The Coyotes managed to earn the win over the Cougars, but it took eight full innings of top-notch junior college softball to pull out the 1-0 victory.
Cougar hurler Kelsey Runk matched the San Jac pitchers pitch for pitch over the first seven innings. There was nothing but zeroes in the scorebook, as neither team managed to get a runner safely across home plate.
The Cougars threatened to put up the fist run of the contest in the third frame. Two base hits placed runners at second and third with just one out. A sharp liner went right to the second baseman, and a short throw to third caught the CBC runner for a quick, inning-ending double play.
The Cougar defense came up big in the top of the fourth. The third out came on a single to left. A Coyote runner from second tried to make it home but the relay from left field hit the cut-off and was quickly fired to the plate to cut down the San Jac runner and end the visitors’ rally.
The CBC women loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth frame to again scare the Coyotes. Two singles and a walk filled the bases with two outs. The runners were stranded as the San Jac pitcher got the final out on a strikeout.
The Cougars had chances in each of the next three innings but could not get the timely hit to push across a run.
The game went into the eighth, still a scoreless tie. CBC hurler Kelsey Runk went the distance and gave up one of just five hits in the game in the eighth. But, it happened to be a lead-off, line drive, home run that just cleared the left field fence to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead. Runk then put down the next three batters. The Cougars would have to score at least one run in their half of the eighth to keep the visitors out of the win column.
The CBC bats made contact in the bottom of the eighth, but every ball went directly to a San Jac defender. The Cougars went down in order, and the visitors escaped with a hard-earned 1-0 victory over the Coastal end College Cougars.
The Cougars did not fare as well in the other weekend contests. San Jac captured game two 10-1 on Friday.
On Saturday, visiting Blinn College swept the doubleheader 4-1 and 7-0 over the Cougars. The four losses have the CBC women at 6-32 on the year.
CBC will be on the road April 13-14 with twin bills scheduled against Angelina College and Lamar State. The Cougars will wrap up their regular season at home on the weekend of April 20-21 with games against Alvin Community College and Galveston College. Both are scheduled for doubleheaders that will be played at noon and 2 p.m. both days.