RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Both the California Baptist University baseball and softball teams are in playoff-push mode, with just a handful of games remaining in the regular season.
The Lancers’ hopes of gaining their first-ever berth to the NCAA Division II postseason were proved to be alive and well with the release of the division’s region rankings Thursday afternoon. CBU baseball holds the No. 1 spot in the West Region, while softball sits at No. 4 on its respective list.
CBU baseball, which is ranked No. 18 in the division by Collegiate Baseball, has eight games left in the regular season and will look to build on its 31-11, 14-10 in the PacWest record and third-place standing in its conference.
The Lancers play their final home games this week, as Academy of Art comes to Totman Stadium Thursday, Friday and Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, while Friday’s doubleheader is slated for a 4 p.m. start and its final home game starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the senior day festivities starting around 10:30 a.m. CBU travels to Azusa Pacific May 1st, 2nd and 5th to end the regular season.
It’s been a historic season already for CBU baseball. The team set a new program-record winning streak by winning its first 15 games of the season for a 24-game streak, carrying over the nine wins it used to finish the 2013 campaign. Head coach Gary Adcock is also on the verge of 400 wins with the team, as he holds 398 wins with the Lancers in his career coming into Thursday.
Lancer softball has four games left in the year, with those games playing out on the road. CBU, which is 21st in the division, travels to Academy of Art Friday for a noon doubleheader before closing things out at Holy Names Saturday with another pair of games starting at noon Saturday. CBU softball is tied with Dixie State for the lead in the PacWest, with a 39-11, 23-5 in conference record.