The No. 22 ranked Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes opened their series with the Avila Eagles on Friday at the Zarda Multisport Complex with a 20-9 win.
The Coyotes also set a new school record for homeruns in a season, eclipsing the 100-homer plateau for the first time in school history, now with 103 for the season, breaking last season's school record mark of 96.
Wesleyan clubbed seven over the fence in Friday's contest, including two by Zach Olson (JR/Red Deer, Alberta).
After a quiet first inning, the Coyotes got on the board in the second when Jarrett Gable (SR/Colleyville, Texas) doubled and then scored on Kevin Esquilin-Cruz (SR/Trujilo Alto, Puerto Rico)'s homer.
Zack Beatty (JR/Maple Park, Ill.) homered for the Coyotes in the third, a 3-run shot, putting the Coyotes up 5-0. Avila got three back in the bottom of the inning.
William Dryburgh (SR/St. Joseph, Mo.) hit a 3-tun homer in the fourth inning for the Coyotes, only to see Avila respond with three in the bottom half of its inning.
The Coyotes broke it open in the fifth with five runs. Olson hit a 2-run homer after Esquilin-Cruz reached on a single, and Jackson Newman (JR/Bixby, Okla.) followed with a solo homer. Dryburgh doubled, Kendall Foster (SR/Prosper, Texs) was hit by a pitch, and so was Sipe. Haydn Brown (SR/Gardnerville, Nev.) followed with a 2-run single.
Olson's second homer of the game accounted for KWU's only sixth inning run, but the Coyotes added two more in the seventh on Sipe's 2-run blast.
Avila got two back in the bottom of the inning, but the Coyotes pushed the game into run-rule territory in the eighth with four runs. Esquilin-Cruz tripled, Olson was hit, Newman drove in a run with a double, Dryburgh followed with a RBI single, Foster drove in a run on a sacrifice fly and Sipe drove in a run with a single.
A couple players nearly hit for the cycle for the Coyotes as Esquilin-Cruz needed a double and Dryburgh a triple to complete the feat.
Tyler Triano (SR/Hollister, Calif.) went five on the mound for the Coyotes, striking out five.
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