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Senior Chad Zuniga went 3-for-3 in the 2nd game as the Coyotes split with Saint Mary on Sunday at Evans Stadium
Senior Chad Zuniga went 3-for-3 in the 2nd game as the Coyotes split with Saint Mary on Sunday at Evans Stadium
Mon, Apr. 29, 2013 - [Baseball]

The Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes needed two wins to keep their postseason hopes alive, but the Coyotes split the KCAC finale doubleheader as the Spires won game one 8-5 and the Coyotes rallied in the nightcap for a 7-1 win in game two on Sunday afternoon at Dean Evans Stadium.


The afternoon did not start off well for either team. In the confusion of the weekend's games being rescheduled because of weather related issues, the umpires were sent to Leavenworth for the game, and did not arrive at Evans Stadium until about 4:30, pushing the start of the games back until nearly 5 p.m.


The Spires jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first of the opener and added another run in the top of the third with an unearned run. The Coyotes halved Saint Mary's lead in the bottom of the third as Colton Zebe crushed a ball over the scoreboard in left field for a 2-run homer after Jordan Rousselle's single earlier in the inning.


Wesleyan took the lead briefly in the bottom of the fourth with three runs. Jordan Bain had a RBI single, as did Omar Sadaoui and Caleb Wade also pitched in with a RBI single for the Coyotes. Wesleyan had a chance to add more runs but Saint Mary got the Coyotes to ground into a double play to end the inning with the bases loaded.


Saint Mary answered back in the top of the fifth with four runs, all coming on a pair of 2-run doubles, to retake the lead that the Spires would not relinquish the rest of the way.


Wesleyan had chances in the sixth and the seventh, but could not get any runs across.


Lynch was 3-for-4 in the game while Zebe and Sadaoui also had a pair of hits for the Coyotes. Starter Connor Freeman took the loss for the Coyotes, allowing all eight Saint Mary runs, seven of them earned, on 11 hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Mark McNown pitched an inning and a third and Zebe pitched the seventh.


Saint Mary scored first in the second game, an unearned run in the top of the second, which proved to be the Spires' only run of the game as the Coyotes won 7-1. Wesleyan got another outstanding pitching performance from freshman Blake Pontius in the game as he held the Spires to just five hits in six innings of work.


Wesleyan tied things up in the bottom of the second when Nate Holt singled to drive home Lance Johnson, who was courtesy-running for Chad Zuniga in the game. The Coyotes blew the game open in the bottom of the third inning with three runs. Zuniga had a RBI single, Lynch had a sacrifice fly and Holt added another RBI with a hit in the inning.


The Coyotes added three more in the bottom of the fifth as Aaron Heiland singled and then scored on an error on a pickoff attempt at second base. Zebe added a RBI hit, and Bain pitched in with a RBI double down the line in right.


Zuniga went 3-for-3 in the second game and Holt was 2-for-3 with two RBI as Wesleyan played an all-senior lineup in the final game. Johnson had two stolen bases as did Heiland, and Johnson and fellow pitcher Brandon Monahan got at-bats for the Coyotes in their final game at Evans Stadium. Pontius got the win, pitching six innings, allowing one unearned run on five hits while senior Matt Rose pitched the seventh for the Coyotes.


Despite not making the KCAC Tournament, the Coyotes have added a game on Wednesday at Wichita State University. First pitched from Eck Stadium is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., in Wichita.

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