Cougars Win 3 Out of 4 In Final Home Stand

Cougars Win 3 Out of 4 In Final Home Stand
After playing on the road for a month, the Cougars hosted the Apaches of Tyler Junior College on Thursday evening. Two weeks prior to the matchup on May 3rd, Coastal Bend traveled to Tyler to begin the seven game series to see who would claim the Region XIV Division III title and the top seed in the NJCAA District C Championships. The Cougars fought hard in those first three games but came up short and faced an uphill battle at home. 
Game One:
Michael Dinsdale would get the ball rolling for Coastal Bend with the start. Dinsdale would make the Apaches go three up, three down in each of the first two innings. After walking a batter in the third inning, Dinsdale would get back in his groove & end the top half of the inning with a strikeout.  Tyler Dick would be the first Cougar to reach base safely with an infield single. After a fly-out to left field, Cody Lee came up to the dish & wasted no time in th batters box as he crushed the first pitch he saw over the left field wall to put the Cougars up 2-0. 
After allowing two hits to lead things off for TJC, Dinsdale and company were able to pull off a double play. A walk to the next batter would put runners on the corners for the Apaches, but Jordan Gochenour would make a clutch play as he slid into a slow dribbler between second and first, popping up and making the throw to end the inning.  Tyler Dick would draw a walk to reach first, but would be left stranded on second base at the bottom of the fourth inning.  Dinsdale and the Cougars would get into a bit of a jam with two outs & the bases loaded. Joel Rodriguez would track down the fly ball hit to shallow centerfield & throw a laser to home plate for the last out of the top of the fifth inning.  

Gochenour would come to the plate after two Cougar outs & hit a solo homer over the left field to put Coastal Bend up 3-0. Dinsdale would give way to Colton Getshmann after five and one third innings of work, as CBC faced Apache runners on first & second base with one out. Getschmann would end up walking the first batter he faced to load the bases. Following a full count on the next batter, Getschmann got the third strike to record the second out of the inning. After facing another full count, Getschmann again would get the third strike to end the sixth inning leaving all 3 Apaches on base.  
Cody Lee would hit a double to start the Cougars off in the bottom of the 7th. Mitchell Sexton bunted to the pitcher and would get hit by the throw at first as it ricocheted to the foul territory. Lee would score and Sexton advanced to second base off the error. During the next at bat, a balk would move Sexton to third base as he would be 90 feet closer to home then score on a wild pitch as the Cougars would lead 5-1 with no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Following a strikeout and a pop out, Gochenour would hit an infield single. After a wild pitch, Gochenour would advance to second base. Ruben Sepulveda hit a high pop up in the infield and thanks to some Appachee miscommunication would find himself safe at first, while Gochenour scored to extend the Cougar lead to 6-1. 
Getschmann and company would find themselves in some trouble, but would get out of the top of the eight inning unharmed.  Getschmann would then retire two Apaches before allowing a hit would bring to an end to the Goliad native's strong, resilient outing. Jacob Williamson would enter the game to relieve Getschmann. After allowing a hit to load the bases, Williamson would strikeout the next batter to end the game.   The Cougars would win the game 6-1. Dinsdale earned his fifth victory on the year for Coastal Bend. 
Game Two:
Despite the doubleheader being bumped up two hours due to rain in the forecast, it was a typical hot, sunny day at the time of the first pitch of the game.  Ruben Sepulveda would get the ball for the first game of the double dip. For the first inning, Sepulveda would give up a hit to the first batter he faced, but settled with a fly out, a strikeout and a ground out to end the inning, leaving the lead off man for the Apaches on base.
Joel Rodriguez would lead the Cougars off with a single over the shortstop into shallow left center field. Josh Burnett would move over Rodriguez to second base with a sacrifice bunt. Jordan Gochenour would hit a deep fly ball into right center field for an out, but Rodriguez would tag up and advance to third base. Sepulveda hit a base knock into shallow centerfield to score Rodriguez to break up the 0-0 tie. A strikeout would end the inning for the Cougars. Sepulveda would make quick, efficient work of the Apache batters, retiring them in order for the top of the second inning.  Tyler Junior College would only allow Kyler Bumstead to get a hit as TJC managed to strikeout the Cougar batters for the bottom of the second inning.
Sepulveda made quick work of the first two batters he faced in the third inning by getting them to fly out and ground out. The next Apache batter would reach base by hitting a single up the middle. The next batter would hit an infield single to beat out the play at first, advancing the previous runner to third base. A hit to shallow center would score the Apache runner from third to tie up the game at 1-1. A slow comback dribbler would allow Sepulveda to end the inning. 
After a quick 1,2,3 inning for CBC in the bottom of the third inning, Sepulveda again would get the first two batters out quickly with two fly balls. Consecutive singles from the Apaches would reach base safely, but eventually be left stranded due to a ground out to end the top half of the inning.  As the game moved to the top of the fifth inning, Sepulveda and the rest of the Cougars had trouble getting the last out. After a Walk to the opposing hitter, the next TJC batter would hit a triple to score the runner at first to take a 2-1 lead. Sepulveda and company would end the inning with an infield ground out. 
Rodriguez would hit a single up the middle with two outs for Josh Burnett. Burnett faced a 1-1 count and crushed the next pitch he saw over the left field fence to take a 3-2 lead over TJC. The next batter for CBC would get called out on strikes to end the two out rally in the bottom of the fifth inning.  Sepulveda took care of the first two outs in the top of the sixth inning before giving up a hbp and a walk. Mason Foster would enter the game for the Cougars to relieve Sepulveda. The Apaches would tie up the game at 3-3 after back to back walks from Foster. Jacob Williamson entered the game to replace Foster on the mound. 
