Baseball falls in doubleheader against Thomas
Box Score: TC 10, CUW 5 (7 innings)
Box Score: TC 7, CUW 6 (8 innings)
MESA, Ariz. - Concordia University Wisconsin held a two-run lead entering the seventh inning, but Thomas College scored twice to force an extra inning. The Terriers ripped a RBI single down the left field line to conclude a doubleheader sweep, 10-5 and 7-6, at the RussMatt Greater Phoenix Invitational at Gene Autry Park.
TC (2-2) took a commanding 7-0 lead after three-and-a-half innings of play in the opener and held on for the victory. The Terriers batted around the order and plated five runs in the fourth frame to take control.
In the second game of the twin bill, it was CUW who scored five runs in an inning to take a 5-3 lead of its own. The Falcons could not hold on as the Terriers scored in the final three innings to earn the sweep.
Sophomore Mathew Scasny (Pewaukee, Wis.) and freshman Matt Schroeder (Mequon, Wis.) led the Falcons offense with three hits apiece and two runs. All of Schroeder's base hits were doubles, while senior Adam Martz (West Bend, Wis.) drove in three runs.
Ethan Hurley and Wes Perreault led the Terriers with four hits apiece, while three players scored three times. Jeff Richardson led all batters with four RBI.
Game One Recap:
The Falcons had eight players record a hit in the game and four recorded a RBI. Senior Ryan Baglow (Walled Lake, Mich.) led the pitching staff with three strikeouts in one inning of work.
TC plated a run in the second and third innings before sending five runs across the plate in the top of the fourth inning to take a 7-0 lead. CUW answered with a pair of runs to cut the deficit to 7-2 in its half of the frame. Senior Austin Sarauer (Campbellsport, Wis.) drove in one of the runs after smashing a 1-0 pitch to right field for a triple.
The Falcons tallied a run in the fifth, sixth and seventh frames, but the Terriers answered to keep their advantage at five runs the rest of the way.
Danny Burke picked up the win after throwing six innings and striking out four.
Sophomore Andrew Mueller (Horicon, Wis.) was tagged with the loss after giving up seven runs, six earned, in 3.1 innings of work. He walked two, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch.
Game Two Recap:
CUW (0-6) turned a 3-1 deficit into a 6-3 lead in the top of the fifth inning by sending five runs across the plate. The Falcons batted around the order and recorded three hits, two doubles, two walks, a hit-by-pitch and a bunt sacrifice.
The Terriers again had an answer by scoring in each of the last three innings to earn a come-from-behind win. They scored their sixth run on a groundout and tied the game on a wild pitch.
In the extra frame, Joshua Gray reached on a single and advanced to second on a bunt sacrifice by Hurley. Rob Nutter laced a game-winning RBI single down the left field line of a 1-2 pitch.
Eric Sucy picked up the win in relief after throwing two innings of two-hit ball.
Freshman Dylan Hinckley (West Bend, Wis.) was given the loss after giving up three hits and one run in relief.
CUW returns to action on Thursday at 3 p.m. (PST) against Williams Paterson University in a doubleheader at Snedigar Park. The game was originally schedule as a single game, but was changed to a doubleheader because of Sunday's rainout game.