The article below originally appeared in the San Mateo Daily Journal and is being reprinted with permission.
Two San Mateo County rivals, two impressive wins for the CSM baseball team.
A couple of days after a marvelous pitching performance from ace Clay Bauer, College of San Mateo pounded out 10 runs on 10 hits to beat Skyline 10-2 Monday afternoon.
Last Saturday, CSM defeated Cañada College 4-2.
Monday’s game against the Trojans was a make-up after rain canceled the matchup last week.
The game was tight in its early parts, with the score notched at one-all going into the fifth inning.
It was then that Bo Walter bunted home Mike Kathan in for a 2-1 lead.
CSM added two more in the frame and never looked back, with most of the damage done in sixth, when the Bulldogs scored six runs.
Freshman Andrew Herrera got his first win for the Bulldogs, pitching 3 1/3 innings of relief. He struck out three and allowed just one hit and one walk after coming on in the fourth inning with the bases loaded and two outs and getting Skyline’s Cory Faubel to groundout back to the pitcher.
Skyline had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the first that held up until the fourth inning.
Kathan was 3 for 4 in the game and scored two runs.
The Trojans managed only five hits.
Last Saturday, Bauer turned in perhaps his best pitching performance of the season to lead CSM over Cañada.
The sophomore ace had 11 strikeouts (to tie for the Golden Gate Conference season lead with 44) and only walked the final batter he faced in 7 2/3 innings of action. He allowed one earned run while on the mound and was responsible for a second after leaving. Dylan Nelson got his second save of the year, shutting down the Colts after allowing that final run to score in the seventh.
Golden Gate leader CSM (13-7, 6-1) started the Coast crossover game with four hits to score three runs — as it turned it out, it was all they would need. Brandon Defazio Walter singled, Joseph Armstrong tripled them home and then scored on Cody Zimmerman’s single.
Armstrong went 2 for 4 at the plate to raise his team-leading season average to .385, fourth best in the Golden Gate Conference. Defazio, Walter and Hurley also had two hits apiece for the Bulldogs. Trevin Craig added an RBI double in the fifth to score Hurley.
In women’s softball action, the Bulldogs are back after a week’s rest on Wednesday when they travel to Gavilan for a 3 p.m. showdown.
CSM is on a nine-game winning streak, their second such stretch of softball this season. Both are the longest for Coach Nicole Borg at San Mateo.
Michele Pilster is fresh off her 16th win of the season in a game against San Jose City College. Her total is good for the second-most wins in the state. She is 16-2.
She struck out seven and walked just one, giving up one earned run in the bottom of the seventh. Selina Rodriguez had a home run, going 2 for 4 at the plate with two RBI and two runs scored.
Jamie Navarro also homered.