Record 18 schools to play in CSN Kickoff Classic
January 26, 2012
HENDERSON, Nev. -- The College of Southern Nevada is hosting the 4th annual CSN Kickoff Classic this Friday, Jan. 27 through Monday, Jan. 30 at both Stephanie Lynn Craig Park and the Russell Road Recreation Complex.
A record 18 teams will be in the tournament, traveling from Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Texas and as far away as Tennessee. Several top-notch softball teams will be in town, including defending national champion Yavapai College (Ariz.), national runner-up and Scenic West Athletic Conference nemesis Salt Lake Community College (Utah), Pima Community College (Ariz.), Odessa College (Tex.), and fellow SWAC member College of Southern Idaho. All the aforementioned teams were ranked in the final NJCAA Division I Top 20 National Poll of the 2011 season.
The Coyotes face Glendale (Ariz.) Community College and Gateway Community College (Ariz.) on Friday, then take on El Paso (Tex.) Community College, Odessa College and South Mountain Community College (Ariz.) on Saturday. CSN wraps up tournament play on Sunday against Phoenix (Ariz.) College and Chattanooga State Community College (Tenn.). Both South Mountain and Phoenix were in the NJCAA Division II Top 20 national rankings at the end of the 2011 season.
Tournament passes to all games at all sites will be available for $20.00. Tournament programs will be on sale for $3.00. Tournament t-shirts will also be sold on site.
Southern Nevada hires Perreira as head softball coach
June 18, 2011
HENDERSON, June 17, 2011 — The College of Southern Nevada Athletic Department is announcing the promotion of assistant softball coach Callen Perreira to head softball coach, effective July 1. Perreira replaces Ysidro Jimenez, whom he assisted the last two seasons.
Prior to CSN, Perreira coached at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, where he was head coach from 1990-2009 before retiring. He had 18 consecutive winning seasons with the Vulcans, compiling a 585-344-3 (.640) record. He led his 2004 and 2005 teams to Pacific West Conference championships. His teams also made appearances in the NCAA Div. II West Regionals in 2005, 2006 and 2007. The Vulcans were ranked as high as 11th in the nation in the 2007 NCAA Div. II rankings, and were consistently ranked in the NCAA Div. II West Region Top 10. During his tenure, Perreira coached 51 Academic All-Americans, and also led Hawaii-Hilo to a 4th place finish at the 1992 NAIA Softball World Series.
Perreira is a member of the Easton 500 Victory Club. He is also a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), and served as the Pacific West Conference Representative to the NFCA in 2008 and 2009.
Before Hawaii-Hilo, Perreira’s coaching career began at Hilo High School, where he was head softball coach from 1978-1987. He compiled a 161-32 (.834) record, winning eight consecutive league championships and one state title – still Hilo High’s only state title to this day.
Huge error foils Coyotes' upset bid against No. 2 SLCC
May 13, 2011
Things started out looking bright for the College of Southern Nevada softball team on Friday against top-seeded Salt Lake Community College.
Then, the dark clouds rolled in.
A huge error by CSN second baseman Kayla Bundy in the second inning allowed host Salt Lake to put up six unearned runs in the bottom of the second inning, and that's all the Bruins would need in their 6-4 victory over the Coyotes to advance to the NJCAA Region XVIII championship game.
With two outs and runners at second and third, Brooke Budge hit a grounder to second base that went through the legs of Bundy, scoring both Ariel Zimmerman and Shay Wallace. Salt Lake continued their hitting barrage, tagging CSN pitcher Monet Ormsby (19-11) for four more runs before Samantha Powell was brought in to relieve Ormsby. Powell effectively shut down the potent Bruin offense the remainder of the game.
CSN (38-27) got on the board in the first inning when A.J. Woodward singled in Tiffini Lucero following Lucero's one-out triple. The Coyotes loaded the bases after that, but couldn't drive in any more runs.
In the sixth, Kalei Adams hit a solo home run that cut the deficit to 6-2. The home run could have had more significance, though, as Cheyenne Wells was caught stealing just before Adams' home run.
Woodward blasted a two-run shot to left with one out in the seventh, scoring Lucero to get within two, but Alicia Firelein and Andi Felise both struck out to end the game.
Zimmerman (26-3) struck out eight CSN batters to earn the complete-game victory for Salt Lake (51-7).
Woodward led the Coyote offense, going 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs, a home run and a run scored. Lucero was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
CSN must now win three to win the Region XVIII Championship. Their quest begins with another date with second-seeded College of Southern Idaho, who rallied to defeat North Idaho 12-9 with 10 runs in the bottom of the 7th. CSI advanced to face the Coyotes after eliminating Snow College 6-2 in Friday's nightcap.
The winner of the CSN-CSI game will face SLCC for the Region XVIII title. The winner of the tournament advances to the Women's Junior College World Series, which takes place May 19-21 in St. George, Utah.
CSN upsets No. 17 CSI; biggest game in program history looms
May 13, 2011
The College of Southern Nevada softball team opened up the NJCAA Region XVIII Softball Tournament with a pair of victories on Thursday, defeating Western Nevada 4-1 before stunning 17th-ranked College of Southern Idaho with a 5-2 win at Bruin Field in Salt Lake City.
