Sat, Feb. 15, 2014 - [Baseball]
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – The Kansas Wesleyan Baseball team opened its 2014 season with a pair of losses to Oklahoma Wesleyan, 7-1 and 4-0, on Friday in Bartlesville.
Friday was originally scheduled to be a single nine-inning game, but the teams added a second game due to earlier season cancellations.
Oklahoma Wesleyan took a 2-0 lead to open the first game, which was played as a nine-inning contest, thanks to a sacrifice fly and then a steal of home. The Eagles would add one more run in the third on another sacrifice fly that would plate another run.
The Coyotes were held without a hit until the fourth when Jeremy Rosenthal led off the frame with a single to right. Kyle Buchanan would also single in the inning, but the Coyotes would strand a pair in the inning.
KWU got on the board in the top of the seventh after Buchanan led off with a single and would later score on Michael McGovern's hit to center field. OKWU would add four runs in the bottom half of the inning on a RBI single, an error and another RBI hit.
Connor Freeman would take the game one loss allowing three runs on five hits in four innings of work. Brandon Maio would pitch four innings in relief, allowing four runs on eight hits. Buchanan would have two of the Coyotes' five hits.
Garrett Easton led Oklahoma Wesleyan with three hits, while Diego Ibarra would go the distance for the win for the Eagles allowing a run on five hits and tallying nine strikeouts.
The impromptu second game was a pitcher's duel until the bottom of the sixth when Oklahoma Wesleyan scored four runs for the 4-0 shutout.
KWU starter Mike Ebersole held the Eagles without a run through five-plus innings. The first run would come across after an error then a single to left. Two more runs would score thanks to another error and a sacrifice would drive in the final run of the frame.
The Coyotes were held to one hit in the game coming in the top of the sixth inning by Dalton Eastep. Rhett Acker would pick up the win for the Eagles, striking out ten in the complete game shutout.
Ebersole took the loss for the Coyotes, allowing three runs, all unearned, on three hits, with a pair of walks and three strikeouts. Joey Evans would pitch two-thirds of an inning with a walk and a strikeout.
The Coyotes and Eagles are back in action in a scheduled doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon in Bartlesville.