April 26, 2011 > East Bay softball battles in final series
East Bay softball battles in final series
By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Cal State East Bay softball concluded its regular season with a tough four-game series against the No. 10 nationally ranked UC San Diego. Entering the series, the Lady Pioneers were hoping for a series win to finish the season with an above-.500 record. However, against one of the top teams in the country, they dropped three of four.
On Friday, April 22, the Lady Pioneers lost a pair of games in two completely different fashions. To open the set, CSUEB were handed a 12-2 loss. Both clubs scored a pair of runs in the first, but UCSD ran away with the game with three in the second, one in the fourth and six in the seventh. Talia Ferrari got the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings.
However, in game two on Friday, East Bay played San Diego tough. Kelly Lowe went the distance for the Lady Pioneers, allowing two runs on five hits in a closely-contested 2-1 San Diego win. East Bay took a 1-0 lead in the fourth courtesy of a Heidi McAllister homerun. Two innings later, San Diego clawed its way back with two runs of their own on a two-out, pinch-hit, two-run single by Swanberg.
In game one of a Saturday doubleheader with UC San Diego, the Lady Pioneers broke out for 11 runs in a 11-3 win. Ferrari started but struggled, going 2 1/3 innings and allowing three runs on four hits. Lowe came in and shut them down, allowing just a single hit in 3 2/3 innings. With CSUEB holding a 4-3 lead in the fourth, they sealed the win with six in the frame. Kassandra Winger, Taylor Neumann and Jamie Yaller all had two RBIs on the day; Nikki Freiberg led the team with four RBIs. All four aforementioned players homered in the contest.
East Bay's (24-27, 14-12 CCAA) season ended on a sour note, however, when UC San Diego left Hayward with a 4-1 win in nine innings. Lowe went the distance in the game, allowing all four runs, just one earned, on two hits. Lowe recorded the first two outs with ease in the ninth before hitting a batter. San Diego's next hitter reached on an error, allowing the runner at first to come all the way around for the eventual winning run.
CSUEB's baseball team concludes its season with a three-game set in Phoenix, Ariz., against Grand Canyon from Friday, April 29, through Sunday, May 1. However, the Pioneers concluded its home season with a four-game set against Chico State, splitting the series.
On Thursday, Chico State triumphed 2-1. East Bay scored its lone run in the first inning and that appeared to be all Zach Aguirre needed. However, single runs in the fifth and sixth innings proved to be enough for Chico to take the win and tag Aguirre with the loss.
A day later, East Bay rebounded from the pitchers' duel loss with a 6-3 win. East Bay's middle of the lineup -- Nick McManus (1-4, RBI), Josh Rush (3-3, 2 RBIs) and Lincoln Clapper (2-4, 2 RBIs) -- contributed for all the Pioneer runs. CSUEB led 6-0 at one point before Chico put up three in the eighth. Brandyn Bell went eight innings and got the win on the hill.
East Bay and Chico concluded its series with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 23. Chico took game one of the day, 11-3, thanks to nine runs in the final two innings, going from one run down to eight runs up. Paul Jinkens got the loss. However, East Bay (15-32, 13-27 CCAA) bounced back and took the final game of the series, 5-0. Scott Shields led the offensive attack with a 2-3 day and three RBIs. Bryce Miller went the complete seven innings, allowing seven hits in his shutout.
In other East Bay athletics news, the Lady Pioneers water polo team was awarded the No. 5 seed in the Women's Water Polo Association tournament, which runs from Friday, April 29, through Sunday, May 1, at Chabot College in Hayward. In their opening round contest, East Bay will take on the No. 4 Colorado State Lady Rams at 10:30 a.m. on the opening day of the event. CSUEB will need to win three consecutive matches, and the WWPA title in the process, to earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Women's Water Polo Championships in Michigan, May 13-15.