Women’s softball splits final home games

Marissa Marshall,
Sports Editor

After a rough season, the California State East Bay softball team lost their final series, but ended their season on a high note as they won their final game. East Bay faced off against California State San Bernardino (30-20 overall, 18-16 CCAA) in what ended up a 2-2 split.

The Pioneers ended their season with a 19-36 overall record and 13-27 California Collegiate Athletic Association Conference (CCAA) record. They finish in ninth place in the conference, just five games behind the California State Monterey Bay Otters, who sit at eighth place.

In their first game against San Bernardino on Friday, East Bay started the series off with a bang as they recorded a 5-0 shutout thanks in large part to the stellar pitching job of sophomore Abby Greer. She tossed a four-hit shutout for the win.

The Pioneers offense started early as they scored a run in the first inning when sophomore infielder Sarah Fukushima doubled down the right field line and freshman utility player Maddie Ramirez scored.

The score remained that way until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Pioneers scored four runs to give them the 5-0 advantage. Junior Bailee Glover led the way as she doubled to left center field sending both Fukushima and junior outfielder Courtney Leyba home.

The second game of the day was a different story for the Pioneers, as they allowed 10 runs in close 10-8 loss. The two teams started out even in the game, tied at 1-1, but in the second inning CSUSB exploded on offense.

San Bernardino scored eight runs in the top of the second inning to extend their lead to 9-1. East Bay responded with three runs in the bottom of the second inning and three runs in the third inning, which put them within two runs.

Unfortunately both teams only scored one run apiece thereafter and San Bernardino was able to secure the 10-8 win. CSUEB sophomore infielder Jennifer Palmares went 3-for-4 at bat, including 4 RBIs.

The third game of the series on Saturday was a close, low scoring game that the Pioneers were unable to pull out. San Bernardino scored two runs in the first inning and East Bay responded in the sixth inning with two runs when freshman utility player Maddie Ramirez homered to tie it up 2-2.

That would be the only runs the Pioneers scored and the Coyotes managed to close it out in the top of the eighth inning when they scored a run and made the final 3-2.

In the fourth game of the series and the final game of the Pioneers season, they ended on a high note.

East Bay got on board first when Ramirez reached on a fielding error and Leyba scored an unearned run. The Coyotes responded shortly after in the second inning, but the Pioneers had a strong third inning scoring four runs off of a hit by Ramirez and a homer to left field by Fukushima that gave the Pioneers the 4-1 lead.

San Bernardino came back strong against the Pioneers in the following innings, as they scored five runs to take a 6-5 lead. East Bay was able to tie it 6-6 thanks to a run by Leyba.

The Pioneers were able to pull through and score three more runs to give them the 9-7 win.

Despite not making the postseason, the Pioneers are in a good position for next year as their squad core squad will remain with no seniors listed on their current roster.