By Kaila Morales |Staff Writer|
The CSUSB Baseball team secured a 5-1 win on April 9 against Cal State Monterey Bay, who are ranked 15th in CCAA baseball.
The Coyotes faced the Otters in a doubleheader, earning a win and a loss on April 9.
Their third match-up, that was supposed to take place April 10, was canceled due to rain.
Game 1 resulted in a 4-1 loss for starting pitcher Tyler Wells, who allowed an unearned run to start things off in the first inning.
Wells allowed a three-run homer in the third to CSUMB’s right fielder Justin Flores.
Wells retired the next nine batters he faced with four strikeouts after he gave up the home run.
In seven innings, he had a total of nine strikeouts while only giving up four hits.
Wells was replaced in the bottom of the eighth inning by right-handed relief pitcher Jordan Kelly.
The Coyotes’ only run was earned in the eighth inning with a leadoff triple by center fielder Damion Edmonds, followed by outfielder Ryan Rich’s RBI ground out to second base.
“When someone’s on base, I look for a pitch I can drive to advance the runners in scoring position,” said Rich.
Infielders Grant Buchanan and Dylan Lohman both earned a single off of CSUMB’s pitcher Gabe Katich, who allowed only one run and earned the win for the Otters in Game 1.
Game 2 had a much better outcome for the Coyotes, who had a 5-1 finish against the Otters.
Left-handed pitcher Don Sullivan was the starting pitcher for Game 2. Sullivan’s performance was outstanding as he gave up only four hits and one run over a total of eight innings.
“When I can go out there confidently knowing that my defense is behind me, and my offense will support myself and the team with runs, it makes it much more easier to do my job and put us in a position to win,” stated Sullivan.
Buchanan singled to right field to drive in William Ouellette, putting the Coyote’s on the board in the first.
The Coyotes then fired things up in the second, scoring three runs all earned, on three hits.
Lohman got things started with a double to left field, followed by Brian Lockey’s RBI single up the middle. Jordan Simon, who scored on a wild pitch, left it to Rich to bring in the third run, taking the lead 4-0 over the Otters.
The following innings were scoreless for the Coyotes, as they were shutdown over the next five innings.
It wasn’t until the eighth inning when Buchanan added another run, giving the Coyotes a 5-1 lead against the Otters.
Buchanan dealt out a double toward the right field line, scoring Rich, who reached on a fielder’s choice.
Buchanan, who had two hits, was thrilled about his overall performance in game two.
“I was confident going into the situation, because I always want to help the team out, and score the guy on base,” said Buchanan.
“The situation was only set up because of my teammates getting on base,” added Buchanan.
Although the Coyotes were not able to have a Game 3 because of the weather, they were happy they left Seaside with a win.