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.
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.