Concordia out slugs Missouri Valley, 8-4
After falling behind 4-0 in the bottom of the third inning, the Concordia University, Nebraska, baseball team turned up the offensive heat to claim an 8-4 win over Missouri Valley College on Saturday, Mar. 3.
The victory lifted the Bulldogs to 4-7 on the season, while Missouri Valley College fell to 2-8-1.
After three fielding errors opened the bottom of the third inning, Concordia starter Steven Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.) limited the damage to just four unearned runs.
The fielding miscues seemed to ignite the Bulldog bats, as Concordia responded with three runs in the top of the fourth and another three in the top of the fifth.
Senior Tate Bedwell (Colorado Springs, Colo.) got things rolling with one out in the fourth, reaching on a hit by pitch. Senior Anthony Flores (Craig, Colo.) drove a single to center to put runners at the corners, then junior Kyle Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.) loaded the bases with a walk. Another base on balls to junior Ray Finley (Tucson, Ariz.) brought in the first Concordia run, then senior Zak Goodrich (Lutz, Fla.) smacked a two-run double into right-center.
Still trailing 4-3 in the top of the fifth, it was the Bulldogs turn to take advantage of miscues by Missouri Valley. Concordia scored three more runs on three hits and four Viking errors in the inning to take a 6-4 lead.
The Bulldogs added two more insurance runs in the top of the seventh on two hits, two walks and an error, making it 8-4.
Ivanoff (1-2) earned the victory, allowing four unearned runs on three hits and a walk in seven innings.
Viking reliever, Cody Moore, suffered the loss. He allowed three runs on three hits and a walk in .2 innings of work.
Concordia will be back in action later today as the Bulldogs complete the split doubleheader by facing Oklahoma Wesleyan at 3 p.m.