April 15, 2014 > CSUEB Softball Report
CSUEB Softball Report
Submitted By Scott Chisholm
Solo homers En-Abel Pioneers
Cal State East Bay blasted six solo home runs during an April 11th league doubleheader with Cal State San Bernardino at Pioneer Field. A program-tying single game record five came in a 6-3 game one victory, while Jaynie MacDonaldÕs game two blast was the only run in a pitcherÕs duel ending with Jordan Abel notching the first complete game shutout of her collegiate career.
The Pioneer home run frenzy was off and running as leadoff batter Lauren Vestal belted her second of the season and first at Pioneer Field. A run-scoring double from Chelsie Kakela later in the frame gave East Bay a lead that Emily Perlich would enjoy throughout the series opener.
Meli Sanchez and Ali Cerminara each went deep in the third and Alex Vela provided an insurance run and was the fourth long ball of the day in the fourth inning. Equally as important was VelaÕs defensive effort as she made two diving stops to start 4-6-3 double plays in the fifth and seventh innings.
Kelsey LaVaute launched the first pitch offering from relief pitcher Brandy Morin over the wall in center field in the sixth inning providing the final 6-3 score. She is now tied for the team lead with seven homers this season and equaled the teamÕs record with five homers in a game set two seasons ago.
MacDonald had both of East BayÕs hits in the second game with the game-winner coming in the fourth. She deposited her sixth homer of the season over the left center field wall.
Luhman threw a two-hitter, struck out six and walked two in six innings in the circle. Abel fanned three batters and has lowered her season earned run average from 4.15 to 2.86 over her past three outings.
Perlich sets strikeout record
Cal State East Bay softball completed its first California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) series sweep since April 2012 following 8-1 and 3-2 home wins over Cal State San Bernardino on April 12th. Emily Perlich set a new program record with 13 strikeouts in the opener as the Pioneers moved ahead of the Coyotes in the league standings.