By Jessica Bracamontes |Staff Writer|
The Coyotes continued their winning ways at home as they took three out of four games from the Cal State East Bay Pioneers April 14–16.
This series gave the ‘Yotes six wins in their last eight games at home. The Coyotes increased their overall regular season record to 20–13 and their CCAA record to 17–11.
Head coach Don Parnell explained what his players did well to pick up the series win.
“We played good defense, pitched really well and swung the bat enough to win,” said Parnell.
Senior starting pitcher Casey McCarthy played a substantial role by throwing a complete game, giving up just five hits and one earned run in the series opener.
Thanks to McCarthy’s strong performance on the mound, the Coyotes handed the Pioneers a 6–2 loss. The following day the Coyotes had a doubleheader against the same Pioneers, hoping to have a possible sweep in the works.
The Coyotes took game one of the double header 6-1 thanks to junior starting pitcher Mike Mudron. He threw eight solid innings for the Coyotes, giving up only one earned run and striking out eight, improving his record to 5-0 with a 1.69 ERA as of April 18.
The Pioneers jumped out to an early 1–0 lead in the top of the first inning of the second game of the doubleheader. The Coyotes’ tenacious fight and determination paid off, as they scored seven runs off of six hits in the third inning to take a five-run lead. Senior center fielder Ethan Chapman was pleased by the overall team effort that was displayed.
“We played as a team and fed off each other positively. We all figured out what to do at the same time,” said Chapman.
The last game of the series was an absolute slugfest. Senior right fielder Edwin Mendoza and junior infielder Jake Pilkerton contributed to the five-run sixth inning in a big way for the Coyotes.
Mendoza hit a three-run home run while Pilkerton hit a two-run home run to left field. Unfortunately, it was not enough as the Pioneers ended up with a 12–11 win, ending the three-game winning streak for the Coyotes.
Despite the minor lapse in the final game of the series, the Coyotes showed just how talented and balanced they are.
With the regular season coming to an end and the playoffs quickly approaching, the Coyotes have chosen the right time to start playing excellent baseball.
Photos by Matt D. Gilford