Warrior Baseball Loses in Semi-Final

Release Date: 
May 6, 2011

Hutchinson, Kan. - Coyote head coach and KCAC Coach of the Year Mark Carvalho earned his 300th win, as top seeded Kansas Wesleyan University defeated second seeded Sterling College, 6-2, in game six of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference postseason baseball tournament at Hobart-Detter Field on Thursday.

The win propels Kansas Wesleyan (28-24) to the championship game for the third straight season, while Sterling (33-15) falls into the loser's bracket. The Warriors will play again at 7 p.m. in a first round rematch against No. 3 Tabor College. The winner advances to the title game against the Coyotes at 3 p.m. on Friday.

Royal (10-2) pitched a complete game to earn the victory. He allowed two runs (two earned) on five hits, while striking out three and walking two.

As a team, Kansas Wesleyan scored its six runs on five hits, including a three-run home run by designated Zach Willand.

The Coyotes took control of the contest early, as Sterling starter Danny Valenzuela struggled with his control and a Warrior dropped fly ball led to a pair of Kansas Wesleyan runs, 2-0.

Both sides pitching staffs cruised from that point, until Willand sent the first pitch of his at-bat over the right field