OTTAWA, Kan. – The Concordia baseball team split a double header with Ottawa University Saturday afternoon. The Braves took the first game, 5-4 while the Bulldogs won the second, 15-8. The victory was fueled by a combined 10 runs in back-to-back innings early in the game including two homeruns for Taylor Bigandt
The Bulldogs move to 3-7 on the season while the Braves now hold a 4-9 record.
Second year head coach Ryan Dupic said, “It was good to go out and get a win today. We didn’t play as clean as we would’ve liked during the first game. We gave up a couple errors which led to runs for Ottawa. We just weren’t able to come back to get the win. The second game, again, wasn’t as clean as it could’ve been. We have some things to work on, but the win was nice. Taylor Bigandt, Christian Montero and Alex Alstott had nice games offensively. It’s good to see the guys at the top of the lineup have those flashes of good things happening.”
In the second contest of the double header, Concordia led off the first inning with a homerun from Bigandt. The Braves answered back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. Bigandt came up to the plate with one runner on and blasted another one over the fence. Three runners had crossed the plate previously, giving the Bulldogs a 6-2 lead in the second frame. In the third inning, Concordia tacked on five more runs. Tyler Nelson was the first to score after getting on base with a double to left field. Casey Berg followed with a double of his own. Alex Cargin then came up to the plate and batted in two more. Alex Alstott was the third Bulldog to get a double in the inning and recorded one RBI. Concordia scored one more run in the fourth and three more in the final inning to seal the victory.
Concordia never led during the first half of the double header with Ottawa but came close on a couple occasions. Jacob Adams scored off a sacrifice fly from Cargin in the second to tie the score up at one. The Bulldogs committed errors in the bottom of the frame to allow the Braves to send three more runs in. Then in the fifth inning, Alstott and Bigandt each scored to bring the deficit within one. Again, the Braves answered in the same inning. Concordia scored one more run in the eighth inning but it was not enough to come up with a win.
The Concordia baseball team will return to the diamond tomorrow to finish up a four game series with the Ottawa Braves. First pitch is slated for Noon with a live webcast available HERE.