KWU Baseball Rallies Past MACU
KSAL Sports - April 1, 2014 8:20 am
If the scoreboard at Dean Evans Stadium had been working, there was no certainty that it could have kept up during the doubleheader between the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes and Mid America Christian Evangels on Monday afternoon. Wesleyan would rally twice to win 16-10 and 15-14 over the Evangels.
In the doubleheader, the teams would combine for 55 runs and 44 hits and a handful of errors. Twice the Coyotes had 11-run at bats, both times in the fourth inning and both times erased large deficits to the Evangels and put the Coyotes ahead for good.
Mid America jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first game, scoring twice in the first, once in the second and two more times in the third. Wesleyan had a great chance to score in the second inning, but would end up stranding runners at second and third in the inning.
In the fourth, the Coyotes put together an 11-run inning, thanks to just six hits and one error. MACU would load the bases with walks to three of the first four batters of the inning, setting the stage for Michael McGovern (JR/Grand Junction, Colo.) to blast a grand slam to right field to get the Coyotes on the board and back within a run at 5-4. Kyle Perez (JR/Tracey, Calif.) would bring home a run on a bunt single and Jeremy Rosenthal (JR/Reno, Nev.) would launch a 3-run homer down the line in right to put the Coyotes ahead. Jake Hawkins (JR/Modesto, Calif.) and Omar Sadaoui (SR/Littleton, Colo.) would add RBI hits in the frame as well.
MACU answered back with five runs in the top of the fifth and the Coyotes added five more runs in the sixth to take the 16-10 lead. The Coyotes loaded the bases to open the inning and a balk would bring home the first run. Jordan Rousselle (SO/Aurora, Colo.) would come through with a 2-run single and Rosenthal drove in two more with a 2-run hit in the inning.
Perez had three hits in the game, while Rosenthal and McGovern combined to go 4-for-7 with nine RBI in the game. Hawkins and Rousselle also had multiple hits in the game. Brandon Wescher (FR/Gilberts, Ill.) would get the win, going four innings, allowing five runs on four hits with three strikeouts. Adam Matz (JR/Lincolnville, Kan.), David Herrera (JR/Turlock, Calif.) and Mark McNown (JR/El Dorado, Kan.) each pitched an inning.
Wesleyan would mount an amazing comeback in the nightcap, rallying from a 10-run deficit with an 11-run output in the fourth inning and then holding on for a 15-14 win.
After a scoreless first inning by both teams, things turned sour for the Coyotes quickly. Wesleyan allowed eight runs in the top of the second inning, including back-to-back homers by AJ Wilson and Taylor Daniels for Mid America Christian.
Sadaoui connected for a 2-run homer in the bottom of the inning to get the Coyotes on the board, only to see MACU get two of its own in the top of the third inning. Wesleyan scored two again in the third on a sacrifice fly by Jake Hawkins and a RBI hit by Sadaoui.
The Evangels scored four times in the top of the fourth to take a 14-4 lead which also seemed insurmountable by the Coyotes. Undaunted the Coyotes started their rally. AJ Kissinger (JR/Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) led off the inning with a single and Rosenthal would drive in the first run on a bases loaded walk. Dalton Eastep (JR/Salina, Kan.) followed with a 2-run single, Rosenthal scored on a wild pitch and Hawkins followed with a 2-run double. Sadaoui homered for the second time in the game to right for two more runs and three batters later Rousselle connected on a 2-run double and later scored the go ahead run on a wild pitch to make it 15-14. All 11 runs by the Coyotes scored before an out was recorded in the inning.
McNown would put forth an incredible pitching performance in the sixth and seventh innings for the save. He would get MACU to strand a runner at third in the sixth after reaching on an error to start the inning and McNown would strike out Daniels looking to end the game and give the Coyotes the 15-14 win.
Jordan Dee (JR/Glendale, Ariz.) would get the win for the Coyotes as the pitcher of record when Wesleyan took the lead in the fourth inning. Connor Freeman (SR/Peoria, Ariz.) would pitch an inning, striking out two before giving way to McNown to close it out. Sadaoui and Kissinger each had three hits in the game as Sadaoui drove in five runs and Hawkins drove in three.
The Coyotes are back in action on Thursday, hosting Sterling College at 3 p.m. at Dean Evans Stadium.