The Coyotes then jumped on the Cougars for 5 runs in the first inning of the nightcap and scored an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth to defeat Azusa Pacific, 9-1, in a game halted by the 8-run mercy rule.
The victories moved the Coyotes to 25-23 on the season while Azusa Pacific slipped to 17-18.
CSUSB moved out to a 2-0 lead in the opener on a leadoff home run by Jordan Dahl, her eighth circuit blast of the season. Jamie Lowe then doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Bird.
Cougar pitcher Camille Hundley quieted the Coyote bats from then on while her teammates battled back with 5 runs to take a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh. Freshman Bekah Weisser singled in 2 runs in the fourth to tie the game. Natalie Mickelson followed with her fifth home run of the season in the fifth to give the Cougars’ a 3-2 lead. They added 2 more in the sixth on an RBI double by Nicole Llorens who later stole home on the back end of a double steal.
However, the Coyotes rallied for 3 runs in the bottom of the seventh off Hundley. With 1 out, Tori Beaudette was hit by a pitch and Wilson reached base on a fielder’s choice. Debbie Shisler loaded the bases with a single. Dahl singled up the middle, driving in Beaudette but Wilson was thrown out at the plate. With Azusa Pacific 1 out from victory, Jamie Lowe walked, loading the bases again. Ashley Collinwood lashed a single to right center to score Dahl and Shisler and tie the game.
In the bottom of the eighth with Bird placed on second under the international tie-breaker, she was sacrificed to third by Nicole Camarena as Jeanette Murad came on in relief of Hundley. Murad walked Holtzclaw but struck out Beaudette. However, Wilson beat out a ground ball to second allowing Bird to cross home plate with the winning run.
The Coyotes parlayed 3 hits and a Cougar error into 5 runs to open the second game. They added 2 more runs in the second on a hit, 2 more Cougars errors and a wild pitch.
Azusa Pacific scored its only run in the fourth when Murad, who reached base on a Coyote error, came home on a wild pitch.
Ashley Collinwood’s fourth home run of the season over the right field fence pushed the Coyote advantage to 8-1. The final run came in the fifth as pinch-hitter Jocelyn Perry doubled to right center and came home when Dahl’s sacrifice bunt resulted in an error on the throw to first.
Senior right-hander Jackie Jacob (9-6) got the win in relief in both games, pitching a total of 4.2 innings, allowing one run and one hit in her time in the circle. Hundley (9-8) took the loss in game one while Murad (2-4) suffered the second game defeat.
Azusa Pacific managed just 2 hits off Coyote pitching in the second game and Erin Halma and Jen Whitten were the only Cougars to get hits in both games.
The Cougars return to GSAC play Saturday when they visit Hope International University in a noon doubleheader.