Baseball lets lead slip away in eighth inning against Springfield
Box Score: SC 10, CUW 9
MESA, Ariz. - Concordia University Wisconsin scored five unanswered runs over the middle portion of the non-conference game before Springfield College plated two runs in the seventh and three in the eighth to earn a 10-9 victory on Saturday afternoon at Gene Autry Park.
The Pride walked four times, and recorded a pair of singles and a double, in the bottom of the eighth inning as they batted around the order, to earn the victory. Mike Corletta and Mike McGowan drove in runs on back-to-back singles and Karl Quist pushed the winning run across the plate on a bases loaded walk.
Senior Nick Doedens (Germantown, Wis.) and sophomore Beau Burgert (Oshkosh, Wis.) led CUW with three hits apiece. Seniors Adam Martz (West Bend, Wis.) and David Enters (Milwaukee, Wis.) each tallied two hits and scored twice.
Freshman Dylan Hinckley (West Bend, Wis.) was tagged with the loss after giving up three earned runs in 1.0 inning of work. The Falcons pitching staff combined to strikeout three, but walked five.
SC (6-2) had three players with two hits and two RBI apiece. Every player who made a plate appearance crossed the plate once.
CUW began the second inning with a Martz triple and scored two batters later via a Burgert RBI double for the first run of the contest.
The Falcons gave up a single to the Pride in the bottom of the second before they capitalized on an error. SC plated four runs in the frame, all unearned, including a Shane O'Leary RBI sacrifice fly.
CUW answered with three runs in the top of the third to tie the contest at four runs each. Senior Austin Sarauer (Cambellsport, Wis.) and Burgert hit a RBI double and single, respectively, in the frame.
Following a Pride run in the bottom of the third, the Falcons scored five runs over the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to take a 9-5 lead. CUW had three RBI on singles and a RBI on a bases loaded walk.
CUW finished with 14 hits, but committed four errors in the loss. The game featured five lead changes.