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Solid pitching, timely hit help Warriors split with CSUSB
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A solid pitching performance by a senior and a timely hit by another senior -- plus finally the opportunity to play on home field -- was the formula the Warriors needed on Friday as they picked up a doubleheader split with Cal State San Bernardino.
Jennifer Arnold tossed a complete game and Nikky Rissetto's key single up the middle in the sixth led Cal State Stanislaus over the Coyotes, 2-1, in game two of the conference twinbill.
Cal State San Bernardino won game one 4-3 as the Warriors weren't able to cash in on scoring opportunities.
The Warriors snapped a seven-game skid to up their record to 4-19-1 and 2-16 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. CSUSB is now 12-17 and 10-8.
Cal State Stanislaus had played 10 previous games, including two CCAA four-game sets, across town at Pedretti Park. Prior to Friday's games, the Warriors' last played on the campus field on Feb. 3.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Warriors took an 1-0 lead in the third on a Missy Corral single to right-center to score Sarah Locarnini from second. Locarnini had led off the inning with a single and stole second.
That lead was what Arnold needed on one of her best performances thus far this season. She cruised in the middle part of the game and retired 10 of 11, including seven straight batters. In the end, she gave up just one run on six hits and struck out four in the complete game victory.
Cal State San Bernardino got even in the sixth inning off Arnold with a bloop double by Jaquelyn Holtzclaw, who scored on a two-out single by Jamie Leffingwell.
In the home half of the sixth, CSUS regained the lead. Brittany Balanesi was hit by a pitch from San Bernardino starter Carly Land to start the rally. Balanesi moved over to second on a bunt play to set up the at-bat by Rissetto. Rissetto worked her at-bat to a full count and delivered a single up the middle to score the go-ahead run.
Arnold then finished of the Coyotes in the seventh on two grounders and a line drive to Rissetto to end the game.
In the opener, CSUSB scored three runs in the fourth to go up 3-1. Erica McIntyre had given the Warriors a 1-0 lead in the first with a run scoring triple.
Stanislaus got a run back in the fourth on a bases loaded walk but stranded all three runners on a fly out. In the fifth, after plating a run on a bases loaded wild pitch, an infield pop-up ended that rally. In all, the Warriors left 11 runners on base -- eight of them in scoring position.
Brittani Weatherford got the loss in game one. She tossed all seven innings, gave up four runs on six hits. She issued three walks and struck out one. She gave up a solo homer to Britney Butler in the fifth inning that turned out to be the Coyotes' winning run.
Locarnini and Rissetto both had two hits in the first game. The Warriors also got nine walks from three CSUSB pitchers.
These two teams will complete their four-game set beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday.      

Chico State blanks Warriors in series opener
The Chico State Wildcats scattered 13 hits in a 7-0 blanking of the Warriors in the series opener on Friday.
Chico State, which also got a nice pitching performance from starter Michael Gleason, improved to 16-5 overall and 12-5 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Chico State entered the week as the No. 9 ranked team in NCAA Division II.
The Warriors managed six hits in the shutout loss as they fall to 10-12 overall and 6-7 in the CCAA.
Chico State showed off its pitching with ace Gleason on the day. Gleason pitched seven shutout innings and gave up six hits before giving the mound up for the bullpen. Gleason allowed just four singles in the first six innings — no more than one in each frame.
The Warriors mounted a rally in the seventh inning with Andrew Graves picking up an one-out single to left. Aaron Hungerford also singled to left with two outs, but Gleason got John Canepa to line up sharply to right to end the inning.
Chico State took a 2-0 lead in the third on a couple of singles and a bases loaded walk. The Warriors would tag on runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth for the final count.
Stanislaus starter Vinny Pacchetti got the loss as he gave up five runs on nine hits in seven innings. He struck out five and walked five. It was his first outing since March 5.
Graves was the only Warrior with multiple hits going 2-for-4.

Men's golf ranked No. 16 in latest GCAA poll
The latest national ranking for men's golf was released and the Cal State Stanislaus Warriors are ranked No. 16, according to the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Cal State Stanislaus moved up from the No. 25 spot and is tied for 16th with Flagler College of St. Augustine, Fla.
Chico State is ranked No. 3 and Western Washington is 10th as the only two West Region programs ahead of the Warriors. Sonoma State is 21st and at No. 24 is Cal State Monterey Bay.
The Warriors are enjoying a solid spring season led by Brandon Taylor, who won the Cal State East Bay Pioneer Shootout on March 9. The team finished second in that tournament after placing 8th at the CSUSB Coyote Classic the week prior. CSUS started the spring with a team victory at Cal State Bakersfield's Elco Invitational.
After taking this week off, Stanislaus is back in action on Sunday when it travels to Pleasanton to participate in Notre Dame de Namur's Invitational at Poppy Ridge Golf Club.