Coyotes baseball team putting together nice run

The Cal State San Bernardino baseball team polished off local rival Cal Poly Pomona 6-0 on Friday at Scolinos Field. The playoff picture is starting to look quite nice for Coach Don Parnell’s Coyotes (20-12, 19-11).

Cal State has 10 CCAA games left and they will ALL be at home. And they’re all against teams under .500. So the Coyotes probably won’t just make the four-team field for the CCAA Tournament. They have a good shot at third and a decent shot at second place. They need to come out of the four hole so they don’t have to play San Diego in the first game.

Friday it was senior pitcher Brandon Cunniff with a masterful complete game shuout of the Broncos. He gave up just five hits, all of them singles. That performance could land him CCAA Pitcher of the week honors, an accolade teammate Daniel Stenavich earned last week.

The Coyotes are nice, fun bunch to watch. I’m particularly impressed with freshman leadoff hitter and centerfielder Ethan Chapman. He is a product of Upland Christian School. It’s hard to predict how players from such a small school are going to pan out on a bigger stage. They don’t play enough against quality competition.

Chapman has 10 homers, surprising pop from a small guy. He also had 14 doubles and never stops hustling.

The Coyotes will play a doubleheader against Cal Poly at Fiscalini Field on Saturday. The first pitch is set for 11 a.m. It’s a team well worth watching!




Cal State athletes earn weekly honors

Cal State San Bernardino athletes Jamie Leffingwell and Daniel Stenavich have earned weekly honors from the CCAA.

Leffingwell, a freshman outfielder has been named the Worth/CCAA Player of the Week for the week of March 29 – April 4.

The Cajon High School product had a hot week at the plate in five games against Notre Dame de Namur and Chico State, batting .706 (12-for-17) with four runs scored, five doubles, a home run and five RBI. She recorded a 1.176 slugging percentage, .706 on-base percentage and had two more hits in each contest.

During a three-game series at Chico State, Leffingwell batted .600 (6-for-10) with two runs scored and four RBI.

Leffingwell’s showing helped propel the Coyotes into fourth place which would be good enough to qualify for the CCAA Tournament next month.

In baseball Coyotes’ right-hander Daniel Stenavich has been named Wilson/CCAA Pitcher of the Week. 

Stenavich, a senior from San Diego, Calif., went 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in his lone start against top-ranked conference-leader UC San Diego. He went 6 1/3 innings, allowed three hits, two runs, walked two and struck out two while limiting the CCAA’s top-hitting team to a .150 average.

Stenavich’s outing enabled Cal State San Bernardino to split the four-game series with the Coyotes and remain in the hunt for a CCAA Tournament berth.

Cal State baseball team picks up nice win

The Cal State San Bernardino baseball team won’t win the CCAA title but it is fighting for a berth in the four-team tournament and that goal is realistic

The Coyotes turned in an impressive 4-3 win over No. 1 UC San Diego on Thursday at Fiscalini Field. The Tritons are pretty cocky when it comes to every sport so that’s a nice win.

The Coyotes got a gutsy effort on the mound from Cajon graduate Aaron Brooks.They strung together some hits and rallied against San Diego’s Tim Shibuya, possibly the best pitcher in the conference this season.

They got back-to-back-to back doubles in getting three runs in the third, only to have San Diego tie it in the fourth. The difference was a bases loaded sacrifice fly by Cody Madison with one out in the seventh.

Ethan Chapman and Erik Orlenas each had two doubles and had two RBI.

Neither team made an error. That’s rare in a college baseball game. The Coyotes were particularly strong up the middle with James Kono at short and Ornelas at second having solid games.

Game two of the series will be at 3 p.m. at Fiscalini on Friday.