Falcons fall in 16 innings 12-11

Falcons fall in 16 innings 12-11

Aurora, Il

Host Aurora ended the longest game in NAC history by scoring a pair of runs with two outs in the bottom of the 16th to defeat the Falcons in round one of the NAC double elimination tourney.

CUW took an early 4-0 lead, combining 4 hits and a walk to gain the advantage but Aurora scored 3 in the 4th and 4 in the 5th against Concordia ace Derrick Pankow to take a 7-4 lead.

The Falcons rallied with a 3 run sixth that featured hits by Matt and Ryan Schilter before Pankow's single tied the contest 7-7.

Aurora went back up 9-7 in the 7th before Val Keiper's team knotted the score with a 2 run 8th.

Daniel Mueller singled and eventually scored the inning's first run on a passed ball before Dan Shea's successful squeeze bunt tied the contest at 9-9.

Concordia took a 10-9 lead in the 10th when Dan Shea drove home Ryan Schilter but the Falcons left the bases loaded.

CUW was one out away from victory when Joe Singraber singled to tie the score in the bottom of the 10th.

Neither team scored for the next 5 innings but Concordia went ahead with a run in the 16th when Pankow singled home Mueller.

Once again the Falcons were an out away from victory but Josh Davidson's single on an 0-1 pitch drove in the tying and winning runs. Those were the only runs allowed by loser Matt Scasny (2-1) in 6 2/3 innings of relief.

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