ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – It was a rough Friday for Forester baseball (4-9) as they dropped back-to-back contests to Concordia University (Neb.) by identical 4-2 scores at the Walker Fuller Complex.
Ty Mills was credited with the loss. After Xyan Adkisson pitched the first 5.1 innings, Mills came in for relief and gave up two hits and two runs to finish the sixth inning. Anthony Roth worked a scoreless seventh to round out the game’s pitching.
The Foresters only lead of the game came in bottom of the first on an RBI-single by Eric Schultz but it was short-lived as the Bulldogs plated two runs in the top of the third to climb on top 2-1. Later in the frame, Jordan Klopfenstein scored on a wild throw to deadlock the score at 2-2.
It was a quiet two innings of scoreless baseball before Concordia roared back. With runners on first and third and facing a new pitcher in Mills, the Bulldogs hammered out two hits to register two more runs and the win.
Jamon Hamel finished 2-for-3 at the plate while Schultz tallied a hit and was credited with two RBI.
Despite outhitting the Bulldogs 10-8 in the nightcap, the Foresters came up short on the scoreboard.
HU jumped out to the early 1-0 advantage thanks to the wheels of Klopfenstein who opened up play with a single to left and then took advantage of a wild throw and wild pitch to touch home. Concordia answered in the second and then recorded three more runs in the bottom of the fifth to surge ahead 4-1.
It had all the makings of a seventh inning comeback as Klopfenstein again found home on a wild throw to pull HU within two at 4-2. With one out, the Foresters proceeded to load the bases but their rally was cut short as Bulldog pitcher Josh Anderson got Bowers to ground into a double play to squelch any hopes of a heroic finish.
Klopfenstein, Schultz and Dustin Rutledge each tallied two hits to pace HU at the plate. Blake Hohlbein took the loss on the mound. In 2.1 innings of work he gave up three runs on two hits and two walks while striking out one.