BY ROBERT VENDELOTTI
The College of Southern Nevada Coyotes, who come into the weekend riding a four-game winning streak, open a two-game series with preseason No. 7 ranked Chipola (Fla.) College in the 2014 Coyote Slugout Tournament on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Morse Stadium.
Chipola College (5-3) is known for an offensive attack that currently sports a team .301 batting average compared to the Coyotes’ .242. Finding a way to cool Indians’ bats will be a must for CSN head coach Nick Garritano‘s pitching staff.
“We don’t look at them any differently,” Garritano said. “Every game is a tough game. We just have to show up and play.”
Chipola College, located in Marianna, Fla., has produced a number of Major League players over the years including Toronto Blue Jays slugger Joey Bautista, Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Russell Martin and Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin as well as Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter.
SOFTBALL: The Coyotes (10-4 overall, 5-3 Scenic West) are more than excited for their home opener against conference rival North Idaho College.
CSN will face the Cardinals with doubleheaders starting 1 p.m.. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Russell Road Softball Complex in Henderson.
“After a long road trip, we’re really excited to be playing at home,” first baseman Rhiana Balaun, who is hitting .340 with 14 RBIs and five doubles, said. “I expect us to leave everything out on the field this weekend.”
The Coyotes have a team batting average of .386 collectively with four starters hitting over .400.