The baseball season came to a disappointing end as the Cal State East Bay Pioneers topped the Warriors, 6-5, in a 13 inning affair. With the loss, the Warriors dropped their last five games and were swept for the second time this season in CCAA play.
The Warriors battled back from an early 4-0 deficit to take a 5-4 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning. But a Pioneer home run knotted the game up and the score would stand until the 13th when East Bay was finally able to break through and take the victory.
For the Warriors it was a disappointing season-ending series as entering the weekend the Warriors still clung on to hopes of finishing as high as fourth in the CCAA standings. Coming into the weekend the Warriors had won 14 of their previous 21 games after winning or splitting four of the previous five CCAA series'.
In the finale, seniors James Heller, Marcus Mastrobuoni and Stevie Robinson each notched two hits apiece. While sophomore Nick Ippolito had three hits for the Warrior offense. But the Warrior offense squandered multiple opportunities to score late in the game and left the door open for the Pioneers late inning heroics.
Senior Donnie Fairchilds got the start on the mound and pitched six innings keeping the Warriors within striking distance. After an inning by Chris Sauls, reliable reliever Aaron Godinez took the hill for the final five and two thirds innings. After surrendering the lead in the 8th, Godinez pitched four scoreless innings.