By Kaila Morales |Staff Writer|
CSUSB baseball took their efforts to Stockton for the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) tournament, but were shut down by both Cal State East Bay and Cal Poly Pomona.
The team traveled to Stockton for the CCAA tournament, which was held at Banner Island Ballpark.
Banner Island Ballpark is the home of the Stockton Ports, a minor league baseball team who are affiliated with the Oakland Athletics.
The Coyotes faced the Pioneers, who were ranked No. 2 overall in the CCAA, in game one on May 11.
Coyote right-hander Tyler Wells got the start against East Bay.
Wells, who leads the CCAA in strikeouts, threw only 5 1/3 innings, giving up 10 hits and allowing nine runs.
The Pioneers scored one run in the fourth inning and would not look back.
Cal State East Bay tallied up nine runs off of seven hits in the sixth inning and went on to add four more over the seventh and eighth innings to give them a 13-2 win over the Coyotes.
The Coyotes offense hit many obstacles against the Pioneer’s starter Alex Vesia.
Infielder Grant Buchanan was the only Coyote to get past second base with a triple in the sixth.
“I believe that we did the best we could,” said Buchanan.
“Offensively, we were matched up against the best pitchers in our conference,” added Buchanan.
First baseman Brian Lockey finally got the Coyotes on the board in the seventh inning with a solo homer.
The Coyotes second run came in the eighth inning, with a sacrifice fly to center field from Buchanan, which scored outfielder Damion Edmonds.
This loss for the Coyotes put them in an elimination game against the No. 1 ranked team, Cal Poly Pomona Broncos.
Broncos lost to the No. 6 seed, the Chico State Wildcats, putting them in the losers bracket.
Coyotes faced the Broncos May 12, which resulted in a 6-2 loss for the Coyotes.
The loss eliminated the Coyotes from the CCAA tournament and ended their 2016 season.
Left-hander Don Sullivan got the start against the Broncos, throwing a total of seven innings.
Sullivan gave up five runs off of eight hits, with a total of five strikeouts and two walks.
Utility player William Ouellette became the relief pitcher for the final two innings and allowed one run on two hits.
The Coyotes started things off early in the first inning, grabbing a 1-0 lead.
Ouellette led off with a single and advanced to second off a Buchanan sacrifice bunt.
Lockey then came through to drive Ouellette in with an RBI single to right.
The Coyote’s other run was brought in by catcher Andrew Lopez who hit a solo home run in the fifth inning.
This loss marked the sixth loss against Cal Poly Pomona in the 2016 season. The Broncos earned a season sweep over the Coyotes as they only played each other six times.
“I thought we would be due for a win against them (CPP), it’s the most prepared we have been against a team and we knew what was coming at us,” said Buchanan.