SALINA, Kan. – The 2012 Sterling College Warrior baseball team has set the regular season wins record at 37 and has tied the single season wins record with a two game road sweep of Kansas Wesleyan University. SC surpassed the previous regular season record of 35 wins with a 13-3 and 12-1 thrashing of the Coyotes, putting Sterling in a position to win a KCAC Championship.
At the end of this weekend's KCAC action, Sterling trails Tabor College by two games for the KCAC Championship. The Warriors will take on Tabor in a four game series this week. Sterling needs three wins to guarantee a share of the title and the top seed in the KCAC Championship Tournament.
Sterling's offense exploded on Saturday against the Coyotes. In the first game, the offense was led by senior second baseman Stephen Rodgers. At the plate in game one, Rodgers went two for three with two grand slams, accounting for eight Warrior runs in the 13-3 victory.
Matthew Krause also went yard in the first game for Sterling, hitting a two run homerun in the top of the second inning.
Daniel Cloteaux (9-1, 2.15 ERA) earned the win for Sterling, pitching a complete game 7.0 innings and giving up three runs on seven hits while striking out four.
The Warrior bats did not cool off in the second game as Sterling scored 12 runs on 22 hits. Chase Daniel went five of five from the plate in the second game with three RBI's. Daniel Hall went three for five with two RBI's, Jared Forbush went three for five with one RBI, and Rodgers went two for four with an RBI.
Tyler Deutscher (6-0, 1.83 ERA) was lights out for Sterling in the victory. Deutscher pitched a complete 7.0 innings, giving up only four hits and one unearned run while striking out seven batters in the winning effort.
Kansas Wesleyan threw their ace, Matt Royal in the second game. Royal was not able to get out of the second inning, facing five batters without recording an out in the second. In the losing effort Royal was lit up for seven runs on 11 hits.
After the series, Sterling is 37-11, 18-6 in the KCAC. Sterling will face Tabor College next week to decide this year's KCAC Regular Season Championship. Sterling needs to win three of four to earn a share of the title, four of four to win the title outright. If Sterling were to win three of four, the Warriors would be the top seed in the KCAC Championship Tournament.