Coyote baseball parts ways with his friends

KWU Athletics

WICHITA — After losing Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader to the Friends Falcons 14-6, the Coyotes rallied for a 9-0 victory in Game 2 to salvage a split at West Side Athletic Field.

Branden Voytko (JR/El Paso, TX) and KT Gearlds (JR/Ingram, TX) combined for the 4-hit shutout in Game 2 as the Coyote Bats came to life.

Jarrett Gable (JR/Colleyville, TX) hit a 2-run homer in the second inning to put the Coyotes on the board, and Haydn Brown (SR/Gardnerville, NV) followed with a 2-run shot in the third to make it is 4-0.

Wesleyan got two more in fifth. After Brown started with a walk, Kevin Esquilin Cruz (JR/Trujilo Alto, Puerto Rico) tripled, then Robbie Keener (FR/Abilene, Kan.) brought Equilin Cruz back in singles.

The Coyotes added three more in the seventh. Dustin Sipe (JR/Aztec, NM) was hit by a pitch to start the inning and then scored on Keener’s field. Gable then hit his second 2-run homer of the game to give the Coyotes a 9-0 lead.

Gable had three of KWU’s 10 hits in the game and drove in four. Diego Fisher (JR/Hollister, Calif.) and Esquilin Cruz each had two hits. Keener and Brown drove two each.

Voytko struck out seven in five and a third innings, allowing three hits. Gearlds closed it by pitching an inning and two-thirds, allowing a hit with one strikeout.

Things didn’t go KWU’s way in the first game.

Sipe gave Wesleyan a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a 2-run homer, but Friends scored eight late in the second to take control.

Both teams added a run in the fourth inning as Keener hit home Sipe who led the frame with a brace and the Coyotes added two more in the fifth as Brown had an RBI brace to score William Dryburgh (SR/ St. Joseph, Mo.) then scored on a wild pitch.

The Friends scored five goals in the bottom of the seventh and the Coyotes couldn’t rally.

Fisher hit an RBI single in the top of the ninth to tag Brown, who scored a single to start the inning.

Brown had three hits for the Coyotes, while Dryburgh, Sipe and Fisher had two apiece as the front four in the lineup had nine of KWU’s 11 hits. Trent Dewyer (JR/Albuquerque, NM) suffered the loss on the hill.

The third decisive game of the series will take place Sunday at noon in Wichita.

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