For CSM softball team, regular season is just perfect 

The College of San Mateo softball team had a regular season to remember. And the final chapter couldn't have been more perfect.

On Tuesday, the Bulldogs overwhelmed Foothill 20-0 to conclude a 35-0 regular season, the best in school history. They were 16-0 in Coast North play.

Expectations were high for the team before the season, but no one could have predicted a result quite like this one.

"It's pretty awesome," coach Nicole Borg said. "This wasn't in our sights at the beginning.

"Not that we had anything to lose consequently to our season, but we were striving for that perfect season. 'Hey, what the heck? Why not? We only have one game left. We might as well shoot for it.' So, writing our name in history is pretty awesome. The 2015 softball team can always say it was the first one to do it."

Now the Bulldogs will focus on a return trip to the state final four in Bakersfield on May 15-17.

Their first postseason opponent will be determined this weekend. The Bulldogs will begin the playoffs May 2-3.

"A team effort," second baseman Christy Peterson called it. "The best part about playing with this team is we have a very good vibe. We all get along off the field, so it helps us on the field. When we work hard, it shows."

Peterson went 3-for-3 (two doubles) with three RBIs and two runs scored. Kayleen Smith had two hits and also scored twice.

Leilani Akai and Melina Rodriguez slammed home runs in the victory, which was stopped early because of the mercy rule.

Rodriguez lifted her batting average to a state-high .618 and hit safely in her 34th straight game, a streak that began last season. She also had a double and scored three times.

"I was feeling really good," Rodriguez said. "I felt like my teammates were going to pick me up and get more hits, and they ended up doing that."

Right-hander Lauren Berriatua pitched four scoreless innings and will take a 23-0 record into the postseason opener. She lowered her earned run average to 0.28, best in the state. The sophomore struck out six and allowed one hit, a single in the second inning. She also hit a double and scored three times.

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