Concordia salvages split with Dakota Wesleyan
After dropping the opening game of Sunday's doubleheader the Concordia University, Nebraska, baseball team rallied to claim a split against Dakota Wesleyan on April 1. The Tigers took the first game 6-0, but Concordia took the second game 9-4 with five runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Following Sunday's action Concordia has a 17-17 record on the season and is 2-2 in GPAC play. Dakota Wesleyan moved to 13-20 overall and 2-2 in GPAC action.
Game One: Dakota Wesleyan 6, Concordia 0
The Bulldogs were stymied in game one by a stellar pitching performance by Dakota Wesleyan's Nick Pecha. The Tigers' Pecha scattered seven hits and a walk in a complete game shutout to move to 2-2 on the season.
Concordia starter, senior Steven Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.), matched Pecha pitch-for-pitch in the early going but that changed in the top of the third. After tossing two perfect innings, Ivanoff left a fastball up on the second pitch of the third inning as Dakota Wesleyan's Toby Kaplan. The result was a solo blast just inside the foul pole down the left field line.
Kaplan repeated the performance in the fifth, this time hammering an 0-2 pitch to virtually the same spot to boost the Tigers' lead to 3-0.
That was more offense than Pecha needed as the Bulldogs best threat came in the third. With two outs in the inning, Concordia loaded the bases on back-to-back singles by seniors Zak Goodrich (Lutz, Fla.) and Martin Rodriguez (Tucson, Ariz.), then freshman Andrew Yerrell (Santa Fe, Texas) was hit by a pitch. Unfortunately junior Ray Finley (Tucson, Ariz.) was retired on a long fly out to left to end the threat.
Ivanoff suffered the loss (4-3) as he surrendered five runs on six hits in 5.1 innings.
Game Two: Concordia 9, Dakota Wesleyan 4
Tied 4-4 entering the bottom of the sixth, Concordia plated five runs on four hits to salvage a split to Sunday's doubleheader.
With one out in the sixth, Goodrich ignited the Bulldogs' rally with a double down the right field line. Rodriguez was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Both Concordia base runners advanced 90 feel on a wild pitch, then Yerrell drove a single through the left side to give the Bulldogs a 5-4 edge. A walk to Finley loaded the bases, then senior Brandon Pflug (Ft. Morgan, Colo.) dumped a single into right field to make it 6-4. One out later, junior Kyle Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.) laced a single into right to chase home two more runs. The ball was misplayed in right, allowing Pflug to come in to score as well, giving Concordia a 9-4 lead.
The Bulldogs first four runs came via an RBI double by Yerrell in the first, a sac fly from junior Miles Barrow (Yamhill, Ore.), an RBI single by Goodrich in the second and an RBI single in the fourth from Yerrell.
Yerrell finished the day, 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored.
Junior reliever Nick Thill (Littleton, Colo.) tossed a scoreless sixth to earn the win (3-1), while senior Josh Anderson (Westminster, Colo.) worked a perfect seventh.
Dakota Wesleyan's Zac Custer (0-2) was tagged with the loss, allowing four runs on two hits in one-third of an inning.
The Bulldogs are back in action on Tuesday, April 3 as Concordia hosts in a doubleheader at Plum Creek Park beginning at 4 p.m.
1 April 2012