By Lauren Jennings |Sports Editor|
The Coyote baseball team took on the Cal State San Marcos Cougars March 4 and 5, winning three games in the four game series.
The first game of the series took place on March 4 in the late morning and was the Coyotes only loss.
Tyler Wells, the game one starting pitcher, threw six strong innings; only allowing one run on five hits.
The one run would be his undoing, however, as the Coyotes were not able to back him up with any runs.
“I thought [my] overall performance was good was good to keep us in the game. We got a lot of great hitters on the team, they just didn’t show up today,” said Wells.
The second game of the series was later that same afternoon, but a better outcome for the Coyotes.
Right fielder Daniel Romo, was the driving force the Coyotes needed as he produced both runs in the 2-0 shutout over the Cougars.
Romo drove in first basemen, Brian Lockey, on an RBI groundout to score the first run in the bottom of the second.
Romo later hit a solo home run, his first of the season, bringing in the second run of the game.
When asked how it felt to hit his first home run of the season, Romo said, “It felt really good. I wasn’t expecting it honestly.”
“I just want to help out the team. Good things happen when you swing the bat,” Romo continued.
Left-handed pitcher Don Sullivan earned the game two win, throwing a nine inning shutout, while only allowing six hits.
When asked how he felt about his stellar outing, Sullivan said, “I felt like I was commanding the zone with my strikes.”
“My defense backed me up so it felt really good; better than ever,” Sullivan concluded.
Sullivan earned the title of CCAA Baseball Pitcher of the week for his outing.
The game nearly took a turn in favor of the Cougars in the seventh, but shortstop Will Ouellette turned two run saving double plays.
“Don worked his butt off all game, so [with] him continuing to pound the strike zone and get after it, I knew he was gonna get a double play for us,” said Ouellette.
“I couldn’t have been happier with the result with that play and we got the win, so I’m happy,” finished Ouellette.
Game three took place the next morning on March 5 in San Marcos.
The Coyotes won the game 8-6, scoring three runs in the first inning and not looking back.
First baseman Brian Lockey drove in Edmonds with a single to center in the top of the third, making the score 4-0 in favor of the Coyotes.
The Coyotes then scored four more runs in the top of the ninth.
The Cougars fought back in the bottom of the ninth, scoring five runs, but it would not be enough for them as the Coyotes took the win.
Brian Conley earned the win after going seven and two-thirds of an inning and allowing just one run on six hits.
The final game of the four game series took place during the afternoon of March 5.
The Coyotes came out on top with a final score of 11-5.
The Coyotes scored all eleven of their runs in the first four innings, scoring one in the first and two each in the second and third. Six runs were scored in the top of the fourth.
Right-handed relief pitcher Cory Peterson earned the game four win.