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April 27, 2010 > Lady Pioneers swept in final series of season

Lady Pioneers swept in final series of season

By Jeff Weisinger

What started rough for the Cal State University East Bay softball team ended just as rough last weekend, as they were swept in four-games to eventual CCAA regular-season champion Cal State Monterey Bay, including a five-inning, 8-0, one-hit shutout in game two on Saturday, April 24.

East Bay starter Lauren Zweigle (6-20) pitched just an inning-plus, allowing two runs on three hits in the second game. This performance comes after she allowed two runs on four hits through six innings in a 4-1 loss in game one. Cat Schorn relieved Zweigle in the second inning after Zweigle allowed a leadoff double to Jamie Moon and an RBI single up the middle to Diane Ortiz, giving the Otters the opening 1-0 lead.

Schorn would go on to struggle against Monterey Bay, allowing six runs, four earned, on 10 hits through three innings.

On the other side, Otters' left-hander Nicole Garcia (8-3) cruised through the Lady Pioneers lineup, allowing just one hit in her five-inning shutout. Garcia took a no hitter into the fifth inning until Sarah Hasenfus singled with one out to end the no-no. Ortiz would retire Ashlee Coronado and Dani Foster, stranding a runner at third to end East Bay's rally.

Monterey Bay had two, three-run innings to keep the Lady Pioneers at bay. Milpitas native Niki Ames went 1-3 at the plate for Monterey Bay in the win.

East Bay finishes the regular season with a 14-36 overall record and a 5-31 CCAA record.

Golf
The East Bay women's golf team finished in fifth place in the Sonoma State Women's Spring Invitational which was held on Sunday to Tuesday, April 18-20, at the Fountaingrove Golf and Country Club in Santa Rosa.

Catrina Williams' 185 through two rounds led East Bay in their final tournament of the season. She finished the second round with a team-low 89, taking seven strokes off her Monday score of 96. Williams would finish 25th overall.

On the Men's side of the green, the Pioneers finished 8th at the CCAA Championships with a score of 304 at the Hunter Ranch Golf Club.

Senior Jordan Cimino help lead the way for East Bay, finishing with a 73 in the first round; 79 in the second; and a 74 in round three.

Baseball: East Bay 6, Cal State San Bernardino 2
Cal State University East Bay baseball ended its four-game skid in the second game of Saturday's (April 24) doubleheader at Cal State Bernardino, defeating the Coyotes, 6-2, in seven innings, ending a nine-game win streak. East Bay's win comes just after the Pioneers dropped the first game of the day, 5-0.

Pioneers starter Aaron Hannigan (5-3) tossed seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out six. Hannigan started the day retiring the first 10 batters until he allowed a single to centerfield to Cody Madison. The single proved harmless as Hannigan retired the next two batters, including striking out Darren Dworak to end the fourth.

The Pioneer offense took charge against Coyote starter Daniel Stenavich (3-5), taking the opening 1-0 lead in the first inning off Devin Grigg's RBI bunt-single down the third base line, and scored three runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by Stephen Gatehouse's RBI double to left with two outs.

Grigg finished the day 1-4 with the RBI and Gatehouse went 2-3 with three RBIs.

East Bay's win would not last long as the Pioneers would fall 13-8 to the Coyotes on Sunday's (April 25) fourth and final game of the series.

The Pioneers (19-28-1, 12-23 CCAA) will play Sonoma State on Tuesday, April 27, (scores unavailable for press) before returning home for the final series of the regular season against Cal State L.A. beginning on Friday, April 30.

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