By Adrian Silva |Staff Writer|
CSUSB’s women’s softball team has been having a struggling season this year.
Their current overall record is 9-11 and holds a California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) conference score of 1-6 according to CSUSB athletics website.
Their home record consists of 3-3 and an away score 3-6, with 3-2 being neutral.
In an interview, freshmen Ashley Leffingwell (#20) whom plays outfielder as well as catcher asserted to have started off a rocky season saying, “We’re starting off kind of rough season but I know we’ll pick it up and become better, winning more games.”
According to the sports website the women’s softball team had their first CCAA conference against Cal State Monterey Bay Otters on Feb, 20.
The game consisted of a double header at the Coyote’s home field in which CSUSB took a loss in one game against the Otters ending in a score 1-5,however the Coyote’s won the other game 11-3.
According to CSUSB website the Coyotes played once more against Monterey Bay to whom they lost back to back 0-8 and 4-8.
Since then the women’s softball team has been on a losing streak, losing to Sonoma State University Seawolves 0-4, 1-8 followed by another game against the Seawolves from which they took a loss due to weather conditions cancelling the game.
Women softball’s next CCAA game is away against Humboldt State University Lumberjacks in a back to back double header.
First games will be on March 6 at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Followed by the next day at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The Coyotes are hoping to start turning things around where Nicole Nobbe says “We were a little rocky at the beginning which kind of sucks because we had high expectations. But we have a very talented team and hopefully by the end of the season we will have improved.”
Nobbe’s is a senior at CSUSB and is a transfer student from Orange County Cypress Community College.
She has been playing this sport for 18 years along with her siblings, having her father who played baseball as their coach along with their mom’s support.
Nobbe’s also pointed out that the women’s softball team has a brand new coaching staff where she one day wishes to coach with Jim Maier whom is her current head coach.
According to Nobbe, Coach Maier was hired along with his assistant Roberta Argott as an assistant coach and hired an additional assistant coach for extra help.
Maier was born in Pasadena, California but was raised in Temple city until the age of 3 when he then grew up in La Mirada, California.
Maier started off teaching elementary school and went on to teach and coaching softball in high schools and at Cal State University of Dominguez Hills.
Maier was hired in Jan. 2015 and admits it to be challenging putting a team together last minute and although not satisfied with the team’s effort he says “No not satisfied nor happy but very pleased with the attitude and the desire and everything else like that. I love it here everybody’s great but were looking for better results.”
It is no doubt that CSUSB women’s softball team is off to a rough season; however their new coaching staff arriving last minute- just a month before CCAA plays began, doesn’t really put the coyotes at an advantage.
However, the coaches and players are doing everything they can to improve and turn the season around.
Go show some support to your fellow yotes and cheer the softball team to victory, for more details and accurate information regarding dates, stats, or updates please visit the CSUSB website.