Concordia's slide extended to four games with doubleheader loss to Doane
The Concordia University, Nebraska, baseball team dropped a doubleheader to Doane College, 6-1 and 4-1, on Saturday, April 6.
Following the losses the Bulldogs are 17-19 this season and 2-4 in Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) play. Doane moved to 21-12 overall and 6-0 in GPAC action.
Game One: Doane 6, Concordia 1
Opportunities slipped past Concordia on multiple occasions in the 6-1 loss. The Bulldogs put runners on base in five of the seven innings, but were unable to come up with the big hit.
Concordia's best chance came in the top of the fourth, loading the bases with one out. Junior Ray Finley (Tucson, Ariz.) got things started with a single to left field. After sophomore Joe Brandenburg (Waconia, Minn.) came on to run for Finley, senior Anthony Flores (Craig, Colo.) slapped a single through the left side. One out later, freshman Daniel Wilkerson (Santa Fe, Texas) sent another single through the left side to load the bases. Unfortunately the next two Concordia hitters went down on strikes.
Doane, meanwhile, took advantage of its chances with four runs in the second and two more in the fifth to build a 6-0 lead.
Concordia got on the board in the top of the seventh as senior Tate Bedwell (Colorado Springs, Colo.) drove a single to center, moved to third on a single by senior Zak Goodrich (Lutz, Fla.) and scored on an RBI ground out by senior Martin Rodriguez (Tucson, Ariz.).
Junior Jordan Stirtz (Gretna, Neb.) took the loss (2-7) for the Bulldogs, allowing six runs on 10 hits and a walk in five innings. Doane's Chance Brull scattered eight hits and recorded 14 strikeouts in the complete game win (5-2).
Flores led Concordia's offense with a 2-for-3 day.
Game Two: Doane 4, Concordia 1
The Bulldogs' offense continued to struggle in game two, managing just three hits and an unearned run.
Finley, Rodriguez and junior Kyle Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.) each notched singles in the loss.
Concordia freshman Michael Hodges (Colorado Springs, Colo.) suffered the loss (2-2), giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk in five innings. Doane's Elliott Engle moved to 6-1 with the win, holding Concordia to three hits while notching eight strikeouts in seven innings.
Concordia looks to return to the win column on Saturday, April 7 as the Bulldogs host Midland University for a GPAC doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.