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March 11, 2014 > Pioneer bats explode in win over Menlo

Pioneer bats explode in win over Menlo

Submitted By Steve Connolly

CSUEB 9, Menlo 4
March 4, 2014

The Pioneer baseball team had a breakout offensive performance on March 4th in a 9-4 non-conference win over visiting Menlo College (7-9). Cal State East Bay (9-7) notched season highs for both runs scored and hits (15) as the team improved its home record to 7-3. This was a makeup game from the rained out contest between the Pioneers and Oaks back on Feb. 8.Ê

On the defensive side of the ball, it was a staff day for East Bay. Head coach Bob Ralson used 10 pitchers in the victory, and none for more than one inning. Michael Pope, Bryce Vidmar, Julian Garcia, John Tierney, Marcus Williams, Chacho Madrigal, Bryan Webster, Brian Allec, Chris Schmalz, and Jason Fletcher combined to allow just one earned run on four hits with five walks and 10 strikeouts.Ê

For both Tierney and Allec, it was their first appearance as Pioneers. Both freshmen right-handers used redshirts last year. Williams saw his first collegiate action on the mound after previously being used exclusively as an infielder.

"It was good to get a lot of guys some work today," said Ralston. "We had several guys throw well, and it was good to see our bats wake up. Carney had a real big game -- drove in some runs and made a Sportscenter catch."

Ralston was referring to a leaping catch made by first baseman Daniel Carney on a foul pop-up right in front of the Menlo dugout. It was a nifty play from a player who otherwise stood out with his bat on this day.

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