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Warriors softball notches doubleheader sweep
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It's been a long time coming, but the Cal State Stanislaus softball team got the pitching performances it needed from its starters. Add that to some timely hitting and near-flawless defense, and the Warriors found the formula for a doubleheader sweep on Friday in Hayward.
Brittani Weatherford and Jennifer Arnold both pitched complete games and Missy Corral drove in a total of four runs as the Warriors took two conference games from Cal State East Bay, 4-1 and 5-1.
The Warriors, winners of three of last four, improved to 11-28-1 overall and are no longer in the cellar of the California Collegiate Athletic Association standings with a 6-20 CCAA mark. CSUEB falls to 12-26, 5-21 in the CCAA.
Weatherford pitched a stellar game one as she allowed just one run on four hits. She struck out seven and walked two. Three of the four hits allowed came in one inning, when the Pioneers scored on a single and an one-out double. With the bases loaded, Weatherford escaped with a strikeout — the second of the inning — to end the CSUEB rally.
Cal State Stanislaus jumped on top in the first with a Corral two-run homer to right field with two outs. Erica McIntyre then drove in two runs with a two-out single in the second that scored Nicole Jenkins and Sarah Locarnini to make it 4-0.
Veronica Luna went 2-for-3, including a double, to contribute to the Stanislaus offense.
In the nightcap, Arnold was also effective in the circle. She gave up just a run on three hits with three strikeouts and two walks. After Arnold allowed a leadoff home run to Breezy Johnson, she would not allow another Pioneer hit until the fifth.
By then, the Warriors had built a 3-1 lead as they struck early again. Locarnini and Nikky Rissetto both singled to start game two. With one out, Corral doubled to plate both runners for a 2-0 lead.
Stanislaus would work the bases loaded but CSUEB got a strike out and a fly out to end the inning.
The Warriors tagged on a run in the fourth and two unearned runs in the sixth that included a Rissetto double for the 5-1 win. Locarnini finished with four hits and Rissetto went 2-for-3 in game two.
Johnson had three of East Bay's seven hits in the doubleheader.