Bulldogs nab fifth straight behind a doubleheader sweep of Huntington, 4-2 & 4-2
The Concordia University, Nebraska, baseball continued to roll by sweeping a doubleheader from Huntington University on Friday, March 16. With one game remaining in the RussMatt Invitational, the Bulldogs have a 6-1 record on the trip to Florida.
Following Friday's action, the Bulldogs are in the midst of a season-high five-game winning streak and have moved to 12-9 this season. Huntington University, meanwhile, fell to 4-9.
Game One: Concordia 4, Huntington 2
The Bulldogs fell behind 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning, but got back on track in the top of the third with two runs on two hits and an error.
Junior Ray Finley (Tucson, Ariz.) led off the third with a single to left, then courtesy runner sophomore Joe Brandenburg (Waconia, Minn.) moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Kyle Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.). Two batters later, freshman Andrew Yerrell (Santa Fe, Texas) lifted an RBI single to right to tie the game at 1-1. The next batter, senior Brandon Pflug (Ft. Morgan, Colo.) reached on an error, allowing senior Martin Rodriguez (Tucson, Ariz.) to score and give Concordia the lead. Rodriguez had reached base on a fielder's choice.
Huntington quickly tied the game at 2-2 with a run in the bottom of the third and it stayed that way until the top of the sixth.
Once more the Bulldogs got a lift from Finley as he doubled into left-center. Brandenburg came on again, then Ivanoff moved him to third with a sac bunt down the first base line. Senior Zak Goodrich (Lutz, Fla.) drew a walk, then stole second to put two Bulldogs in scoring position. Finally, Rodriguez connected for a two-run single to provide the eventual game-winning runs.
Senior Steven Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.) earned the victory (3-2), limiting Huntington to two runs (one earned) on seven hits over seven innings. Huntington's Xyan Adkisson took the loss (2-1), giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits and three walks in 5.1 innings.
Game Two: Concordia 4, Huntington 2
The Bulldogs found themselves down 1-0 after the first inning a second time, but rallied with a run in the third and three in the fifth to sweep the doubleheader.
Ivanoff scored Concordia's first run in the third after getting hit by a pitch. He went to second on a sacrifice by freshman Sean McCartney (Greeley, Colo.), then went to third on an infield single by senior Josh Nance (Brighton, Colo.). Goodrich plated Ivanoff on a double down the right field line to make it 1-1.
In the fifth it was Ivanoff that gave the Bulldogs the lead with a sacrifice fly. Junior Ray Finley (Tucson, Ariz.) followed with a two-run double into right-center to provide insurance for Concordia.
Junior Jeremiah Luber (Waverly, Neb.) earned the victory (1-0) working a scoreless fifth out of the pen, while senior Josh Anderson (Westminster, Colo.) allowed one run on three hits in the seventh to earn his third save of the season.
Huntington's Blake Hohlbein suffered the loss (0-1), allowing three runs on two hits and two walks in 2.1 innings of relief work.
Concordia wraps up play in the RussMatt Baseball Invitational in Florida on Saturday, March 17 in a single contest against Northwood University at 12 pm.
16 March 2012