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KWU Softball Sweeps Sterling

KSAL Sports - April 3, 2014 6:15 am

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The Kansas Wesleyan Softball team played Sterling College on Wednesday afternoon at Bill Burke Park in Salina and swept the Warriors in a pair of run-rule shortened games 12-2 and 10-2 to remain tied atop the KCAC standings at 5-1.

Again the weather was an issue as the Salina area could not break free of the low clouds, cold temperatures and drizzle from the morning that held the actual temperature well below the predicted levels.

In the opener, Sterling took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a 2-run homer by Rebecca Dickerson, but those would be the only runs scored by the Warriors in the game. Wesleyan responded with four runs in the bottom half of the inning, capitalizing on two Sterling errors in the frame.Ashley Moon (SR/Spokane, Wash.) drove in a run on a bases loaded walk and three more runs scored later in the inning when Rachel Rheaume (SO/Riley, Kan.) hit a ball into center field that was dropped by the center fielder and Rheaume would end up on third base on the base-clearing three-base error.

The Coyotes added three more in the third again thanks to Rheaume, this time in a much more conventional way. After Noelle Skanderson (SR/Rohnert Park, Calif.) reached on a leadoff single and Kylee Timberlake (SO/Bonner Springs, Kan.) walked two batters later, Rheaume launched a 3-run homer to center field to put the Coyotes up 7-2.

Five more runs would cross in the Coyote half of the fourth inning. Lindsey Weaver (SO/Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Stephanie Patterson (JR/Hutchinson, Kan.) hit back-to-back home runs, and Kimberly Patterson (SO/Hutchinson, Kan.) missed making it back-to-back-to-back by just a few feet to start the Coyote rally. Skanderson followed with a triple and then scored on Moon’s RBI single. Hannah Bapst (SR/Phoenix, Ariz.) knocked in the final two runs of the inning with a single up the middle to score Rheaume and Timberlake.

Pitcher Daria Leid (SR/Carson City, Nev.) struck out the side in the top of the fifth to end the game on the run rule.

Leid went the distance, allowing two runs on six hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Stephanie Patterson, Skanderson and Rheaume all had multiple hits for the Coyotes who scored their 12 runs on just nine hits.

In the nightcap, freshman pitcher Taylor Heins (FR/Americus, Kan.) held Sterling to just three hits in the 10-2 run-rule victory for the Coyotes. Wesleyan also capitalized on six Sterling errors in the game.

The Coyotes jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on Rheaume’s RBI hit back through the middle to score Moon. Wesleyan added two more in the third thanks in part to three Warrior errors in the frame.

Sterling would get back within a run in the top of the fourth inning on Theresa Yeaman’s 2-run single, but a huge bottom half of the inning by the Coyotes left little doubt in the decision of the game.

Reanna Guzman (JR/Lakewood, Calif.) led off the Coyote fourth with a triple and then scored on Abrianna Palacio (JR/Garden Grove, Calif.)’s squeeze play. Weaver followed with her second home run of the day. Steph Patterson then walked, stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and then scored on a throwing error by the Sterling catcher. Lauren Szoboscan (JR/Rancho Cordova, Calif.) reached on an error that yielded another run. Kylee Timberlake doubled to left for another run as the Coyotes hit for the cycle as a team in the inning. Rheaume was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Cassidy Dixon (FR/Maize, Kan.) followed with a RBI single to the infield.

Sterling went quickly in the top of the fifth as the teams completed the game in barely over an hour (1:06) with the Coyotes winning 10-2.

Heins went the distance, allowing two runs on three hits with five strikeouts needing only 51 pitches to complete her outing. Moon was the only player to have multiple hits as she went 3-for-3 in the game while seven other players had one hit. Szoboscan drove in two runs for the Coyotes.

Wesleyan is back in action on Saturday, heading to McPherson to take on the McPherson Bulldogs at noon at Wall Park. The Coyotes do not return home until April 12 when they host Saint Mary.

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