By Adrian Silva |Staff Writer|
CSUSB Men’s baseball team is off to a rocky start this season, despite their competitiveness.
They are currently holding a 2-7 overall record.
However, after interviewing some team members and staff, statements were made regarding improvements, and they are prepared for the California Collegiate Athletic Association conference (CCAA) which began earlier this week on Feb.19, 2015.
The last game played before the CCAA was against Point Loma University.
Coyotes took the first win against Point Loma, 4-3, on their home field.
The second day was a double header, in which CSUSB lost both at Fiscalini, CSUSB’s home field, with scores of 4-6 in the first game, and 1-5 in the second game.
However, they have had another win against Holy Names University at Fiscalini, with a score of 5-4.
Their first CCAA game was against Cal Poly Pomona at Fiscalini field on Thursday at 6 p.m.
Pitcher Tyler Wells has played baseball since he was a kid. “I’ve been playing since six-years-old, as I used baseball as a getaway from grief I had due to my mother’s passing at four years of age,” said Wells.
Wells has maintained his focus and hopes to one day make it to the big leagues.
Wells also asserted that the last couple of games will serve as learning experiences, and will allow them to focus on what needs improvement.
Don Parnell is the head coach for CSUSB’s baseball team.
Parnell was very athletic growing up and he played basketball, football, and baseball.
Parnell settled on becoming a coach, stating, “I guess it had to do with having a lot coaches influence me growing up. Those were the most important people to me.”
Although he is not completely satisfied with the team’s performance, he is happy to assure that his team has been working hard and that the previous games before CCAA play will give his players the confidence they need.
However, he continues, “I don’t expect us to be playing to full potential for another 10 games, and unfortunately in our conference that can be an issue, but we know we can compete and we can only get better and better,” he said.
The lack of a field on campus is not ideal, and the baseball team believes that having one would increase student support.
There also seems to be a lack of chemistry on the field, owing to many new players.
Despite their 2-7 record in the preseason, they have made a lot of improvements and have considered these games preparation for the CCAA conference.
For accurate statistics, standings, and scheduling, please visit the online CSUSB Baseball sports website.