By Willis Torres |Staff Writer|
Coyote baseball played their last four games in Lancaster, Calif. where they took three out of four wins against both the University of British Columbia (UBC) and California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA).
The first game against UBC’s Thunderbirds, Coyotes dominated with senior Andrew Lopez hitting a home run to left field in the sixth inning. This brought in three runs against the Thunderbirds.
The final score was 4-13 Coyotes.
Two days later, the Coyotes played UBC again but came up short for the win with the final score 2-8 UBC.
Infielder Dylan Lohman, who earned four RBI’s and a triple against the Thunderbirds, was asked if he had approached the game differently in order to drive in the four runs he brought.
“I slowed things down and let the game come to me. I felt like I was rushing things a lot and felt good to help the team out to a couple of W’s this weekend,” said Lohman.
Coyotes then battled it out with CSULA where they took both wins against the Golden Eagles.
Starting things off during the first inning was outfielder/pitcher Austin Lundeen who hit a home run to right field earning two RBI’s.
That was followed by outfielder Damion Edmonds in the fifth with a single to right field earning one RBI, then finally, catcher/first baseman Brian Lockey singled to shortstop earning the Coyotes their final run.
Pitcher Tyler Wells took control on the mound, earning his first win.
“Getting my first win really isn’t a big deal, the team wins is more important,” said Wells.
“I go out there and I compete every time that I get the chance [I] didn’t have my best stuff against Cal State LA and I had my team back me up so it was good to get a team win,” added Wells.
The final score for the first game against the Golden Eagles was 2-4 Coyotes.
The second game against the Golden Eagles was another win for the Coyotes with a final score of 2-3.
During the fourth inning, senior Andrew Lopez singled to right field earning one RBI, only to be tagged out at second base, but it left Lohman open to steal home and score another run.
Pitcher Don Sullivan got the win on the mound, Sullivan’s current record is 3-1 with 15 strikeouts since the beginning of the season.
On Feb. 23, the Coyotes took on the Suwon KT Wiz, a Korean national team, as part of an exhibition game.
The Coyotes lost with the final score of 12-4 after leading 3-1 in the first half of the game.
After the game, Coach Martinez was asked what different strategies KT Wiz brought to the field that other teams have not.
“Professional baseball. They’re from the KBL [Korean Baseball League], little bit different style not a lot of emphasis on the small game like college baseball has, especially on the west coast,” said Martinez.
KT Wiz was not the average team to play against since in Korea they are considered a professional baseball team.
We asked shortstop/pitcher William Ouellette how the KT Wiz compared to other teams,
“It’s definitely different but it’s a unique experience because you get to face professional hitters, professional pitching, it’s something I enjoy,” said Ouellette.
Coyotes return to San Bernardino on March 4 and 6 to play Cal State San Marcos.