Eagles Swoop In On Mustangs Twice
March 28, 2013
By Leif Karlberg, Sports Information Intern
One day after The Master's College baseball team had extended its lead in the GSAC standings to four and half games, the Concordia Eagles answered with a couple of wins of their own. Following a 10-hit outing in their 7-5 series'-opening win Wednesday, the No. 5 Mustangs recorded just 10 hits total in Thursday’s doubleheader, falling to the 13th-ranked Eagles 2-0 and 6-0. This tightened the gap between the Mustangs and the Eagles, with the Mustangs still holding onto a two-and-a-half game lead.
In the first game of the day, A.J. Work (Boise, ID) started off the game retiring the first six Concordia batters he faced before running into a little bit of trouble in the third inning. Eagles' leftfielder Dillon Bryant started off the inning with a base hit. After advancing to second base on a sacrifice bunt, Bryant stole third and then scored off of a line-drive single by Matt Palmer. Work surrendered another run later in the inning when Palmer crossed home plate off of a single by Chris Kuber.
Work (7-3) pitched through the seventh inning without giving up another run and ended the day having given up nine hits. However, Work’s efforts fell short, due in large part to the work of Eagle starter Cole Swanson. Swanson, a transfer from NCAA Division 1 San Diego State, silenced the bats of the Mustangs, giving up only four hits in the complete-game shutout.
This was the first game that the Mustangs have been shutout in over a month, losing to Menlo 2-0 on February 26th.
In the nightcap, Eagle starter Chris Garrison continued the tone that Swanson set in the earlier game, tossing a complete-game shutout, scattering six Mustang hits over seven innings. Steven Karkenny (Chatsworth, CA) was the only player to record more than one hit for the Mustangs, finishing the game 2-4.
The Eagles jumped on the scoreboard early, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run single by Spencer Ofelt. The Eagles would add some insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively, winning the game 6-0, and the series two games to one. Mustang starter Tyler Elrod (Modesto, CA) gave up four runs on seven hits and fell to 6-2.
The Mustangs dropped to 27-11 on the season, and 19-8 in GSAC play, while the Eagles improved to 26-12, and 15-9 in the GSAC. Coach Monte Brooks’ squad is set to take on La Sierra in a doubleheader next Tuesday on Reese Field. The first pitch of the day will be thrown at 12:30pm.