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KWU Softball Sweeps Central Christian

KSAL Sports - April 1, 2014 8:06 am

The Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes faced two opponents on Monday afternoon. The first was the Central Christian Tigers; the second was the fierce winds from the west that made play mightily fun for both teams. The Coyotes would prevail, sweeping the Tigers 16-9 and 13-3 at Bill Burke Park.

After Wesleyan gave up a run in the top of the first of the opening game, the Coyotes exploded for six runs in the bottom half of the inning, three of the runs coming on Noelle Skanderson(SR/Rohnert Park, Calif.)’s 3-run homer to get the Coyotes on the board. Reanna Guzman(JR/Lakewood, Calif.) and Abrianna Palacio(JR/Garden Grove, Calif.) had RBI hits in the inning and Guzman scored on a stolen base for the final run of the frame.

The Coyotes added three more in the second on a RBI hit by Rachel Rheaume (SO/Riley, Kan.) and then a 2-run double by Guzman.

Both teams scored once in the third, Wesleyan’s run coming on Kylee Timberlake (SO/Bonner Springs, Kan.)’s solo homer before Central Christian would score seven runs in the top of the fourth to get within a run at 10-9. Wesleyan answered right back in the bottom of the fourth, scoring three times. Rheaume had a RBI triple, followed by a run scoring hit by Carrie Wiegand(JR/Madera, Calif.) and Timberlake later had a RBI double.

Wesleyan didn’t slow down, scoring two more times in the fifth on Angelique Archuleta (FR/Broomfield, Colo.)’s 2-run single and then added another run in the sixth to take a 16-9 lead. Central Christian would go quietly in the seventh as the Coyotes would get the win.

Hannah Holt (JR/Shawnee, Kan.) would pick up the win in relief for the Coyotes, coming in to pitch in the fourth inning and going the rest of the way. She held Central Christian to one hit and recorded three strikeouts. Starter Daria Leid (SR/Carson City, Nev.) allowed nine runs, six of them earned, on eight hits with two walks and a strikeout in three innings-plus. Rheaume went 3-for-3 in the game with two RBI, while three other Coyotes had two hits each.

Stephanie Patterson (JR/Hutchinson, Kan.) would for 3-for-4 with five RBI in the nightcap as the Coyotes cruised to a 13-3 win in a run-rule shortened game.

After giving up a run in the top of the first, Wesleyan scored five times in the bottom half of the inning. Four RBI hits and a passed ball accounted for Wesleyan’s runs. The Coyotes added three more in the second as Palacio scored on a passed ball andStephanie Patterson connected on a 2-run homer.

Patterson led the charge in the Wesleyan half of the third as well as the Coyotes scored five times with two outs in the inning. Patterson doubled home two runs and then scored on an error. Timberlake reached on an error by the Central Christian left fielder that allowed another run to score.

With the weather turning sharply colder and the blustery winds continuing, both teams quickly went through their final at bats as the game ended after Central Christian batted in the fifth inning.

Taylor Heins (FR/Americus, Kan.) picked up the win allowing three runs on seven hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Kirstie Zimmerman (SR/San Jose, Calif.) had two hits for the Coyotes while five others had a hit apiece in the game.

The Coyotes return to action on Wednesday, hosting Sterling College at 4 p.m. at Bill Burke Park.