Vinny Pacchetti and Leonard Giammanco combined for a four-hit shutout as the Cal State Stanislaus Warriors baseball team edged Cal Poly Pomona, 1-0, Friday afternoon in Pomona.
In a low-scoring affair, the Warriors managed to score the game's only run in the sixth to win the California Collegiate Athletic Association series opener.
With the conference's second-best pitching staff, the Warriors have now recorded two straight shutouts to improve to 20-22 overall and 16-17 in the CCAA. Including last Sunday's 5-0 seven-inning nightcap win and three late innings in the opener, the Warriors have not allowed a run in the last 19 innings.
In the Stanislaus sixth, with two outs, Casey Filkins reached base on a walk. Andrew Graves then followed with a sinking pop fly to center field for a single. But Cal Poly Pomona's Travis Taijeron bobbled the ball while trying to get a handle. Filkins scored from third and Graves reached second on the single with a one-base error.
Stanislaus starter Pacchetti pitched the first five innings and allowed four hits. He struck out six and walked four. Giammanco pitched four hitless innings to close out the contest for his third save. Together, the two pitchers stranded 11 Pomona runners on base, including the bases loaded in the third.
Pacchetti also got out of a jam in the fourth with two Broncos on base and one out.
Cal Poly Pomona (22-24, 14-19 CCAA) was led by Erik Riedel who had two hits.
The two teams will play a doubleheader today starting at noon.
Stanislaus tennis prevails in tourney
Verena Preikschas and Katie Eng pulled off an upset in the quarterfinal round and will get a rematch of last year's semifinals at the 110th annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament.
After beating conference foes Dora Kiss and Linda Majzlikova of Cal State L.A., 7-5, 6-2, in the first match Friday, the Warriors' top doubles team battled Chapman's Kelly Fox and Liz Lewis.
Preikschas-Eng, the seventh seed in the draw, dropped the first set 6-3, but responded with a strong 6-1 win in set two. They finished off the upset over the fourth-seeded team with a loud 10-2 super-tiebreaker win to advance.
The win setup a rematch of last year's semifinal showdown between Preikschas-Eng and Fresno Pacific's Vanessa Heroux and Katia Sabate. Heroux and Sabate, again seeded No. 1, won the tournament last April after beating the Warriors duo, 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals.
Preikschas also advanced to Saturday's round in singles competition. She upset No. 3 Jennifer Sher of Conordia, 6-2, 6-4 and will face No. 7 Sheryl Bon of Azusa Pacific in a quarterfinal match at 9:30 a.m. Sher was the singles champion at this tournament last spring.
Vanesa Reibstein and Arina Polovnikova had the other victory on Friday with an impressive upset 6-1, 6-4 win over Jamie Solomon and Kara Wang of Pomona-Pitzer.
Reibstein dropped a close match in singles play to Cal State L.A.'s Dora Kiss, 7-5, 7-6 (5) and was part of the duo, with teammate Polovnikova in a 6-0, 6-3 loss to No. 3 doubles team of Kristin Strimple and Ashley LItchfield from Pt. Loma Nazarene.
Warriors softball drops two close ones
Jenna Wermes delivered a walk-off single in game one, then the Chico State Wildcats scratched together four single-run innings to pick up a sweep over Cal State Stanislaus on Friday in Chico.
The Warriors managed two hits in the opener, but stayed in the game after tying the score in the top of the seventh. However, Wermes used a two-out single to score Christine Johnson who led off with a single to win 2-1.
In the nightcap, the Wildcats score a single run in four different innings for a 4-1 win over the Warriors. Chico State snapped a 15-game losing streak to the Warriors dating back to 2006 to improve to 26-17 overall with their sixth and seventh straight win. Chico State is also 19-14 in fourth place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
Cal State Stanislaus dropped to 13-34-1 overall and 8-26 in CCAA play with two games remaining on Saturday.