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Ryan Henley hit his first home run of the year on Saturday afternoon.

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February 9, 2013
Chris Baker
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AZUSA, Calif.-- The Cougar baseball team dropped a doubleheader to Cal State San Bernardino, losing 15-5 in game one before losing 8-1 to the Coyotes (5-0) to fall to 1-4 this season. The Cougars’ offense was silent for the majority of the afternoon, scoring one run in three separate innings and getting a three-run output in the bottom of the ninth of game one.

Azusa Pacific registered 12 hits in the opener after Matt Kimmel went 3-for 5 with an RBI and Ryan Henley batted 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs. Henley, who hit a solo home run against the ‘Yotes, extended his season-opening hitting streak to five games, while Kimmel elevated his batting average to .500 (10-for-20) with five hits in the two games. Freshman Danny Martin recorded a pair of hits in the 15-5 loss.

In game one Cal State San Bernardino scored in the first six innings, jumping out to a 14-2 lead with three in the first, one in the second, five in the fourth and another pair of scores in the fifth and sixth. The Coyotes recorded 16 hits in the game, and pushed their edge to 15-2 before Azusa Pacific rallied for three scores in their final inning.

In the frame Henley opened with a double down the line, and Kimmel followed it up with an RBI double to left center. Tyler Putjenter singled through the left side, and Brendan Casey plated Kimmel on a fielder’s choice. Danny Gonzales finalized the scoring with an RBI groundout.

In the nightcap the Cougars struck first, with Kimmel plating Joseph Daris in the first inning. CSUSB fought back with two runs in the top of the second inning on two doubles and a sacrifice fly. The Coyotes pushed their lead to 7-1 in the third with five runs on four hits to put the game out of reach. CSUSB added a safety run in the fourth frame before going on to post its fifth consecutive win this season.

Joe Huthsing and Dusty Sanderson each had hits in the loss, while Nate Namanny struck out two batters and gave up one hit in four innings of relief.

Azusa Pacific will return to the field when it hosts 11th ranked (NAIA) Concordia on Tuesday.