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Baseball - Sat, May. 11, 2013
Ryan DiMascio tags out an LWC runner at third
Ryan DiMascio tags out an LWC runner at third
(17) Concordia
(22) Lindsey Wilson

The 2013 Concordia Eagles season came to an end on Saturday afternoon, May 11, as the #17 Eagles fell in walk-off fashion for the second consecutive day, 2-1, to #22 Lindsey Wilson in the NAIA Opening Round Loser Out action from Embry-Riddle University and Daytona Beach, FL.  The Eagles scored one run on six hits, while the Blue Raiders put two across on eight hits.  A one-out single and error put a runner on third for LWC in the ninth.  CU loaded the bases intenionally, but a sharp grounder through the left side ended the game.

Chris Garrison started for CU and allowed only two runs over eight and a third innings and was very good, taking the tough luck loss in his final start for CU, falling to 5-5.  Matt Palmer had a triple for CU, and Ty Holm had two hits.  Both teams left five men on base.  Concordia turned three double plays, keeping Garrison out of trouble all day, but still committed four errors.  The Eagles struggled to bring people across all weekend, going seven-for-30 with runners in scoring position.

Ty Holm started the game with a single through the middle, was sacrificed to second, went to third on a groundout, and but was left stranded.  Garrison went 1-2-3 through the first inning, with two strikeouts.  Justin Hodges singled with one out in the second, stole second, but was left there.  A runner reached second for LWC in the bottom half on a single and balk, but he was gunned at third on a groundout and the batter was caught stealing two pitches later.  Concordia went quietly in the third, and LWC opened the bottom half with a double.  Two errors allowed a run to score.  Garrison forced a lineout, strikeout, and groundout to escape. 

Concordia produced nothing in the fourth and LWC led off the bottom half with a ground-rule double.  After a groundout, another reached on an error, but CU ended the inning with a 6-4-3 double play.  Matt Palmer tripled for CU with one out in the fifth, and scored on Holm's single to short.  Both teams produced nothing over the next couple innings.

The bats sent silent and the rain started to pour in the bottom of the ninth.  After an out to start the inning, a single and error found a LWC runner on third.  Concordia intentionally loaded the bases.  After two strikes, the Blue Raiders singled to left ending Concordia's season 2-1.

Concordia must say goodbye to seniors Matt Palmer, Phil Gerber, Dave Peterson, Blake Harrison, Danny Romero, Chase Koissian, Ryan DiMascio, Chris Lee, Chris Kuber, Sean Buford, Steven McMichael, Spencer Ofelt, Ty Holm, Joe Goldenberg, and Chris Garrison.  The 2013 Eagles continued to keep Concordia on the national map, ranked in the top-20 all season, even if the season came to a close earlier than they would like.  Many talented players return next year, including ¾ of the Eagles starting rotation.  Look for great things to continue in 2014.

The #17 Concordia Eagles qualified for their third-straight and third appearance in school history in the NAIA Opening Round.  Concordia was the #2 seed in the Daytona Beach Bracket hosted by Embry-Riddle.  They finish the season 35-21 and 5-4 in Opening Round play, completing their third-straight 30-win season.


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