lauren Zweigle (5-15) struggled through six innings in the loss, allowing six runs (four earned) on eight hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Cat Schorn relieved Zweigle in the seventh inning, allowing two runs on three hits with a strikeout and a walk.

After being shutdown by Zweigle in the first two innings, Stanislaus broke through for three runs in the third inning. Cassandra Carlos' solo homer to left opened the scoring. Erica McIntyre's RBI single made the score 2-0 with one out and Missy Corral's sacrifice fly gave Stanislaus a 3-0 lead after three innings. Stanislaus would save the big inning for the end, scoring five runs in the seventh, highlighted by Nikky Rissetto's three-run homerun.

The Lady Pioneers' (12-28, 5-23 CCAA) will look to end its skid against Chico State in the final home series of the season, beginning on Friday, April 16, at 1 p.m.

Baseball: East Bay 1, Central Washington 7
After winning the series opener against Central Washington, 10-0, on Friday, April 9, the Cal State University-East Bay baseball team dropped the next two games in the Saturday, April 10, doubleheader, losing the first game 5-4 and the second game 7-1.

East Bay starter Aaron Hannigan (4-2) pitched six innings, allowing seven runs on 11 hits with a strikeout and walk.

Central Washington went to work off Hannigan right away in the first inning off an RBI single by Sean Murphy with two outs. The Wildcats would come back in the second inning, scoring four innings, including an RBI double by Ricky McKinney and an RBI single by Kelly Gau.

The Pioneers avoided the shutout in the seventh inning off a two-out RBI single by Richie Gonzalez.

East Bay rebounded on the series finale on Sunday, April 11, with an 8-6 win over Central Washington.

In a 6-6 tie in the ninth inning, Richie Gonzales knocked a one-out, RBI single, scoring Charlie Sharrer, giving East Bay a 7-6 lead. Josh Rush added a two-out, RBI single, plating Aaron Brown and giving CSUEB an insurance run.

Devin Grigg allowed the leadoff man to reach, but then induced three consecutive fly outs to get the win.

East Bay (16-24-1) returns home for a three-game series against Cal Poly Pomona in the second-to-last home series of the season, starting on Friday, April 16.

Water Polo: East Bay 12, UC San Diego 18
In its home finale, the Cal State University-East Bay water polo team fell, 18-12, against No.-17 UC San Diego on Friday, April 9.

Despite taking a 5-3 lead after the first quarter, UC San Diego came back to outscore the Lady Pioneers, 5-2, in the second quarter to take an 8-7 lead at the half. Claire Pierce led East Bay with four goals at the half.

Three goals by Kirsten Bates sparked a six-goal third quarter for UC San Diego as they outscored the Lady Pioneers, 10-5, in the second half.

East Bay bounced back a day later, traveling south and beating Fresno Pacific, 11-6, on Saturday, April 10.

East Bay returns to action at Santa Clara University in the regular-season finale on Saturday, April 17, at noon before taking part in the WWPA Championships from April 30 through May 1 at Cal State Bakersfield.

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