Cal State San Bernardino’s softball team got off to its best start in 18 seasons last week after sweeping four games with Cal State Dominguez Hills.
This week they found themselves on the other end of a sweep as the Coyotes dropped four games to Chico State during California Collegiate Athletic Association action at Cal State San Bernardino on March 11 and 12.
The losses snapped a seven-game win streak for CSUSB (17-12, 12-8 CCAA) and dropped them from second place down to fourth behind Humboldt State, Chico State (16-6, 13-5) and UC San Diego.
Game 1 on Sunday went nine innings before a victor was decided. With the game tied at 3, the Cats loaded the bases in the top of the ninth against Coyotes starter Cassandra Williams. Williams then walked Briana Contreras to bring in the first run, before allowing an RBI single to Sarah Galaviz. A sac-fly brought in another run before Rachel DeHart capped off the rally with a two-run single to make it 8-3.
CSUSB got a one-out single and walk by Taylor Ancona and Morgan Ratliff before a fielder’s choice by Kaylee Gemmell and groundball out by Monica Maddox ended the game.
In the nightcap, the Coyotes committed five errors that led to 3 unearned runs in a 4-1 loss.
Both teams got solid pitching performances in the game. Haley Gilham shut down CSUSB, allowing one run on just five hits and two walks while mixing in three strikeouts to earn the win.
Gabby Walker started for the Coyotes, but her error led to two unearned runs in the third, which ended up being all the Cats would need.
Gemmell hit a solo home run in the sixth, her fourth of the season, to account for CSUSB’s lone score. The Coyotes suffered losses of 16-7 and 2-0 on Saturday.