Weekend baseball

By Ryo Uchiyama
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Otters batting line up is connected well. Photo by Ryo Uchiyama.

The California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) Baseball team took the four-game series by 3-1 against California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) at Otter Sports Complex from April 7-9. They improved to 26-8 overall this spring season and 20-8 in the conference with a 12-9 win at game four on April 9 over their competitor.

Each game’s result is below…

Game one: W CSUMB 9, CSUDH 6
Game two: W CSUMB 8, CSUDH 7
Game three: L CSUMB 1, CSUDH 2
Game four: W CSUMB 12, CSUDH 9

The main reason why the Otters are in good condition this spring is because the batting line-up works very well. In terms of the team batting average, CSUMB’s baseball team places first out of all teams in the conference, recording a .305 batting average. Looking at the top ten individual batting average statistics in the league, three Otters TJ Dove, Jacob Tonascia and Kyle Czaplak ranked in. Especially TJ Dove, batting first in the Otters line-up, has recorded 55 hits, which is the highest number in the conference as of April 9. The lead-off man for the Otters has created a lot of chances over this spring season, which makes the Otters batting line up activate in a good way.

Even though the Otters are in eighth place regarding overall pitching records in terms of the individual pitching statistics, Colton Fletcher, who is the left handed pitcher for CSUMB’s baseball team, has gained six wins which places first in the league record. Also, the Otters hold a strong closer, Connor Fabing. He ranks second in the saves statistics in the conference including five consecutive saves in the last five games, as of April 9.

As noted above, the Otters have a strong batting lineup and they also have a faithful closer. Accordingly, even if there is a game where each teams score too many runs, the game is tightly shut down by him.

The next series will be at Cal Poly Pomona from April 13 to April 15. We will not be able to take our eyes off of the CSUMB baseball team.

Find out more information about CSU Monterey Bay’s Baseball team at otterathletics.com and CCAA baseball conference at goccaa.org.

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