No. 4-Ranked HSU Softball Takes Two From Coyotes

March 18, 2016

ARCATA, Calif. – No. 4-ranked Humboldt State softball picked up a pair of wins Friday versus Cal State San Bernardino and extended its winning streak to five straight. The Lumberjacks took the early game 2-1 and won the late game 3-0.

“Our lineup is struggling a little bit, but the beauty of this team is that our pitching is doing a great job keeping us in the ballgame while the offense is getting it done just when we need it,” said Head Coach Shelli Sarchett.

The Jacks improved to 18-2-1 overall and 13-1 in California Collegiate Athletic play with the home victories.

HSU wraps the series with San Bernardino Saturday. First pitch for first game of the afternoon is scheduled for 11 a.m.

(Humboldt State 2, Cal State San Bernardino 1)

Hanna Holland walked to open game one. A Hollingsworth single moved the speedy outfielder to third base, and she came home on a wild pitch.

The Coyotes leaned on left-handed starting pitcher Cassandra Williams over the next five innings as she limited the Jacks to just a pair of hits. Williams finished the game with 6.0 innings of four-hit work, and the San Bernardino ace fanned six.

San Bernardino plated a run in the sixth, and HSU went to the bottom of the seventh with the game tied 1-1.

Cyndi Chavez set up the late game dramatics when she reached first on a bobbled grounder by the Coyotes’ second baseman. Holland crushed a double to right centerfield to bring home the game-winning run.

HSU’s Katie Obbema secured the complete game win. She allowed six hits and surrendered an unearned run.

“Katie struggled a little bit with some illegal pitches called, but really showed a lot of heart in battling through for the win,” said Sarchett.

(Humboldt State 3, Cal State San Bernardino 0)

The spotlight was on Jacks pitcher Madison Williams in the nightcap. She had a dominant outing and fanned a season-best 14 Coyotes. The Brentwood, Calif., product scattered four hits in 7.0 innings and collected her team-leading ninth win.

“Maddie had an outstanding day and really did well against a strong San Bernardino offense,” said Sarchett.

HSU managed only five hits in the late game and three came in the third. Holland and Tiffany Hollingsworth tallied singles, before a Julie Pena home run bounced off the top of the fence and cleared the bases. It was Pena’s third long ball of the season.

Hollingsworth led the Green and Gold with a pair of hits in her three trips to the plate in game two.

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