CSN (38-26) didn't waste any time building a lead against their in-state rivals. Tiffini Lucero singled to start the Coyote offense. Katie Uriarte reached on a fielder's choice. She then advanced to second and third on wild pitches before scoring on a passed ball. Later in the inning, Andi Felise singled in A.J. Woodward to put the Coyotes in front 2-0 after one.
Southern Nevada added two more runs in the fourth to make it a 4-0 advantage, thanks to a two-out, two-run double by Uriarte that scored Cheyenne Wells and Monet Ormsby.
The Wildcats (8-39) scored their lone run in the fifth on a two-out RBI single by Ashley Gleason that scored Sarah Cudahy.Ormsby (19-10) went the distance to earn the victory. She allowed one earned run and scattered seven hits while striking out five and walking four.
In the second game, CSN came back from an early 1-0 deficit with a three-run fourth inning that started with back-to-back home runs by A.J. Woodward and Alicia Firelein -- their 26th and 15th of the season, respectively -- that gave the Coyotes a 2-1 advantage. Then, with one out, Wells singled in Felise to make it 3-1.
The Golden Eagles (41-18) scored a run in the fifth on a two-out RBI double by Marina Groenewegen that scored Marie Williams to cut CSN's lead to one. CSI kept the inning going when Kelsey Bryant reached on an error at shortstop by Lucero to put runners on first and second. Nikki Brailsford then drew a walk from starter Samantha Powell (12-13) to load the bases. The Coyotes replaced Powell with Ormsby, who was able to get Kelsie Webster to foul out to first base on a pop-up to end the inning. Southern Idaho would not threaten again the rest of the game.
Southern Nevada added two insurance runs in the 7th inning. The first run came on a bizarre play where Uriarte bunted to third base to attempt to advance Lucero from first to second after starting the inning off with a single. The throw from Groenewegen at third was not in time, nor was it on target as the throw ended up down the right-field line. The error allowed Lucero to score, and a second error on the same play by first baseman Brailsford allowed Uriarte to reach third base. Firelein then scored Uriarte on a suicide squeeze bunt to the pitcher for the final margin.
CSN has their biggest game in the school's softball program history looming ahead on Friday when they face top-seeded and second-ranked Salt Lake Community College at 2:30 p.m. MDT. If the Coyotes can pull off the stunner, they would be just one win away from their first-ever appearance in the Women's Junior College World Series. A loss would mean CSN would have to win three times on Saturday to get to the WJCWS.
Coyotes' five HRs not enough to keep 2011 season alive
May 13, 2011
The College of Southern Nevada baseball team saw their 2011 season come to a close in disappointing fashion on Thursday in Carson City, dropping a nail-biter to top-seeded Western Nevada College 4-3 before being upended by fifth-seeded USU-College of Eastern Utah 14-12 in the loser's bracket of the NJCAA Region XVIII Baseball Tournament.
In the first game, fourth-seeded CSN (32-27) got on the board in the fifth inning on a solo home run by John Pustay to cut the Wildcats' lead to 2-1. Later in the eighth, Cameron Harper belted a two-run homer, scoring Christian Centrella on the play to give CSN a 3-2 lead.
Unfortunately, it was deja vu for the Coyotes, as Western Nevada plated two runs in the bottom of the eighth on a pair of RBI singles to extend their winning streak to 21 games. WNC (45-11) did the exact same thing in the first game of their series with CSN in Carson City on Apr. 22, scoring two runs in the eighth after Harper hit a homer to put CSN in front in the top half of the inning.
Starting pitcher Chipper Smith (7-7) suffered the loss for CSN. Smith pitched 7 2/3 innings, striking out six while walking four and hitting one batter. Harper finished 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs, and Centrella was also 2-for-4.
In the nightcap, the Golden Eagles took advantage of poor CSN pitching in the middle innings to build a 7-3 lead going into the bottom of the 7th. It was at that point the Coyotes took matters into their own hands by hanging up a 7-spot to take a 10-7 lead. Kris Kaplan started the scoring bonanza with a two-run double. Later, Pustay crushed a three-run homer to put CSN in front, 8-7. A pair of solo home runs by Colby Croft and Dalton Gust gave the Coyotes a three-run advantage.
USU-CEU (21-40) added a run in the eighth on a fielder's choice to cut CSN's lead to two. The Coyotes added a couple of insurance runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 12-8 lead into the 9th, but Eastern Utah quickly pushed two runs across off of reliever Nick Libonati to cut the lead back down to two, 12-10 with runners on first and second and no outs. Closer Matt Dunbar (5-3) was able to get a pair of groundouts at the cost of another run. CSN intentionally walked Kort Christofferson, then Dunbar walked the next batter to load the bases for USU-CEU. The next batter hit a slow roller to Duncan Satherlie at second. It appeared to be a routine ground ball that would have ended the game, but Satherlie's throw to first did not beat the baserunner, allowing the tying run to score. A base hit into the outfield capped the Golden Eagles' six-run 9th inning before the baserunner was out at second trying to stretch it into a double.
USU-College of Eastern Utah advances to take on College of Southern Idaho (33-21) at 12:30 p.m. Friday. Third-seeded CSI lost 10-5 to second-seeded Salt Lake in the game played in between CSN's games. SLCC (44-13) takes on host Western Nevada at 9 a.m. Friday.