The No. 11-ranked Concordia Eagles completed a two-day two-game sweep of visiting No. 23 Doane College (NE) on Saturday afternoon, March 23, at Eagles Field by a count of 5-1.
Concordia's World Series ace from two years past Blake Harrison continues to stretch himself out in 2013, and threw five innings of three-hit shutout ball on Saturday with two strikeouts to improve to 3-0 on the year. Chris Garrison allowed one hit over two innings, Adam Quintana threw a hitless inning, and Phil Gerber allowed one run to complete the game. Doane starter Nathan Ross fell to 1-1. Offensively, Cody Smith had a triple for Concordia and Matt Palmer laced a double. Chris Kuber stayed red hot with two hits, two RBI, and two walks. Ty Holm and Spencer Ofelt also had multi-hit days. Concordia scored five runs on nine hits.
Concordia jumped on them in the second inning when Dillon Bryant walked with two out. He went to second on a balk and scored on Justin Hodges single to left. The Eagles tacked on three in the third, as Palmer walked to lead off and was sacrificed to second. Kuber singled him home and Smith tripled to score one, and came home as DC threw the ball into the Concordia dugout. Pitching took over for both teams through the next four innings.
The Eagles scored again in the seventh when Palmer doubled to right center with one out. He was thrown out at home on Holm's single, but Kuber came through again with a single to bring Holm home for the 5-0 lead. Doane loaded the bases and scored one run in the ninth on three hits.
Concordia improved to 24-11 and Doane fell to 15-10 as their West Coast swing comes to a close. Concordia hosts a huge series next Wednesday, March 27, and Thursday, March 28 against GSAC leader The Master's. Follow live stats at http://www.Concordiaieagles.com/live/baseball/xlive.htm.