May 03, 2021 7:08 PM

KWU baseball splits with Southwestern; Sitzman stellar

Posted May 03, 2021 7:08 PM
<b>KWU's Kaden Sitzman. </b>Photo courtesy <a href=""></a>
KWU's Kaden Sitzman. Photo courtesy

The special occasion wasn't too big for Kaden Sitzman (SR/McCook, Neb.). 

Given the ball at the start of Kansas Wesleyan's second game against Southwestern on Saturday Sitzman didn't flinch despite everything going on – Senior Day, his last appearance at Dean Evans Stadium and the Coyotes badly needing to win after losing the opener. 

Sitzman responded a with a complete game gem allowing four hits, striking out three and walking two in KWU's 5-1 Kansas Conference victory. Southwestern won the first game 11-0. 

The Coyotes enter Sunday's regular season finale against Moundbuilders tied for third with McPherson at 22-10 in the conference standings – the 22 victories a single-season KWU record for conference wins. Wesleyan and McPherson play at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Great Bend in first round of the six-team KCAC tournament. Both KWU and McPherson are guaranteed either the 3 or 4 seed in the tournament.

Southwestern made things interesting in the seventh inning putting two runners on and one out but Sitzman ended the suspense and the game with a ground out and strikeout. 

"I knew the guys would bounce back going into the next game," said Sitzman, who raised his record to 5-3. "I knew it was my last time out here at Dean, so I just tried to go out and make the most of it." 

Sitzman said his breaking pitches served him well.