CSUEB spring sports kickoff for student athletes

By TJ Porreca, SPORTS EDITOR

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California State University, East Bay hosted its Spring Sports Kickoff event on Tuesday as its student-athletes prepare for the upcoming spring seasons in various sports.
All CSUEB spring sports teams, including men’s baseball, women’s softball and track and field were featured in the event.
Each team featured in the event was front and center on the Agora stage near the University Union as the East Bay study body looked on during University hour.
The men’s baseball team begins its season on Feb. 1 with a three-game series against Menlo College. The Pioneer baseball team is coming off of a 24-26 season last year, in which they went 21-23 in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) play. At home, the Pioneers went three games over .500, 15-12, last season.
Women’s softball begins its season the following day with a doubleheader against Holy Names University.
CSUEB’s women’s softball team will compete in the Dixie State Courtyard Classic that begins Feb. 7 in St. George, Utah.
The tournament will feature 14 teams, headlined by the Pioneers playing four games in a two-day span.
First, the Pioneers will take on Chadron State and Colorado Mesa on Feb. 7, then Colorado State-Pueblo and Dixie State on Feb. 8.
The Pioneer softball team went 19-36 in 2018, but impressively, 12 of their 19 wins came at home.
Both the Men’s and Women’s track and field teams have their first meets on Feb. 22, in a dual meet featuring Holy Names University and Notre Dame de Namur University.
The springs sports kickoff also featured CSUEB’s new Chief of Police, Mark Flores, also known by his stage name, DJ-MFLO. Flores played an assortment of music prior to and during the event, from a booth near the stage.