Tyler loaded the bases & CBC bullpen gave up three consecutive walks for the Apaches to gain a 4-3 lead. Moving on to the bottom of the 7th inning, Kyler Bumstead lead the Cougars off with a hit. Mitchell Sexton would lay down a sacrifice bunt to advance Bumstead to second base. The Cougars would not be able to bring in Bumstead for the potential game tying run, as the next CBC batters would fly out to left field & ground out.  Coastal Bend lost the game 4-3, its chance at the Regional XIV Division III Championship, and the top seed in the upcoming District C Tour and the series 4 games to 1. 
Game Three:
For the second game of the doubleheader, The Cougars would go with Marco Becerril on the mound. Becerill would pitch five strong, effective innings for CBC only allowing one run in the fourth inning.  The Cougars struck first in the home half of the first inning when Joel Rodriguez would score a run from second base by switching places with Josh Burnett, after he hit a double to down the line.  Adrian Pena increased the CBC lead by scoring off a single from Mitchell Sexton. Sexton's RBI would turnout to be the game winner.
Coastal Bend end up prevailing in the end, winning by a score of 2-1. Becerril would be credited with the his NJCAA Division III leading, 9th win on the season. Mason Foster would earn his 6th Save on the year, which leads all of NJCAA Division III. In the victory, CBC Baseball program set a new record for wins in a season, with 33. 
Game Four:
On a Saturday afternoon, Coastal Bend College Cougars and the Apaches from Tyler Junior College would play the last game of the four game home series at Joe Hunter Field. 
CBC Head Coach Brian Bauerle & staff would go with Tyler Dick on the bump. Dick and company would fend off the Apaches for the first four innings. The Cougars bats were able to break up the no hitter in the bottom of the forth inning with a lead off double From Jordan Gochenour. Gochenour would advance to third base with a single From Ruben Sepulveda. Bo Gonzales hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Gochenour and break up the scoreless game. The Cougars would ground out in the next at bat for a double play to end the bottom of the fourth inning.
During the top of the fifth inning, CBC would load the bases for TJC. Fortunately for the Cougars, they would only allow one Apache run to cross the plate to tie the game at 1-1 before getting out of the jam. With two outs away in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Cougars would rally off a wild pitch strikeout, as Sexton reached first base safely. After a passed ball, Sexton advanced to scoring position during Joel Rodriguez plate appearance. Rodriguez shredded a pitch down the third base line beyond the reach of the Apache third baseman. Sexton ended up scoring, as the Cougars regained the lead 2-1. CBC would fly out to end the two out rally. 
Will Lennon would come into the game to relieve Dick from the mound. Lennon was efficient, as he retired the Apache batters in order.  Moving ahead to the top of the seventh inning, Lennon managed to get one out, but Ethan Summers entered the game to pitch for CBC after Lennon hit an Apache hitter and giving up a single. After hitting a single to load the bases, the Apaches would hit a double to score two runs and take a 3-2 lead. After a spectacular catch from Rodriguez in centerfield for the second out, the Cougars would leave two Apaches on base with a groundout to end the top half of the seventh inning. 
CBC Catcher, Jason Ingersoll would lead-off for the Cougars with a double, after lacing a ball to the left centerfield gap. Kyler Bumstead hit a pitch to the Apache third baseman but could not handle the ball and would be safe at first base. Following a infield pop up for the first out, Rodriguez would hit a single in between the first and second baseman to load the bases. Josh Burnett would hit a blooper into shallow right field to score two Cougar runs and retake the lead, 4-3. With runners on second and third base for CBC, following a stolen base from Burnett, Jordan Gochenour laced a ball into the right centerfield gap to extend the lead for CBC. The score now,  6-3 Ruben Sepulveda would come to the plate and hit a ball up the middle for a single and move Gochenour to third. A wild pitch ended up scoring Gochenour and Sepulveda advanced to third base. Following a strike three error on the Apache Catcher, Bo Gonzales would reach first base safely. ‪Jared Irvine would hit a single up the middle to collect two RBI's for CBC extending the lead 9-3, Cougars. Following two consecutive walks for Bumstead and Sexton, the bases would be loaded again, the Cougars would strikeout to end the seven run inning in the bottom of the seventh. 
Left handed pitcher, Haden Borden entered the game for CBC in the top of the eighth inning. Only allowing one hit in the inning, Borden was able to strikeout an Apache and get two other batters to fly out to right field. After taking a pitch, Burnett would hit a lead-off solo bomb for the Cougars in the bottom of the eight inning to complete the Cougars scoring on the day.   Anthony Munoz made his appearance in the top of the ninth for CBC. Munoz and company would be able to get two Apaches out but not before having an opposing batter score off an error. Garrison Lange entered the game to get the last out for the Cougars with a pop fly to left center field.  Cougar would win the final game of the regular season by a score of 10-4. Ethan Summers earned his second victory on the season for CBC. Coastal Bend, with the victory, added to the most win's in the baseball's program history with 34.
CBC Baseball season is far from complete as they will be competing in the NJCAA Division III District C Tournament May 17th-20th in Plano, Texas.  Their first game versus NJCAA Division III #5 Eastfield College is set for Thursday the 17th at 9:00 AM.