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KWU Softball Sweeps Friends

KSAL Sports - April 17, 2014 6:37 am

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The Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes put together two quality games of softball and got a little help from the McPherson Bulldogs as Wesleyan swept Friends 3-2 and 5-2 on Wednesday at Bill Burke Park in Salina. The Bulldogs split with Ottawa in McPherson, pushing the Coyotes back into a tie for first place in the KCAC standings.

Wesleyan fell behind 2-0 in the opening game after a 2-run homer by Khadijah Bland in the first inning, but after that the Coyotes controlled the game, holding Friends to just one more hit the rest of the way as starter Daria Leid (SR/Carson City, Nev.) settled in.

The Coyotes got on the board in the fourth whenKimberly Patterson (SO/Hutchinson, Kan.) led off the inning with a single and moved to second on Noelle Skanderson (SR/Rohnert Park, Calif.)’s sacrifice bunt. An illegal pitch moved Patterson to third who then scored on a single to short by Lauren Szoboscan (JR/Rancho Cordova, Calif.).

The Falcons didn’t have another hit until the sixth when Christina Downs singled, but a double play would end the inning when Bland was called for interference at second base.

Skanderson led off the Coyote sixth with a single and after a hit by Szoboscan and a sacrifice bunt by Ashley Moon (SR/Spokane, Wash.), Rachel Rheaume (SO/Riley, Kan.) would knock home the game-tying run with a single and Reanna Guzman(JR/Lakewood, Calif.)’s fielder’s choice would yield the go ahead run for the Coyotes.

Leid would strike out the side in the seventh to seal the win for the Coyotes. She allowed just the two first inning runs on three hits with six strikeouts and three walks to improve to 10-3 on the season. Patterson and Szoboscan had two hits each for the Coyotes.

Wesleyan scored three times in the bottom of the second of the nightcap to get the early advantage and then would pull away for the 5-2 win. Szoboscan led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Moon. Rheaume then traded spots with pinch runner Brooke Neumann (FR/Sterling, Kan.) with a double. Guzman followed with a 2-run homer for the Coyotes, her first of the season, to complete the Coyote rally.

Friends scored twice in the top of the third to get back within a run, but the Coyotes added insurance runs in the third on a leadoff homer by Kimberly Patterson and another run in the fifth on a RBI ground out by Rheaume.

Meanwhile the Coyote pitching staff was again masterful. Starter Taylor Heins (FR/Americus, Kan.) got out of a bases loaded jam in the third with a strikeout and reliever Hannah Holt (JR/Shawnee, Kan.) would been the falcons off the board in the fifth, as Friends stranded two runners and worked around a 2-out walk in the seventh to finish the game.

Holt would pick up the win in relief, taking over for Heins to start the fourth inning, holding Friends to just two hits while striking out two and walking two. Heins went three innings, allowing two runs on three hits with three walks and a strikeout. Kimberly Patterson and Guzman each had two hits, while Rheaume and Guzman each drove in a pair of runs.

Wesleyan is back in action on Saturday heading to Newton to play Bethel at 1 p.m. at Newton Athletic Park. The Coyotes will close out the regular season on Tuesday, hosting Southwestern College at 4 p.m. at Bill Burke Park.

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