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CSUMB Softball has earned their success

April 14, 2017

This article was written by Joel Soria

After 33 Games, this year’s Otters Softball is likely to end in the records book

After ending with a ying-yangesque 26 wins and 26 losses record in the 2016 season, the Cal State Monterey Bay (CSUMB) softball team has molded to winning ways in the means of record fashion. Prior to 2016, the Otters had been delivering similar play to this year’s team; ending with over 40 wins and only 12 losses registered during the 14’ and 15’ campaigns.

Photo by Brittany Glassman/Otter Realm

This year’s tune plays a little different, however, as the lady Otters are currently ranked 15th in the latest NFCA Top 25 Poll (for a fifth consecutive week). In addition, their current 29-4 record (which is the best start in team’s history); CSUMB is currently on an 18-game winning streak and suffering one loss at home after 14 games.

Coach Andrea Kenney was quick to praise her ladies for what has been the most successful season in the team’s eight-year existence.

“I feel that we get athletes here who are a good fit for our program,” coach Kenney told Otter Realm. “They understand the philosophy of the University and the importance of the service learning department and are dedicated to inclusion. MB Softball players buy into the premise that there is no substitute for hard work. That success is earned.”

The resilient frame of minds have resulted in league-leading individual performances for the Otters, primarily via batting. CSUMB ranks sixth in the nation in batting average (.366); leaving all other CCAA teams behind. Preeminent in the conference are no other than CSUMB’s junior Jayme Stark and sophomore Lusi Stanley (according to otterathletics.com)

Featuring in national rankings or leading in statistical categories is becoming an awfully common trend for the Otters. Honors that bring glory, but that demand positive results. The headlines seem to be just words for the Lady Otters, as they place no internal pressure themselves despite being on track to inscribe history.

“No, we really don’t look past our next competition,” coach Kenney added. “We did have a chat about dedication and having an opportunity to leave their “footprint” here this year. Athletes give up a great deal to be successful. I know the CSUMB softball has earned their success. We are dedicated to working a little harder, eating a little better and getting a little more sleep in an attempt to leave a mark on an already very successful program. I am so proud of this group, they are unselfish and wonderful students. That alone makes me a very fortunate coach.”

After being crowned winners of The Tournament of Champions in true undisputed fashion, the Otters will try to cradle their historic form heading into April 7th and 8th. That will be when the Lady Otters, will take on CSU East Bay at the Otters Sports Complex.

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