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Stanislaus prevails in first two against East Bay

POSTED March 4, 2011 11:06 p.m.

The Cal State Stanislaus softball team grabbed two wins, 3-0 and 3-2, from the Cal State East Bay Pioneers Friday in the first of two doubleheaders this weekend.

The Warriors improve to 9-13 overall and 6-8 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. The Pioneers fall to 7-7 overall, 4-6 in conference play. With the sweep the Warriors ended an eight-game skid while continuing their dominance over East Bay with six straight during CCAA play.

Brittani Weatherford was stellar in the circle for the Warriors with a complete game shutout in the opener of the doubleheader against the Pioneers.  Weatherford only gave up three hits, all singles, and struck out six.  

The Warriors scored early in game one after CSUEB pitcher Heidi McAllister walked in a run.  Sarah Locarnini started the inning with a walk followed by Missy Corral who singled through the left side.  Jordan Flora also took a walk to load the bases with two outs before designated player Kristan Burns battled to take the third walk of the inning for the Warriors' first run.

Stanislaus scored once again in the third after a double to right center by Burns that brought in Vanessa Del Toro who had singled.

East Bay reliever Lauren Zweigle shut down the Warriors in the fourth and the fifth until the Warriors' scored again in the sixth. In the sixth, Brittany Rickles started the rally with a single ahead of another hit by Locarnini with two outs. Locarnini had walked twice and was hit by a pitch prior to that at-bat.

With two outs, Del Toro then singled to short scoring Rickels. East Bay had elected to try to force the out at third, but Locarnini slid in safely.

In the nightcap, starter Burns had a no hitter through five innings. But in the sixth, she gave up two runs on three hits to give way to Weatherford in relief.

Weatherford closed out the seventh inning for the Warriors and finished the win and save on the day.

Contributing in the sweep offensively was Flora, who went 4-for-6 with two RBI's.  Corral was 3-for-4, scoring two runs and drove in one run.  Del Toro finished 3-for-6 on the day with one run and one RBI.

The Warriors will wrap up the four-game series against the Pioneers in another doubleheader today.  First pitch is at noon.

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