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TRU WolfPack exit baseball tournament in semi-final

Despite 10 hits, the team could only bring a pair of runners home
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Tyler Hodder (pictured in an April 25 game) was today's starting pitcher. (via Andrew Snucins/TRU)

A lack of offence spelled the end of the TRU WolfPack's tournament this weekend.

The team made it to the semi-finals today against the Okanagan Coyotes, but fell 5-2, despite having runners on base over a dozen times, including loading the bases in both the sixth and seventh inning. Despite the baserunners, the TRU offence consistently stumbled.

The Coyotes opened the scoring in the second with a pair of runs, the only earned runs off 'Pack starter Tyler Hodder, who went seven-plus innings. The WolfPack replied in the third with one run. However, in the fifth, the Coyotes were able to bring two unearned runs home due to an error. The 'Pack scored an unearned run in the sixth, their last of the day, despite putting players in scoring position every inning afterwards. They ended the game with only two runs, despite 10 hits and five walks.

Pitcher Tyler Hodder was able to keep the WolfPack close for the majority of the game, going more than seven innings with only two earned runs. Dillon Ferguson came in as relief in the eighth, giving up one earned run.

Ferguson's one earned run against came in an odd play at the end of the top of the ninth. With one man on, two out and the score 4-2, Coyote Brandon Graham hit a home run. However, only one run was counted and the third out was called after the umpire noticed one of the Coyotes missed touching a base while heading home, meaning only one run was scored, one man was called out and the inning ended.

The Coyotes' win sends them to the final of the CCBC Championship Tournament this afternoon at Norbrock Stadium against the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades.

The Coyotes had already beat the WolfPack earlier in this tournament — a 3-0 game Friday evening.