That may have changed today.
The past seven games, the Lancer offense has been mired in a miserable slump, hitting just .211 and scoring just 21 runs. Today, though, the Lancers pounded a season-high 14 hits, scoring a season-high 12 runs. Mix in an error-free defensive effort and a career-high eight strikeouts from David Herd, and the Lancers rolled to their biggest win of the season Friday, a 12-1 victory over Cal State San Bernardino in the second game of a three-game non-conference series.
"This was the first complete game we played all year. We pitched, hit and played defense," said Head Coach Gary Adcock. "Hopefully today jump-starts what has been a stale offense. There are proven collegiate hitters with a lot of at-bats in this lineup so I know it's going to turn around at some point. Hopefully today was the day."
The win is the Lancers' second straight, their first winning streak since the first two games of the season, as they improve to 5-6.
The Coyotes, who are ranked No. 6 in the NCBWA West Region Poll, drop to 7-4.
Herd (2-1) worked seven strong innings, scattering four Coyote hits, nearly matching Jon Bengard's four-hit effort yesterday. He didn't walk a batter, allowed a lone sacrifice fly in the seventh, and notched a career-high eight strikeouts.
"David's a comfort, because I know he's going to throw strikes and compete," said Adcock. "He thrives on throwing strikes with his fastball. It's well located on both sides of the plate, which opens up the curve ball and change-up. He just has a feel for the position."
A big two-out error in the second opened the floodgates for the Lancers, who strung together four straight hits after the miscue to open a 5-0 lead. Andy Crowley hit the first of two doubles, driving in a pair to get the Lancers on the board. Travis Sais then hit an infield single before Matt Marnati drove in a run with a single, and Matt Daugherty drove in two more with another single.
Crowley hit another RBI double in the third, and Blair Moore smacked a two-RBI double in the Lancers' four-run fourth that gave them a 10-0 lead.
Daugherty, who was 3 for 5 with three RBIs, hit an RBI double in the fifth. Crowley finished 2 for 5 with three RBIs. Sais, Marnati and Andrew Montoya all had two hits apiece.
Ken Kissell took the loss for the Coyotes, allowing 10 runs (five earned) in 3.1 innings. Half of the Lancers' 12 runs were unearned. Every Lancer starter scored a run.