By Anthony Morales | Staff Writer|
This past Wednesday the Coyote softball team lost both of their games against the second ranked team in the nation, UC San Diego Tritons with a disappointing loss of 8-0 in the opener and 8-2 in the second game.
During the first game senior infielders Alyssa Flores and Monica Ferguson and sophomore outfielder Victoria Lievanos were the only players to have base hits in the opener.
Unfortunately their efforts weren’t enough to put the Coyotes on the scoreboard and they were left scoreless at the end of the fifth inning when the game was called to an end.
The Tritons, on the other hand, came in strong since the start and scored four of their eight runs in the second inning.
Commenting on their first official loss against UCSD head coach Tacy Duncan said, “It was a tough game, we didn’t play our best. We made a lot of little mistakes and a lot of inexperience out on the field.”
Freshman pitcher Kacey Cota said, “I think we’re going to do so good [sic] against UCSD, a whole lot better than Saturday.”
In game two, the Coyotes looked for a win but were quickly left behind when the Tritons scored six runs in the first inning.
The Coyotes’ defense stood strong for the next four innings keeping the Tritons scoreless until the sixth inning when they scored their last two runs.
Hopes remained high when Flores managed to hit a solo home run during the second inning that brought in the first run for the Coyotes.
Meanwhile, shortstop Jacqueline Lopez had an RBI that brought home outfielder Charlotte Galzote to score the second and last run for the Coyotes.
Unfortunately, the Coyotes were left empty handed at the end of the weekend
Battling against a competitive team, Duncan admitted, “I guess if we we’re going to lose to somebody might as well lose to somebody whose ranked second in the nation.”
During Tuesday’s practice the team was working hard on drills to come together as a whole. Pitchers were drilled on hitting their spots and being ahead of the batters.
Duncan said, “We’re working on slot defense, bunk coverage, first and third and our steals. We need to fix a few things and have a different approach.”
Out of nine starters on the team, six of them are freshman and sophomores who have a lot to learn according to Duncan.
“We have a young team and they made little mistakes they haven’t learned from yet.
Playing at this level is a big difference from high school ball to their first college game,” stated Duncan, “They have a lot to learn and improve on.”
Anticipating to come back on the field is senior player Britney Butler, who has suffered from a Ulnar Collateral Ligament injury.
She’s currently waiting to get cleared from her doctor to play once again.
The team hoping to improve and comeback even better than before, the Coyotes are ready to take on the Hawks of Chowan University in the Leadoff Classic on Feb. 15.