Coyote baseball team defeats Dakota Wesleyan, Briar Cliff

Coyote baseball team defeats Dakota Wesleyan, Briar Cliff The South Dakota baseball team has a record of 13-4 after going 2-1 last week.

The Coyotes, who hosted Northern State Tuesday at Prentis Park, rolled to a 13-1 win over Briar Cliff on Sunday. Friday in Vermillion, USD defeated Dakota Wesleyan, 5-4. The Coyotes fell to Iowa State last Wednesday in Ames, IA, 6-0.

The Coyotes banged out 17 hits against Briar Cliff with the final hit being a run-scoring single by Darold DeBolt that drove in Kyle Thousand with one out in the bottom of the eighth that ended the game based on the 12-run rule. Josh Kuecker was the winning pitcher as he improved his season record to 5-1 by going seven innings allowing only three hits. John Brunswold hurled the eighth inning for USD.

In the sixth, the Coyotes collected seven hits with 13 batters going to the plate. Thousand and Don Busi fueled the uprising with a two-run double and a two-run single, respectively.

Kuecker led the Coyotes at the plate going 3-for-3 with three RBIs. He belted a two-run homer to center against a strong wind in the first inning, along with a double in the third and a single in the sixth.

Kuecker, who also walked twice, leads USD in home runs (five), runs batted in (22) and batting average (.509). Thousand connected for a pair of doubles, while Jeff Snell was 3-for-5 with two singles and a double and he finished with two RBIs. Dustin Moore notched two singles in five trips to the plate.

In the Dakota Wesleyan game, South Dakota grabbed a 4-1 margin with three runs on two hits in the fifth. With one out, Moore singled and Nathan Dunlap drew a walk. Kuecker drove in both runners with a double and he later scored on a wild pitch.

After Dakota Wesleyan tied the game, 4-4, in the top of the eighth, the Coyotes scored what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the eighth when John Brunswold led-off with a double and scored on a double by Moore.

Brunswold picked up the win for the Coyotes. USD finished with 10 hits led by Moore and Leonard Rau with each notching a single and a double. Mike Miller added two singles.

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