The article below originally appeared in the San Mateo Daily Journal and is being reprinted with permission.
With an 11-0 win over Gavilan Tuesday, the College of San Mateo softball team ran its home record to 21-0 this season and remains tied atop the state rankings with College of Riverside.
The win also maintains the Lady Bulldogs two-game cushion over Foothill — 8-2 compared to 7-4 — in the Coast Conference North Division and pushed their overall mark to 28-3 for the season. Tuesday’s win was the 17th time this season the Lady Bulldogs finished off an opponent with the eight-run mercy rule.
Against Gavilan, CSM got another strong pitching performance and had contributions up and down the lineup. Amelia Shales (Notre Dame-Belmont), making her seventh appearance of the year, pitched three innings of two-hit ball in picking up her fourth win of the season. Michele Pilster (Capuchino), who leads the state in wins with 21, threw the final two frames in relief. Offensively, Pilster drove the offense with a home run and four RBIs, going 2 for 2 from the plate. Selina Rodriguez (El Camino) drove in a pair and also scored twice for the Lady Bulldogs, while Jamie Navarro (Capuchino) had a double in her only official at-bat to raise her team-leading batting average to .457.
As a team, CSM is batting .371 on the season, with 22 home runs, 13 triples and 55 doubles. Rodriguez is also having a whale of the season at the plate, hitting .437. Talisa Fiame (Terra Nova) leads the Lady Bulldogs with seven home runs and 37 RBIs. In all, six different players have 20 or more RBIs for the Lady Bulldogs and nine have double-digit runs driven in.
CSM is equally impressive in the pitcher’s circle. Pilster is among the state leaders in nearly every pitching category, leading the state in wins, second in strikeouts (138) and third in ERA (1.22). More importantly, opponents are hitting only .180 against the CSM pitching staff.
The Lady Bulldogs, which have the third-best RPI ranking in the state, have won 4 of their last 5 and 19 of their last 21 since suffering their first loss Feb. 12, a 3-2 decision against Delta. CSM had lost 2 of 3 but have won three straight since a 5-2 loss to Monterey March 14. The Lady Bulldogs have a big road test today as they travel to Aptos to take on Cabrillo College, which leads the Coast Conference South Division with a 9-1 record and has an overall mark of 25-6. Cabrillo is ranked No. 6 in Northern California and 13th in the state.