The Cal State San Bernardino softball team is headed to the postseason for just the second time.
The Coyotes (37-17, 27-13) are the No. 2 seed for the CCAA softball tournament which begins on Friday at Arnaiz Stadium in Stockton. They play No. 3 seed Humboldt State (34-12, 22-11) at 5:30 p.m. in the double elimination event.
The 3 p.m. game on Friday pits top seed Cal State Monterey Bay (42-9, 30-8) against No. 4 Chico State (35-14, 25-13).
The Coyotes went 6-6 against the teams in tournament but did win three of four against Humboldt State.
The Coyotes are led by senior pitcher Cassandra Williams (22-10, 1.54), this week’s CCAA Pitcher of the Week. The Apple Valley native has shattered most of the school’s pitching records.
The offense is led by junior catcher Jessica Brown (.373, 12 HRs, 47 RBIs), a graduate of Alta Loma High School
Junior Jessica Brown played a pivotal role in Cal State San Bernardino taking three of four games from No. 16 UC San Diego last weekend. So it was only fitting she has been honored as this week’s CCAA Player of the Week.
Brown, a graduate of Alta Loma High School and Citrus College, hit a towering three-run, walk-off home run in the Coyotes’ 4-1 win over the Tritons in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader. In the opener, she had a solo home run.
On the weekend, she went 7-for-14 at the plate against UCSD, with two doubles along with her homers. She was intentionally walked twice in the fourth and final game of the series, eventually won by the Coyotes 4-3 in nine innings.
CSUSB (9-5 overall and 4-2 in the CCAA) play host to Cal State Monterey Bay this weekend in another key CCAA four-game series.
Junior pitcher Cassandra Williams of Cal State San Bernardino has been named CCAA Pitcher of the Week.
It is the second pitcher of the week nod this season for the Apple Valley native, who earned three wins in the Coyotes’ four-game series at San Francisco State this past weekend.
Pitching three complete games, Williams allowed just one earned run on seven hits, while striking out 21 Gator hitters in 21 total innings of work.
On Saturday, Williams led the series off with an outstanding performance, tossing a one-hitter. Then on Sunday she threw consecutive three-hit shutouts to improve her overall record to 9-3 and her CCAA record to 5-1.