RIVER FORESTS, Ill. – The Concordia University Wisconsin Baseball team was swept in a Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference doubleheader by No. 10 Concordia University Chicago. The Cougars won the opener 12-2 before taking game two by an 11-6 score.
The Falcons couldn't contain CUC from the big inning on Monday. In the opener CUW held a 1-0 lead after four and was tied 1-1 after five but two five-run innings by the Cougars helped them gain the 10-run win. CUC carried that momentum over in game two, building an 8-1 lead after four innings en route to the 11-6 win.
In the second game CUW used a four-run fifth inning to cut the Cougars lead to 8-5. The Falcons made the score 8-6 in the seventh but CUC answered with three in the eighth. The Cougars got a three-run home run off the bat of Dan Eicholzer in the eigth, helping build a comfortable lead. Freshman Luke Wirtz (Marshfield, Wis.), who finished the second game 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored, had a two-RBI single in the fifth.
Senior Beau Burgert (Oshkosh, Wis.) continued his strong start by recording a pair of multi-hit games. Burgert, who was named the NACC Position Player of the Week Monday, finished the day 4-for-9 with two RBIs.
The Falcons 3-6 hitters all recorded at least two hits in game two. Sophomore Joel Sharon (Glendale, Wis.) and freshman Bryan Thomas (Lowell, Ind.) both recorded a pair of hits joining Burgert and Wirtz. Wirtz and Thomas both had doubles as did freshmen Tyler Crass (Glendale, Wis.) and Dylan Gausman (Eagan, Minn.). Gausman's twobagger came in the fifth and plated two.
In the opening game Thomas and sophomore Jordan Mathiebe (Brillion, Wis.) each had doubles for the Falcons. In that game freshman Andrew Heideman (Bakersfield, Calif.) kept the high-powered CUC in offense in check through five innings before the Cougars got to him in the sixth. Heideman finished the game by throwing six innings and striking out three. Junior Matthew Brueser (Oconomowoc, Wis.) pitched the seventh for CUW.
Junior Tyler Gross (Wauwatosa, Wis.) and senior Austin Baglow (Walled Lake, Mich.) split the pitching duties in game two. Gross started the game and was the pitcher of record, while Baglow came on for the final five innings.
Dan Kluss and Kurt Kempema were the winning pitchers for CUC. Kluss gained a quality start by throwing seven innings, allowing one earned run and striking out nine. Kempema was actually the Cougars third pitcher in game two, but threw three scoreless innings in relief for the win.
CUW (5-6, 1-3 NACC) will return to the diamond Wednesday with a single non-conference game against St. Norbert College. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. and live audio and stats will be available at CUWFalcons.com.