Thu, Mar. 28, 2013 - [Softball]
The Kansas Wesleyan softball team opened KCAC play with a two-game sweep on Thursday afternoon at Bill Burke Park in Salina. The Coyotes won the first game 3-0 and completed the sweep with a 7-2 victory in game two.
The Coyotes improved to 19-4 overall with the sweep and 2-0 in the KCAC, while Ottawa fell to 13-8 and 0-2 in the league. It was the first time that KWU coach Daryl Hoelting swept the Braves in three tries as Coyote head coach.
In the opener the Coyotes scored three runs in the second inning, and that was all it took as Wesleyan won the opener 3-0. Pitcher Chelsea Reid tossed a complete game 8-hit shutout for the Coyotes, needed 101 pitches to complete her afternoon in the circle.
Wesleyan led off the second with a walk by Rachel Rheaume and Lindsey Weaver reached on an error, but was thrown out at second base on the play. Rheaume scored on Chelsea Reid's RBI single and three batters later Reid scored on Morgan Jacobs' RBI hit. Kim Patterson completed the Coyote scoring with a RBI single up the middle that scored Kylee Timberlake.
The Coyote defense came up huge in the game, turning an inning-ending double play in the top of the second inning and again in the third. The Coyotes also got out of trouble in the fourth as Ottawa stranded a pair and then again in the top of the seventh as Ottawa stranded another two base runners.
Reid got the win for the Coyotes in the circle, allowing just eight hits and striking out two to improve to 8-2 on the season. Kylee Timberlake went 3-for-3 in the game while six other Coyotes had a hit each.
In game two, the Coyotes scored in each of the first three innings and pitcher Daria Leid carried a perfect game into the fifth inning as the Coyotes won 7-2.
Wesleyan's first run came in the bottom of the first when Rheaume hit a ground-rule double to right center that scored Angelica Cesena who had walked earlier in the inning. The Coyotes blew the game open in the bottom of the second with three more runs. Timberlake led off the inning reaching on an error, followed by a bunt single by Shelby Hubbard. Stephanie Patterson executed the sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position and Morgan Jacobs followed with a RBI double to right to score Timberlake. Two batters later, Kim Patterson connected for a 2-run double to put Wesleyan ahead 4-0.
Shelby Hubbard drove in the fifth run of the game for the Coyotes in the third with a single to right field that allowed Rheaume to score.
Ottawa got its first baserunner of the game with one out in the top of the fifth inning when Mikayla Oliphant walked followed by a 2-run homer by Catherine Wallace to cut into Wesleyan's lead. Lydia Budke followed the homer with a walk, but Leid would rally striking out Bree Drury and getting Darin Lewis to ground out to end the inning.
Kim Patterson answered Ottawa's fifth inning homer with a towering shot of her own in the bottom of the sixth. Cesena singled with two outs before Patterson stepped up and launched a ball into the stratosphere in left field that easily cleared the fence for a 2-run shot.
Oliphant led off the Ottawa seventh with a single and Budke later walked, but Drury would line into a game-ending double play as the ball was hit right back to Leid who threw to Patterson at second to double off the runner at second.
Kim Patterson went 2-for-4 in the game driving in four runs, while three other Coyotes had two hits each. Leid was incredibly efficient in the circle for the Coyotes, needing only 86 pitches to complete game as she held Ottawa to three hits while striking out six.
The Coyotes return to action on Saturday, heading to Hillsboro to take on Tabor College at 1 p.m. Wesleyan then plays at Sterling on Wednesday before returning home next Saturday to host Bethel College at Bill Burke Park.