By Lauren Jennings |Sports Editor|
The Coyotes softball team split their four game series against the Cal State East Bay Pioneers, winning two games and losing two.
Games one and two of the series took place on Feb. 12.
In game one of the series, the Coyotes were shutout and only managed to get two hits over six innings.
Designated hitter Caitlyn Olan and shortstop/second baseman Taylor Ancona recorded the only hits of the game.
The Pioneers, however, scored one run in the third inning on a sacrifice fly, one in the fifth on an error, and six in the sixth, giving them eight runs total.
The Pioneers scored their six runs on a two RBI double, a single, a double steal of second and home, and another RBI double.
Cassandra Williams took the loss after going five and 2/3 innings.
The Coyotes’ luck changed in game two as they went on to win 7-4.
They started off the game by scoring three runs in the bottom of the first, all on fielder’s choice balls and one in the second on an RBI double by Jessica Angulo.
The Pioneers added a run to the board in the top of the third on an RBI single.
In the bottom of third, the Coyotes took back the run and added one more.
Catcher Jessica Brown hit an RBI triple and Monica Maddox hit an RBI single.
In the top of the fifth, the Pioneers scored their second run of the game courtesy of a solo home run.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Coyotes again lengthened their lead as Kaylee Gemmell reached on an error, allowing Angulo to score the seventh and final Coyote run of the game.
The Pioneers would take back two of those runs on a two-run home run, but that would be all they would get that day.
Williams pitched again in this game, pitching all seven innings and earning her fifth win of the season.
Games three and four took place on Feb. 13.
Game three ended in similar fashion to game one; this time in only five innings, as the Coyotes were again shutout 8-0.
The Pioneers came out swinging in the first, scoring three runs. Two from a two-run home run and one on an RBI single.
They scored two more in the top of the second on a two RBI base hit, bringing the score to 5-0.
In the top of third, they scored two more on Coyote errors.
Wrapping the scoring in the top of the fourth with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Coyote Gabby Walker took the loss, her first of the season, after pitching one inning.
The Coyotes got the last laugh in game four as they went on to win 12-7.
Williams got the start again, her third of the series.
The Coyote offense backed Williams up throughout the game, starting in the bottom of the second.
Brown hit a solo home run to left field to start the scoring. Briana Quintana added on the second run of the day with an RBI single.
Amanda Herrera hit a two RBI single to bring the score to 4-0 in the bottom of the third.
The Pioneers rallied back with six runs of their own on three singles and an RBI double in the top of the fourth, but the Coyotes were not ready to quit.
The Coyotes scored three more runs in the bottom of the fourth on a double and a single, and five in the bottom of the fifth on a wild pitch, a single and a Pioneer error.
The Pioneers scored one more run in the top of the seventh on a walk, giving them their seventh run.
Williams again pitched all seven innings, earning her sixth win of the year.
The Coyotes return home Feb. 16 and 27 to play Stanislaus State in a four game series.