Cal State Stanislaus' top doubles team of Verena Preikschas and Katie Eng pulled off a win as a duo on Tuesday as they were victorious against an Armstrong Atlantic State team.
Preikschas and Eng took on top-ranked and three-time defending champion AASU's Alida Muller-Wehlau and Aleksandra Filipovski. The Warriors duo took a narrow 9-8 victory for Stanislaus' lone victory.
No. 7 Hawaii Pacific had ended AASU's string of five straight 9-0 wins earlier on Tuesday with a 5-4 loss. The Warriors extended that with the 8-1 match.
Although it isn't their usual top doubles team, the national powerhouse Pirates still employed one half of the No. 1 ranked doubles team in the country. Muller-Wehlau, the No. 1 singles player in Division II, normally partners with Barbora Krtickova as the top ranked doubles team. The duo had lost to a team from Hawaii Pacific earlier on the day, perhaps calculated in the lineup change.
Another interesting change was at No. 1 singles, which prevented an anticipated match-up of two Germans in Preikschas and Muller-Wehlau. Filipovski, normally the team's No. 3 player, took on Preikschas. Filipovski, playing at No. 1 for the first time, beat Preikschas, 6-2, 6-3.
Coming off a tremendous victory on Monday, Eng moved up to No. 2 singles to take on No. 8 ranked Krtickova, but lost 6-1, 6-2.
At No. 5 singles, Erin McGurty had an early 3-2 lead in the first set against 10th ranked Joanna Szymczyk before dropping a 6-3, 6-1 decision.
The Warriors dropped their overall record to 3-5, but of the five losses, two were against top five teams and the other two against Division I programs. AASU improved to 12-0.
Cal State Stanislaus wraps up its three-match trip against the nation's elite programs on Wednesday when the Warriors take on No. 7 Hawaii Pacific.
Stanislaus baseball avoids sweep
Late inning drama stretched Sunday's series finale much longer than the Warriors would have liked. In the end Cal State Stanislaus was able to pick up a 6-5 win, in 10 innings, to avoid the sweep.
Cal Poly Pomona scored twice in the top of the ninth to force extra innings before No. 18 Cal State Stanislaus used a single, two intentional walks and an error to win in the 10th.
The win, another one-run Stanislaus victory, was much needed as the Warriors are now 14-6 overall and 8-6 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. The Broncos ended a five-game winning streak and fall to 15-7 and 9-7 in conference play.
Warriors softball splits series
The Cal State Stanislaus softball team wrapped up the conference series against Sonoma State Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 loss and a 6-3 win.
The Warriors remain .500 in CCAA play at 10-10 and 13-15 overall. Sonoma State is now 18-9 overall and 14-6 in California Collegiate Athletic Association action.