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WolfPack baseball can't close gap for first place

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Liam Shibata had four hits in eight at bats yesterday against the Okanagan Coyotes. (via TRU Athletics)

The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack couldn't regain the top spot in the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Conference (CCBC), splitting yet another doubleheader with the Okanagan Coyotes last night in Kelowna.

The WolfPack dropped the opening game 8-3, before rallying to take the second 6-4. This was the fourth time this season these teams have met for a doubleheader and each time, both sides left with a victory each.

In the first game, Tyler Hodder took the loss for the WolfPack. The Coyotes Davis Todosichuk smacked a solo home run in Okanagan's first at bat and TRU never recovered from there. In five innings of work, Hodder allowed six earned runs, walked five and struck out five. He gave way to Jack Suhai, who allowed two earned runs of this own.

For the nightcap, Tyler Moskalyk pitched another complete game for TRU, allowing four earned runs, walking three and striking out 14. An RBI single by Malik James in the top of the ninth inning broke open a 4-4 tie. James would later score on a Liam Shibata single and the WolfPack would secure their 20th win of the season.

Shibtata went 3-for-4 in the game with three RBIs. 

With a 20-7 record, the WolfPack sit a half-game back of the Coyotes for first in the conference but Okanagan has four games against the Prarie Baseball Academy Dawgs this weekend

TRU has one more game this year, travelling to Abbotsford to take on the University of Fraser Valley Cascades on Monday to make up for a meeting that was rained out.

The CCBC Championship will be in Kamloops from May 8-12.

 




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