Bulldogs swept by Panthers
The Concordia University, Nebraska, baseball team suffered a doubleheader sweep by York on Tuesday,
April 3. The Panthers took the opener 7-4, then claimed game two, 6-2.
The losses dropped Concordia's record to 17-17 this season, while York moved to 22-14.
Game One: York 7, Concordia 4
After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first, the Concordia bats rose to the challenge in the bottom half of the frame. Senior Zak Goodrich (Lutz, Fla.) got things off to a great start with a leadoff double down the left field line. One out later, walks to juniors Ray Finley (Tucson, Ariz.) and Nolan Schaefer (Lincoln, Neb.) loaded the bases.
Consecutive singles by senior Anthony Flores (Craig, Colo.) and junior Miles Barrow (Yamhill, Ore.) lifted Concordia to a 2-1 lead. With the bases still loaded and only one out, senior Josh Nance (Brighton, Colo.) pushed Concordia's lead to 3-1 on a sacrifice fly.
York answered back with three runs of their own in the second, but the Bulldogs pulled even at 4-4 in the second as freshman catcher Sean McCartney (Greeley, Colo.) led off the inning with a double to right-center. Courtesy runner, senior Martin Rodriguez (Tucson, Ariz.) eventually scampered home from third on a wild pitch.
That, however, was the last of the offense that Concordia could muster.
On the mound it was the epitome of pitching by committee as the Bulldogs used eight pitchers in the first contest. Sophomore Tim Fosmo (Douglas, Wyo.) suffered the loss (0-1) as he gave up two runs on two hits and a walk without recording an out in the fourth inning.
York's Thomas Korn earned the win (2-3) with six innings of work. Korn allowed four runs on nine hits and four walks, while Matt Blaemire picked up his second save of the year with a hitless seventh inning.
Game Two: York 6, Concordia 2
Offensively, the Bulldogs were challenged, managing just two hits in the game. Both Concordia singles came back-to-back in the third resulting in the Bulldogs' first run.
Similar to game one, Concordia used a plethora of pitcher in the second game. Tied 1-1 as the game went into the fourth inning, York collected its first two hits and took advantage of two walks to build a 4-1 lead.
Following an unearned run by Concordia in the fifth, the Panthers added two insurance run in the top of the sixth to secure the win.
Concordia senior Paul Rowlett (Lodgepole, Neb.) took the loss, allowing three runs on two hits and two walks in 0.2 innings.
York's Cody Brumbaugh moved to 3-0 on the season after picking up the win. Brumbaugh limited Concordia to one run on two hits in four innings. Gene Felise worked a perfect seventh to earn his second save of the season.
The Bulldogs return to the diamond on Friday, April 6 as Concordia travels to Crete, Neb. to face Doane College in a doubleheader. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 1 p.m.