The final game played at the CUW baseball field saw #22 Carthage come back from a 4-0 deficit to defeat Concordia 9-7.
The game itself, played in frigid, windy conditions was secondary to the exciting stadium groundbreaking event that preceeded it. Actual construction will begin later this month for the beautiful all-turf facility and the plan is for the field surface to be ready for practice during the "non-traditional" fall baseball season.
This non-conference affair saw each team use 20 players as coaches focused on preparation for a season-ending tournament run. CUW got three excellent early innings on the mound from Zach Wilson while building the lead. Derrick Pankow and Adam Martz singled home first inning runs and Concordia added an unearned tally in the second.
Carthage scored a combined six runs in the 4th and 5th and built a 9-5 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.
Dan Shea and Martz drove in runs with two outs in CUW's final at bat, but a fly out ended the contest with the tying runs on base.
Pankow led CUW offensively with a 3-3 effort. The Falcons (10-7 in NAC play) will complete a crucial conference game against Dominican that is tied 10-10 in the eighth.