SIOUX CITY, Iowa – In a rescheduling of games from earlier this month, Midland University’s baseball team met up with the Concordia Bulldogs in Sioux City, Iowa for a doubleheader on Wednesday.
The Warriors (7-14, 2-4 GPAC) dropped both games to the Bulldogs (12-10, 6-0 GPAC) as the offense failed to capitalize on success early in the ballgames.
Midland was the visiting team in both games, and in each game they scored a run in the top of the first inning. In game one, the Warriors took advantage of three walks and an error as Austin Hamilton drew a bases-loaded walk to score Bryan Smith from third and put the Warriors ahead.
Concordia wasn’t fazed and the Bulldogs tacked on three runs of their own in the bottom half, chasing Midland starter Andrew Davidson after just one-third of an inning. Davidson allowed two hits and three walks in the inning before Aaron Hassell came on in relief.
Hassell allowed one run, charged to Davidson, to cross on a fielder’s choice before recording the final out of the inning. In the second, Hassell allowed an unearned run after an error allowed Logan Ryan to score with two outs, pushing Concordia’s lead to 4-1.
The Warriors tacked on a pair of unearned runs in the fifth inning as Kyle Weber and Darius Johnson each found their way home. Midland recorded only one hit in the inning but benefited from a walk and two fielding errors from the Bulldogs.
Jesse Garcia extended the Concordia lead to 5-3 with a solo home run in the bottom half of the fifth, and after the Warriors went scoreless in the top of the sixth, the Bulldogs added two more in the bottom half. Without recording a hit, the Bulldogs used two walks, a hit batter, and two errors to extend the lead.
Midland couldn’t rally in the seventh and dropped game one by an 8-3 final.
In game two, the Warriors scored first again in the first inning as a Matt Abdelnour double brought Hamilton home. Midland scored another run in the third inning after Hamilton’s sacrifice fly allowed Sam Braun to score after he led off the inning with a base hit.
Warriors’ started Daylon Owens was solid through two innings, but ran into trouble in the third after Logan Ryan’s leadoff double. Ryan would later score on a Christian Meza single for Concordia’s first run of the game.
Later in the inning, Meza scored the tying run as Beau Dorman was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Owens got Luciano DePamphilis to ground out to end the inning, leaving the bases loaded and preventing further damage.
Steven Boyd took over for Owens after the starter allowed back-to-back hits to start the Concordia half of the fifth inning. Boyd allowed a sacrifice fly to Dorman, putting the Bulldogs ahead 3-2.
Concordia added two more runs to their lead in the sixth inning after a leadoff walk pushed Boyd out of the game in favor of Luke Egging. Egging allowed a pair of runs to cross on three hits before Abdelnour came on to record the final two outs of the inning.
Again, Midland had no answer late in the game and went quietly in the seventh, dropping game two 5-2.
Mistakes made the difference in the doubleheader as Midland allowed 13 walks in the two games and committed three errors in the field. And, after starting each game with an early run, the Warriors couldn’t keep the pressure on long enough, allowing Concordia to regroup and ultimately sweep the series.
Midland is scheduled to play a four-game series this weekend with the Dordt College Defenders (3-13, 0-8 GPAC) on Friday and Saturday. Due to poor playing conditions at Moller Field in Fremont, all four games will be played in Sioux Center, Iowa. Doubleheaders will be played on Friday and Saturday. First pitch in the series opener is set for 4:00 p.m.