Louisville, KY. – Looking to rebound after a ninth inning loss last night, the Concordia University Chicago Baseball team responded in a big way today. They used six runs over the first four innings of game one to cruise to a 10-2 win over UW-Platteville to open the day. They then closed the weekend scoring 15 runs over the last four innings, including nine in the ninth to comeback and defeat Spalding 17-9.
Game 1 vs. UW-Platteville
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
- Five players recorded multiple hits and four players drove in multiple runs for CUC.
- Jose Mercado stole two more bases to bring his total to four on the season.
- Cade Laudenschlager picked up the win working three innings of relief.
- CUC pitching allowed just one earned run while striking out 13 and walking just three.
The Cougars got the offense rolling in the first. Mercado led things off with a bunt single, and promptly moved to second on a wild pitch. Keegan Tyrell followed with a double to right to plate the opening run. A single and a sac fly later Connor Brandon made it 3-0 CUC with a double to right.
CUC made it 4-0 in the third. With one out Brody Mariotti walked and stole second. One out later Abelardo Paz Agudelo doubled to left for the first hit of his CUC career. The Cougars added on two more in the fourth on four walks and a hit by pitch.
After UW-Platteville scratched one across in the bottom of the fifth, CUC quickly answered in the next half inning. A Mercado single and stolen base put the speedy senior in scoring position with two outs. Bryan Van Duser then stepped up with a single to left to make it 7-1 Cougars.
CUC made it 8-1 in the seventh when Jacob Frank was brought around to score on a Brayden Benavides double to right center.
Platteville got a run across on two hits in the seventh, but CUC responded again with two in the eighth. Brandon singled to score VanDuser and a Paz single through the right side made it 10-2 CUC.
Alex Crinigan started on the hill for CUC going four innings and striking out eight in his CUC debut. Laudenschlager picked up the win working three innings of relief. Zach Litke and Mike Tobin both worked scoreless innings as well.