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Pioneer Athlete of the Week: Jaynie MacDonald

The Pioneer Athlete of the Week, Cal State East Bay senior outfielder Jaynie MacDonald , fields a ground ball in the outfield during a home game at Pioneer Softball Field on the Hayward campus last month during a 4-3 victory against the Academy of Art University.

The Pioneer Athlete of the Week, Cal State East Bay senior outfielder Jaynie MacDonald , fields a ground ball in the outfield during a home game at Pioneer Softball Field on the Hayward campus last month during a 4-3 victory against the Academy of Art University.

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The Pioneer Athlete of the Week, Cal State East Bay senior outfielder Jaynie MacDonald , fields a ground ball in the outfield during a home game at Pioneer Softball Field on the Hayward campus last month during a 4-3 victory against the Academy of Art University.

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The Pioneer Athlete of the Week, Cal State East Bay senior outfielder Jaynie MacDonald , fields a ground ball in the outfield during a home game at Pioneer Softball Field on the Hayward campus last month during a 4-3 victory against the Academy of Art University.

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Cal State East Bay senior outfielder Jaynie MacDonald recorded six hits in 14 plate appearances that included four home runs and seven runs batted in during a four-game home stand against the No. 19 Humboldt State Jacks over the weekend in Hayward.

“I told myself Jaynie hit the ball and that was what I did,””

— CSUEB outfielder Jaynie MacDonald

“Our hitters were in full force with Jaynie MacDonald having a monster weekend,” CSUEB Head Coach Barbara Pierce said after the gave.

The Pioneers finished the series against Humboldt State 2-2, thanks in large part to the offensive output by MacDonald. MacDonald was responsible for more than half of the Pioneers runs in their two victories and even managed to score the lone run in the game two loss for CSUEB.

“After I got the double in my first at bat I just went up there and trusted my hands,” MacDonald said. “I told myself Jaynie hit the ball and that was what I did the rest of the time.”

CSUEB junior pitcher Sierra Clark profited from the offensive output and picked up two victories in two starts over the weekend.

“[Jaynie’s home run] was a huge momentum shift going into that game,” Clark said. “From then on out I felt really comfortable and just went out there.”
MacDonald leads the California Collegiate Athletic Association conference in home runs with seven and is second in RBIs with 20.

She has a batting average of .339 and a slugging percentage of .821 after she recorded 19 hits and four walks in 56 plate appearances this season.

She also received the CCAA Player of the Week award on Tuesday for her performance in the last five games.

MacDonald and the Pioneers will have their hands full this weekend as they are scheduled to host a four-game series against the No. 3 ranked Cal State Monterey Bay on Friday and Saturday at Pioneer Softball Field on the Hayward campus.

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