The Coyotes took a sweeping loss in their double header against the UC San Diego Tritons on Saturday April 27 at Fiscalini Field.
The Coyotes and the Tritons split earlier games on Thursday and Friday in La Jolla, with UCSD winning 7-3 and the Coyotes winning 4-2.
The Yotes struggled defensively and lost game one on Saturday with a final score, 4-11.
However, Aaron Beckley had two RBI’s, one on a walk in the second inning and the other singled to right field, in the fourth inning.
Furthermore, they made two runs, as Jake Pilkerton hit two singles and Curtis Cassise and Michael Castello each had an RBI, tying the game in the second inning 2-2.
But after seven errors from the Coyotes, the Tritons were on a roll gaining two more runs.
In the seventh inning, Triton junior Nick La Face, hit his fourth home run of the year.
Coyote pitcher Ruben Rios threw four innings with three strikeouts and two walks.
In the bottom of the ninth Cassise closed the game by singling to right field, bringing in Tyler Staab to score the Coyotes last run of the game losing 11-4.
Coyote baseball followers should realize that baseball like any other sport, not only requires athleticism, but concentration, patience, and most of all, teamwork.
“I know that the teamwork was there the whole day, though at times [it] did get frustrating when things were not going our way. But as baseball players we know that the nature of the game is things don’t always go perfectly,” said Staab.
He continued, “The biggest thing I feel that we could work on is getting the game back under control once they get out of hand. Just focusing on the task at hand and not on the mistakes. Baseball is a game of failure, learning from your mistakes and forgetting them is something all baseball players need to remember.”
The Coyotes took another loss on Saturday ending the game with a final score of 5-16.
The Tritons had 16 runs on 17 hits in game two which was a season high for the Tritons. Furthermore, UCSD players, Nick La Face, Scott, Liske and Justin Rahn all hit home runs.
The Tritons scored four runs early in the first inning and gained more in the fourth and sixth.
Furthermore, during the fourth, Billy Hamilton scored a run off of an error by Titant’s first baseman and later gained two more runs as Staab doubled to the right center, scoring Josh Herrera and Trevor McMaster.
In the bottom of the fourth, Cassie singled to the right center, scoring Staab which turned out to be their last run of the game.
The Triton’s scored an additional five more runs leaving the field with a solid win 11-4.
“We always keep fighting, we never let our record decide the way we went about the game and how we played,” said Staab.
In other words Staab believes that a teams record isn’t an accurate portrayal of their effort.
After their encounter with the Tritons the Coyotes fell to 16-28 overall and 10-26 in the CCAA.