Coyotes baseball team prepares for CCAA Tournament


The Cal State San Bernardino’s baseball team, for the second time in the last three seasons, has qualified for the California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament that will be played Thursday through Saturday at Triton Ballpark, hosted by UC San Diego.

CSUSB BaseballThe Coyotes (27-18 overall) finished third in the CCAA regular season and will face second-seed Chico State (36-14) at 3 p.m. Thursday. Fourth seed Sonoma State (25-23) faces host and top seed UCSD (29-21) at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Coyotes took three of four games from Chico State in a four-game series played at CSUSB’s Fiscalini Field on April 5-7.

The tournament is double-elimination and the tourney champion will receive an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament that begins May 17 at a to-be-determined site.

The Coyotes are coached by Don Parnell, who is in his 21st season. Earlier this spring, he won his 500th game as the Coyotes’ mentor with a 13-9 victory over Cal State L.A. on March 9.

The CCAA Tournament appearance is the Coyotes’ sixth in their history.

Familiar territory
The four teams in this week’s tournament are the CCAA’s all-time tops in terms of appearances. Chico State will be making its 13th consecutive appearance, Sonoma State 10th, UC San Diego 9th and the Coyotes 6th. The tourney began in 1999. The Coyotes won the 2002 event. Those 4 teams have won all 12 titles.

Against the competition
The Coyotes fared well during the regular season against this week’s competition. The Coyotes split their 4-game series against UCSD, winning two games in San Bernardino. The Coyotes won 3 of 4 games against Chico State and CSUSB and Sonoma State split their 4-game series that was played Feb. 17-19 at CSUSB.

2012 Top Tip on the Coyotes
CSUSB owns an impressive record when the Coyotes out-hit their opponent. CSUSB completed the regular season 21-0 overall when they accomplish that task and 20-0 in CCAA play.

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