By Taylor Glaze |Staff Writer|
The Coyote softball team swept their four-game series this weekend against the Cal State Monterey Bay Otters, bringing their total win streak to seven games in a row.
The first game of the series started off rough when outfielder Morgan Ratliff was hit by a pitch, putting her on base. The Coyotes bounced back when Amanda Herrera hit a home run to center field, allowing her and Ratliff to score, putting them ahead in the first 2-0.
The Coyotes would not score again until the top of the fourth inning when infielder Kaylee Gemmell hit a home run to center field, adding one more to the scoreboard for the Coyotes.
The Otters scored one run in the fourth putting them in the game at 3-1 Coyotes.
The Otter’s bats continued going strong into the fifth, earning two runs batted in, making the game all tied up off an error by Coyotes pitcher Cassandra Williams.
The Coyotes scored twice more, ultimately winning the game when Herrera hit her second home run of the game. They held the Otters to three runs, ending game one of the day with a 5-3 win.
The second game that afternoon, both teams showed up ready with strong offenses.
Neither team scored in the first. The Otters were the first on the board in the bottom of the second with a solo home run down the right field line earning them two RBI’s and the lead.
The Coyotes took over in the third inning. Starting off with two batters walked, Gemmell hit the ball to right center earning an RBI and advancing Herrera to third.
Caitlyn Olan hit her first single of the series, allowing Herrera to score. Another walk by the Otters put two on base when Taylor Ancona hit one up the middle, earning another run for the Coyotes.
Cassandra Williams would also earn two RBI’s with a single up the middle.
Monica Maddox earned an RBI when she put down a sacrifice bunt. The last score of the inning was by Ratliff, with a single to the pitcher, allowing Williams to score, putting the Coyotes ahead 7-2.
In the fifth inning, the Otters recorded an RBI. They would also add two more runs in the sixth on a walk and an error by Coyote right fielder Monica Maddox.
Going into the seventh inning, the score was 7-5 Coyotes. Williams would be the last to score on an unearned run for CSUSB. The Otters would also score one more with a single up the middle earning the last RBI of the game, but not for the win.
The Coyotes won 8-6, earning them the two wins for day one of the series.
Day two of the weekend series started off slow for the Coyotes on top of a two-hour rain delay.
The Otters kept them from scoring until the fourth inning while Monterey scored one in the first with a ground out to shortstop scoring an unearned run.
In the second inning, they earned two RBI’s making the score 3-0 for the Otters going into the fourth.
CSUSB started the fourth inning with an earned run off of a walk. Maddox then earned three RBI’s when she smashed one out to left field.
The Coyotes last run was brought in by Ratliff when she grounded out to second, driving Maddox home.
Coyotes stayed on fire into the fifth inning when a wild pitch advanced a runner home. Jessica Brown singled one through the right side, earning her second RBI of the game.
The final run of the game was an RBI earned by Williams, ending the third game of the series with another win for the Coyotes. The final score being 8-3.
The final game of the four-game series started out with both teams earning two runs in the first inning.
The Otters would be held to the two for the rest of the game thanks to Coyote pitcher Amanda Ramirez, who threw six shutout innings, not offering any walks and had one strikeout.
The Coyotes scored three runs in the fifth on an Ashley Leffingwell single to left field along with a single up the middle by Olan and off of Brianna Quintana’s sacrifice bunt.
CSUSB finished the game with three more in the sixth when Leffingwell hit a three-run home run ending the weekend with a clean sweep of the series against Monterey at 8-2.