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May 4, 2012 > Pioneer baseball team knocks off Cal State L.A.

Pioneer baseball team knocks off Cal State L.A.

Submitted By Marty Valdez

The Cal State East Bay Pioneer baseball team put it all together in an 8-6 victory over Cal State L.A. in the second game of a doubleheader on April 30, 2012. Cal State L.A. took the first game, 6-5. East Bay stands at 10-24 in CCAA play and 16-28 overall. Cal State L.A., which needed a sweep to earn a spot in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) playoffs, is 21-17 in conference and 25-19 for the season.

In the first game, the L.A. Golden Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Kyle Zozaya drove in a pair of runs with a single in the third inning as the Pioneers cut the deficit to 3-2. Duran singled home a run in the sixth and the Golden Eagles added a pair of runs in the eighth inning to take a 6-2 lead. East Bay got back in the game with three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Andrew Woolfe had a two-out, two-run double. Davis followed with a single to score Woolfe. Sergio Luna retired the Pioneers in order in the ninth to pick up the save. Zozaya, Woolfe and Davis all had two hits. Zozaya and Woolfe each drove in a pair of runs. Jordan Wilder scored twice.

Brett Hall led the Pioneers' offensive attack in the second game with four hits in five plate appearances. Hall drove four RBIs, in a season-high. The Pioneers received a solid performance from starting pitcher Charlie Sharrer who earned his first victory of the season. In six innings of work, Sharrer allowed three earned runs on five hits and five strikeouts. At one point, Sharrer retired 16 of 17 Golden Eagle hitters.

East Bay received great production from their seven, eight and nine hitters in the victory. Jake Davis scored three times, Brad Rich crossed home plate twice, had a base hit and drove in a run, while Erik Rowen had two RBIs, a hit and scored a run in two plate appearances.

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