By Alexandra Cannady |Staff Writer|
Coyote softball did not have an 0-2 start on their to-do list at the beginning of the season.
That is exactly what happened however, as the Coyotes faltered twice against the Cal Baptist University Lancers in similar fashion.
The Lancers handed the Coyotes an opening day loss as they took it to them with the final score, 6-2. The Coyotes were only able to rack up two runs while the Lancers flexed their muscles, showing off their offensive prowess.
One bright spot for the Coyotes was their right-handed pitcher, Carly Land, who pitched three scoreless innings, while striking out four.
Senior right-handed pitcher Courtney Wilhelms was the starter, but had a rough outing as she walked four runners. Four runs were scored while she was on the mound, though only one run was earned.
Runs were at a premium for the Coyotes during their weekend series as they were only able to rack up three in both games combined.
Britney Butler had the only RBI, as the other two runs came courtesy of balks.
The second match of the double header was fairly similar to the first one suffered by CSUSB.
Carly Land once again took the mound, this time as a starter, and threw for another 4 1/3 innings. She took the loss, giving up six runs while walking four.
For the Coyotes, it was a case of the same stuff, just a different game. They managed only one run in the second game of their double-header, while once again allowing their opposition to score six.
Britney Butler provided the only highlight for the team, as she went 1-2 with an RBI.
After their historic season last year, softball has a lot to live up to this season. So far they have yet to meet expectations but the season is still young, and anything can happen between now and the end of the season.
Offensively, the Coyotes need to take advantage of runners in scoring position, drive in runs and utilize their speed to steal bases as well.
Defensively, it will be imperative for them to keep their opponents off the base paths and the scoreboard. Less walks is definitely a step towards the right direction.
While it is easy to fold underneath pre-season expectations, this team must prove that they are able to compete and that last season was anything but a fluke.