It turned out to be a perfect day for the College of Idaho baseball team, just don’t mention the cold and cloudy weather.
After going 2-2 in Arizona last week, Coyotes coach Shawn Humberger set some goals for his team heading into the team’s home-opening doubleheader against Whitman.
Get runners on base with less than two outs. Check.
Limit walks to the opponent. Check.
Have freshman catcher Cameron Packham take a more commanding role of the defense. Check.
“More than anything, we’re not even talking about who we’re playing or what’s going on with that, we set some game goals and we accomplished them and that was great,” said Humberger, whose Coyotes cruised to 16-3 and 9-0 wins to improve to 4-2 on the season.
Jesse Dodd was one of the Coyotes who enjoyed a big day, as he went 6-for-7 with three doubles and three RBIs in the twinbill.
“I think we stayed disciplined, that’s the obvious answer, but we just really stayed disciplined,” he said of the team’s offense, which scored in nine of the their 16 at-bats. “Sometimes we get out of ourselves and try to hit the ball better than good, which is something they teach us not to do all the time, just hit the ball good, don’t hit it better than good, and so I think we did that well today.”
That approach may have led to accomplishing the first goal, as the Yotes put runners on base with less than two outs in 11 frames on the day.
The first came in the bottom of the first inning of the opener, after Whitman’s brief highlight — the Missionaries (0-2) got back-to-back singles to start the game and an Aaron Cohen sacrifice fly for a quick 1-0 lead.
Back came the C of I with Tanner Hodges’ two-run double putting the Coyotes in front for good, part of a three-run first inning.
Zachary Fabricius added a two-run double in the third, as the Yotes pushed the lead to 5-1, then Dodd had an RBI double in the fourth as the C of I racked up eight doubles and a 10-1 lead, then cruised to the first win.
In the nightcap, it was more of the same, with Izaac Garsez igniting the attack with his school-record 19th career triple to lead off the fourth.
He scored on a Jarel Lewis sac fly, for the 1-0 lead, then Dodd tacked on his third double, driving in a run, part of a nine-run, three-inning surge.
Chad Yeggy and Joshua Orr took advantage on the hill, each earning a win. Yeggy (2-0) struck out three in seven innings without a walk, and Orr (2-0) fanned five in six scoreless frames.
The C of I bullpen combined for five shutout innings, striking out seven, walking three and allowing one hit.