Coyote baseball earns doubleheader split at Regis

Coyote baseball earns doubleheader split at Regis The South Dakota baseball team opened its 2004 season Sunday with a doubleheader split against Regis University in Denver, CO. The Coyotes took game one 10-8, before falling in the second game, 4-2.

In the opener, USD trailed 6-1 after four innings of play, but a seven-run fifth inning gave the Coyotes an 8-6 lead. Regis responded though with two runs in the bottom half of the frame to tie the game up at 8-8.

In the top of the sixth, junior Robin Chute (Chelsea, IA) led off with a double to left-centerfield to move into scoring position. Two batters later, senior Bryan Hohenthaner (Sioux Falls) gave the Coyotes the lead for good with a two-run homer over the left-field fence.

With a two-run, 10-8 lead, junior Brian Kungl (Anaheim, CA) entered the game in the bottom of the sixth and pitched two perfect innings to record the save. Senior Justin Berg (New Richmond, MN) picked up the victory for USD, pitching 1.1 innings in relief.

Hohenthaner finished the opener going 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore Brian Boyer (Sioux City, IA) also drove in three runs, going 2-for-3, including a two-RBI double in USD's seven-run fifth inning.

Chute, who scored two runs, went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while junior Chris Fielder (Aliso Viejo, CA) went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Juniors John Quade (Sioux City, IA) and Cress Murdock (Lakewood, CA) each drove in a run and went 2-for-4 at the plate.

In game two, South Dakota jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Quade scored on a wild pitch in the top of the third inning. Regis bounced back with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 2-1 lead. USD evened the game back up at 2-2 in the top half of the fourth on a fielder's choice by Fielder, which scored Boyer.

In the bottom of the fifth, Regis scored two runs off of Kungl (0-1) to take a 4-2 lead. Kungl entered the game at the start of the inning in relief of starter Justin Carey, who had five strikeouts in 4.0 innings of work.

After a scoreless sixth inning for the Coyotes, Regis loaded the bases in the bottom half of the inning with no outs before the game was called due to darkness.

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