Brown, Gemmell both homer twice to lead CSUSB

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Photo Courtesy/Richard Dawson: Jessica Brown (#2) crosses home plate after hitting her second home run for Cal State San Bernardino in a 10-5 win Game 1 over Mercyhurst during a doubleheader on Saturday, January 30.

Even though it was only the season opener, Cal State San Bernardino’s bats appear to be in mid-season form.

Sophomores Jessica Brown and Kaylee Gemmell each hit two home runs to propel CSUSB to a doubleheader sweep of Mercyhurst University (PA) by scores of 10-5 and 12-7 at CSUSB on Saturday, January 30.

The Coyotes big bats got going in the second inning of the opening game. Brown and Gemmell hit back-to-back solo shots of off Laker starter Portia McBride to make it 2-0. Mercyhurst answered in the third when short stop Meghan Maranto connected for a solo blast off of CSUSB starter Cassandra Williams.

It was the lone blemish for an otherwise strong showing from Williams. She went on to strike out 7 over five innings to earn the win. After CSUSB added three unearned runs in the fourth, Caetlin Smith hit a RBI double in the fifth that was followed by two mores runs generated on a fielder’s choice by Brown to make it 8-1.

Photo Courtesy/Richard Dawson: Starting pitcher Cassandra Williams allowed one run and struck out seven over five innings to earn CSUSB's first victory of the season.
Photo Courtesy/Richard Dawson: Starting pitcher Cassandra Williams allowed one run and struck out seven over five innings to earn CSUSB’s first victory of the season.

The Coyotes went to the bullpen in the sixth and got roughed up a bit. Jamie Nelson walked two and gave up a hit before exiting and Jackie DeLoza surrendered a three-run homer to second baserman Courtney Brothers to reduce the lead to 8-5.

Brown put the game away for CSUSB with her second home run of the game, this time a two-run shot, in the bottom of the sixth. Game 2 came down to the wire for the Coyotes.

Trailing 7-6 heading into the bottom of the sixth, CSUSB rallied for six runs, highlighted by a two-run triple from Brown, giving her six RBI’s on the day. Gemmell hit her second homer of the day in the second inning while Caitlyn Olan led CSUSB with a 3-for-3 performance with two RBI’s in Game 2.

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