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KWU Softball Splits in Oklahoma

KSAL Sports - February 24, 2014 4:57 pm

The Kansas Wesleyan Softball team split its two games played at Oklahoma Wesleyan University on Saturday in Bartlesville, Okla. The Coyotes defeated previously unbeaten Evangel (Mo.) 3-1 in the first game before losing 4-3 to Oklahoma Wesleyan in the nightcap.

In the 3-1 win against Evangel, Wesleyan plated single runs in the second, third and fourth innings before giving up a run to the Crusaders in the bottom of the sixth.

Noelle Skanderson (SR, Rohnert Park, Calif.) reached on an error to lead off the Coyote half of the second and then scored on Lindsey Weaver(SO, Colorado Springs, Colo.)’s single.Kimberly Patterson (SO, Hutchinson, Kan.) doubled home a run in the third after Cassidy Dixon (FR, Maize, Kan.) led off the frame with her own double. Angelique Archuleta (FR, Broomfield, Colo.) singled in the third driving home Rachel Rheaume (SO, Riley, Kan.) in the third.

Shelby Hoffman hit a leadoff homerun for Evangel in the sixth to put the Crusaders on the board.

Reliever Hannah Holt (JR, Shawnee, Kan.) would get out of situations in the sixth and again in the seventh to earn a save in the opener. Rheaume had two of Wesleyan’s nine hits, while seven other players had a hit each. Freshman Taylor Heins (FR, Americus, Kan.) got the win for the Coyotes, allowing one run on four hits with a walk and a strikeout.

In the second game against Oklahoma Wesleyan, the Coyotes had to rally from a 3-0 deficit, tying the game in the top of the fifth before OWU picked up the win on a walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh.

Oklahoma Wesleyan used four hits and an error to plate three runs in the bottom half of the first inning. After that, KWU pitcherDaria Leid (SR, Carson City, Nev.) settled into a groove, holding the Eagles to just two hits over the next five innings, including three consecutive 1-2-3 innings.

The Coyotes got back within a run after plating a pair in the third. Skanderson singled to score Stephanie Patterson (JR, Hutchinson, Kan.) and Ashley Moon (SR, Spokane, Wash.) later singled scoring Stephanie Patterson.

KWU got the game-tying run in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Skanderson. Oklahoma Wesleyan used two singles, sandwiched around a walk to manufacture the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh.

Dixon had two of KWU’s seven hits in the game while Skanderson drove in two runs. Leid gave up four runs, only two of them earned, on eight hits while striking out two in the game.

Next up for the Coyotes will be the home opener, which has been moved to Wednesday afternoon against York College at 1:30 p.m. at Bill Burke Park Field 4.