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Otters Thinking Playoffs

The 2011 MB Baseball team continued it’s push for the playoffs by garnering a very tough road split with the then #9 ranked Cal State Los Angeles squad (Collegiate Baseball).  The 2-2 record over the weekend brings our overall record to 14-18, and our conference mark to 11-12.  We are also 8-7 against the top 10 ranked teams in the nation at the time of the series.  Our boys understand how to step up to the challenge that every team in this conference presents.  With 4 weekends left to go, we sit just 2 games out of the playoffs.

The weekend started with a very frustrating Friday night contest that we dropped 5-1.  We made too many errors and did not give our offense or pitching a chance to win us the ballgame.  But like we always seem to do, the boys responded by winning an 11-inning affair in the first game Saturday 5-2.  Jake Paolinetti picked up his 5th win of the year and he ranks in the top 5 in the conference in wins.  The second game of Saturday’s doubleheader was a tough 1-0 loss.  Aaron Appino was masterful on the mound, but we could not score off CSULA’s pitcher, who is the top ranked pitcher in our conference.  Sunday’s 13-2 victory was our most complete performance of the year.  Nolan Murray busted out and got 4 hits on the day.  Paul Brock pitched 7 strong innings for the win after he had already notched a save earlier in the series.  For his efforts, Brock was named CSUMB’s Student-Athlete of the Week.

Along with it’s stellar pitcher, MB Baseball is playing some of the best defense in the nation.  We are currently ranked 1st in the nation in double plays turned per game.  Check it out here…  http://www.otterathletics.com/news/2011/4/12/BB_0412114653.aspx

We square off with Cal State East Bay this weekend for a huge series.  We want to continue to improve our position for the playoffs, and this is one of the last times we will have home games for a series.  Friday’s game is slated to start at 3:00pm at Otter Field.  Saturday’s doubleheader is at East Bay starting at 11:00am.  The series concludes Sunday again at Otter Field with an 11:00am start.

Tony Hernandez