It took 11 innings of shutout ball to do it, but the Okanagan Coyotes finally dealt the red-hot Thompson Rivers University WolfPack their first loss of the season in game two of yesterday's doubleheader.
A wild pitch from TRU's Cole Paquin in extras led to the only run of the game, as the WolfPack stuck out 13 times and left five men on in the 1-0 loss.
Without a single run of support, Tyler Moskalyk left the game with a no-decision after his best outing of the season. The WolfPack's ace allowed just three hits over 10 innings, fanning 13 batters while walking just one.
Relief pitcher Trevor Brigden got the win for Okanagan, notching four strikeouts in 2.1 innings.
Just a few hours earlier, the WolfPack's batters couldn't be stopped, driving in eight runs to notch their ninth win of the year in an 8-4 victory.
Liam Rihela got things started with a two-run home in the bottom of the first. Then, TRU got four more runs in the bottom of the third without notching a hit, as both Nic Taylor and Gavin Barrett battled control issues for the Coyotes. Taylor Van Ham and Malik James would drive in two more runs in the fourth.
On the mound, Tyler Hodder pitched a complete game, allowing four runs (two earned), striking out 11 and walking three.
With a 9-1 record, the WolfPack have a two-game lead over Okanagan for tops in the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Conference through 10 games. This pair will play again on Sunday (April 7) at 4 and 7 p.m. in Kelowna.
TRU's next home game is against the Coyotes on Wednesday, April 17.