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Baseball - Fri, May. 11, 2012
Konicek's Two Hits Tie the CU Career Mark
Konicek's Two Hits Tie the CU Career Mark

Kyle Konicek Ties the CU Career Hit Mark at 247

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After last night's grueling heartbreak loss, the #9 Concordia Eagles would have loved a relaxed win on Friday, May 11 against #24 Taylor (IN).  That didn't happen.  CU grinded another game start to finish and rode starter Thomas Hoenshell's outstanding complete-game effort to a 4-2 win in loser out action.

Hoenshell threw 148 pitches in nine innings, allowing 10 hits and two runs, with eight K's and no walks.  He improved to 8-2 and was a rock for the Eagles on this night.  Ryan DiMascio had a big two-RBI single early and Aaron Gates plated the fourth run with a huge RBI double in the seventh.  Chris Kuber was three-for-four with two doubles.  Kyle Konicek went two-for-four with one RBI and one run scored, and tied CU's career hits record at 247.  Matt Palmer scored a run and clubbed a double.

Concordia had nine hits as a team and left seven men on base.  Taylor starter Derek Kinzer took the loss, dropping to 5-3, but pitched well throwing six innings of six hit, three-run ball.  Caleb Miller allowed one run in two-thirds of an inning.

The Trojans led the game off with a single to right field and sacrificed to second.  Hoenshell forced a pop out and strikeout to escape.  The Eagles went 1-2-3 in the bottom half.  Hoenshell followed suit in the top of the second.  Kuber singled with one out in the bottom frame, but pinch-runner John Doering was caught stealing second.

Hoenshell struck the first two out in the third and the third batter grounded out.  Palmer doubled to left with one out in the bottom of the third.  He went to third on a balk with two out.  Ty Holm walked, and Konicek singled to center to score one, but Holm was thrown out at third.  Taylor led off the fourth with a single, but grounded into a 643 double play executed perfectly by CU shortstop Matt Palmer.  Hoenshell worked around a two-out single.  Spencer Ofelt walked with one out in the bottom of the fourth.  Dave Peterson walked and both moved up on a groundout.  DiMascio singled to left to score both and wound up on third base on an errant TU throw.  He was left stranded.

Hoenshell went 1-2-3 in the fifth with two K's.  CU wasted a leadoff Tony Harkey, Jr. single in the bottom half.  Taylor pulled within one in the sixth.  They started with two straight singles and sacrificed them over.  MCC Player of the Year Ryne Otis clobber a double to left field, but Konicek fired it back in to hold the second runner.  The Trojans followed with a RBI single to right to make it 3-2 Eagles.  Hoenshell struck the next batter out and forced a fly out to escape the jam.

Kuber knocked a two-out double down the left field line in the bottom of the sixth, but was left on base.  Taylor singled to lead off the seventh, but the next batter lined out to Hoenshell, who doubled off the runner on first.  Konicek singled through the right side with two out in the bottom of the seventh.  Gates fell down 0-2, but fouled off pitch after pitch until he saw one he liked.  He smacked that pitch into the left center gap to score Konicek.  The Trojans knocked back-to-back one-out singles in the eighth.  Hoenshell forced two fly outs for no damage.

Kuber again doubled down the left field line with one out in the bottom half, but did not score.  In the ninth with a similar two-run lead, Hoenshell forced a groundout, struck one out, and forced a game-ending pop fly to shortstop.

Concordia improved to 38-17, while Taylor's season ended at 38-20.  The Eagles get a shot at redemption tomorrow against Doane College, who lost 9-1 to Point Park earlier in the day, in loser out action at 12 pm PST.  Doane radio and video stream - http://www.doane.edu/Athletics/TigerSportsNetwork.


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