The Okanagan College Coyotes had a huge weekend as they swept the four game set against the Vancouver Island University Mariners to move their record to 12-4, and still sit in second place just behind Thompson Rivers University.
In game one, Senior Pitcher Trevor Brigden was almost untouchable as he would take a perfect game into the 7th inning before issuing a walk and a hit. He would end his outing striking out 15 batters in 7 innings allowing 2 runs on one hit. Brigden is now 5-0 with a 1.50 ERA and has 44 strikeouts in 24 innings. In relief, Sophomore Gavin Barret would pitch the last two innings allowing one run on 2 hits. Offensively, Sophomore Trevor Mlait and Freshmen Nolan King and Brendan Luther would all have 3 hits. King would blast his first career college homerun and would have 2 RBI. Senior Jeremy Buckley would also hit his first career college homerun, which Freshman Tyler Monks would also have 2 RBI. OC would have a total of 15 hits in the game and would win by a 10-5 score.
In game two, Luther and King would continue to hit well as they would both go 3 for 4 and Senior Jake Fischer would add two hits as well. Freshman pitcher Nick Lee, would throw 5 solid innings allowing no runs, 4 hits and striking out 5 on his way to earning his first college win. In relief, Freshman Jayden Clayton would throw 2 innings allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and struck out 3 while fellow freshman Nic Taylor would close the door throwing 2 innings allowing just one run on 4 hits and struck out 2. Coyotes would win 9-4.
Game three would see the Coyotes continue to score runs as they would take the game 6-2. Luther, Mlait and Junior Noah Wood-Jolivet would all have 2 hits and Freshman Massimo Peranio would hit a 2-run double. Starting pitcher Sophomore Chris Wyslobocki would have another solid outing going 6.1 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and striking out 7. Sophomore Alex Dawson would take over on the mound going 2.2 innings allowing no runs and just one hit. Dawson has yet to give up a run this season in 13.2 innings. OC would win the game 6-2.
In the final game, OC would look to get the sweep and would send Sophomore Jesse Poniewozik to the mound and he would throw 6 good innings allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits and struck out 6. IN relief, Freshman Brett Reid would throw one inning allowing 2 hits and striking out one and Freshman Austin Brown would finish the game throwing 2 innings allowing no runs and no hits and striking out 5. Offensively, the Coyotes would score 10 runs on 8 hits taking advantage of their opportunities. Fischer would go 2 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI. Buckley and Peranio would also have 2 hits and 2 RBI each. Coyotes would win the game 10-3.
The Coyotes blasted 31 hits in the series scoring 35 runs. The pitching staff continued to have strong outings as they now have 178 strikeouts in 145 innings and have a 2.05 ERA.
Next up for the Coyotes will be 2 games at TRU on Wednesday and then they will travel to Calgary to face the University of Calgary Dinos starting on Friday.