The No. 16 Concordia Eagles took game one 7-1 and game two 1-0 against the No. 5 San Diego Christian Hawks, after honoring 11 seniors prior to the first game.
Andrew Brooks (SR/Lone Pine, CA) started game one and worked out of jams like a magician. He threw a complete game to improve to 6-4, his fourth complete game of the season. He struck out six and didn't walk any. Mitchell Esser (JR/San Diego, CA) hit his first home run as an Eagle, and Nolan Clark (SR/Ladera Ranch, CA) doubled. Ryan Goodman (JR/Upland, CA), Esser, and Spencer Nielsen (FR/Lakeside, CA) all collected two hits. Nielsen led the team with two RBI.
The Hawks scored one in the first as a leadoff single came around to score as CU could not quite execute the double play up the middle to end the inning. Nolan Clark hit a ground rule double down the right field line with one out in the bottom half, and pinch-runner Justin Hodges (SR/Santa Ana, CA) stole third and scored on a throwing error by the catcher. Brooks put them down in order in the second and Atlee Schwab (JR/Long Beach, CA) walked to open the second, was sacrificed, and scored on Spencer Nielsen's single to left. Brooks escaped trouble in the third, working around two one-out singles and a wild pitch, striking the last batter out. Mitchell Esser singled to open the third for CU, stole second, went to third on a groundout, and scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-1 Eagles. The Hawks reached second base on a single and wild pitch in the fourth, but Brooks escaped with a groundout and K. Brooks stranded a leadoff single for SDCC in the fifth, and worked around a double and single in the sixth. He stranded two more in the seventh and CU got rolling again in the bottom half. A hit batter opened the inning and Ryan Goodman singled with one out. Both runners moved on a wild pitch and Nolan Clark drove one home with a sac fly to right. Another run scored on a wild pitch and Esser homered to right to make it 6-1. Brooks worked a double play in the eighth, and Schwab singled in the bottom half. He went to second on a balk and scored on Nielsen's single to left. Brooks worked around hitting the leadoff man in the ninth.
Keegan Yuhl (SR/Del Mar, CA) started game two and went the full seven innings for Concordia to improve to 10-3, the first Eagle pitcher to reach 10 wins this season. Yuhl fanned seven batters without a walk and allowed just three hits in his fourth complete-game shutout of the year. Matt Moynihan (SR/San Diego, CA) and Schwab each collected one hit in the second game.
Yuhl collected three of his seven strikeouts in the first two innings facing only seven batters in two innings of work. Yuhl worked around a single in the second inning and got out of a double in the sixth on his way to blanking the Hawks. Yuhl would face 24 batters in all and retired the side in order in three of his seven innings. Moynihan found a pitch he liked and blasted his second home run of the season to deep right field to give Concordia their only run of the second game in the bottom of the fifth. Schwab followed with a single through the left side and was replaced at first by pinch runner Anthony Graham (JR/Torrance, CA). Graham stole second but was stranded by the Eagles. Yuhl held off the Hawks' offense for the last two innings to take the victory.
Concordia improves to 33-15 on the season and 20-13 in GSAC play, just two games back from San Diego Christian in conference. The Hawks fall to 35-15 overall and 22-11 in GSAC play. The Eagles will end the regular season with a three-game series at Vanguard beginning Friday, April 25.