Cleveland State Softball

The Cleveland State softball team has gotten off to a rough start this season. After coming out of the gates hot, winning three of four, the team has fallen off – losing 11 of the next 12, including ten straight.

The Vikings won three of four games at the CSU Dome Invitational, but once they went on the road, everything fell apart. The team won one game at the Coastal Carolina Kickin’ Chicken Classic, and got swept at the Louisville Red and Black Classic and the Mizuno Classic.

Across the tournament games, the Vikings played some larger programs such as Louisville, Coastal Carolina, and Kent State.

The Vikings will now begin the body of their schedule, as early season tournament play has concluded.

Going forward, it seems as if every area of the team needs improvement. Pitching and defense have not been great.

The Vikings gave up nine runs in four separate games, along with a game where they gave up eight. Even more concerning is the errors. The Vikings had eight errors in the Coastal Carolina tournament, nine at the Louisville tournament, and seven in the Mizuno tournament.

The Vikings cannot expect to win any games with this bad of defense. The Vikings had one game in the Mizuno tournament with seven errors. Somehow, the team only gave up three unearned runs.

On the other side, the offense has done well, but is not producing runs. The team in batting .256 with a .348 on base percentage. The team has also slugged 10 home runs. Unfortunately, the team is only averaging 3.3 runs per game.

The softball team will look to move forward with their season, but it will likely get off to a rocky start, as they begin with two games against Baylor, and five on the road. The Vikings will not start in league play until April.

The Vikings are going to want to win some of the remaining games in March to try to carry some momentum into in league play. The Vikings should win against the 2-10 Niagara Purple Eagles at home on March 25th in a double header.

After a dismal basketball season, Vikings fans are hoping for a strong season from a spring sport. So far, the softball team has not been that. That is partly to blame for a tough schedule, but the play on the field has been dismal.

The Vikings will likely have made improvements since the conclusion of the Mizuno Invitational, so we will see if it shows.

Matthew Johns covers Cleveland State sports for Forever Rebuilding. He is also the owner of and you can follow him on Twitter @MGJTalks