No. 13 Concordia ace Cole Swanson (8-1) righted the Concordia ship quickly on Thursday afternoon, March 28, with a four-hit shutout with five strikeouts in a complete-game win against No. 5 The Master's, 2-0. Swanson walked only three and the Concordia defense provided him with two double plays. There were no extra base hits in the game, but Concordia cranked nine singles for their two runs.
Ty Holm had two hits for CU, along with Spencer Ofelt, Dillon Bryant, and Matt Palmer. Palmer and Chris Kuber collected the CU RBI.
Both of Concordia's runs came in the third inning. Bryant singled to lead off and was sacrificed to second, and then stole third. Palmer singled a bloop shot down the right field line to plate him. Palmer stole second and went to third on Holm's single to first base, beating the tag. Concordia then did what they always do, a perfectly executed squeeze play from Kuber, who reached on the bunt.
Swanson stranded a runner on second in the fifth, got a double play in the eighth, and put them down in order in the ninth. CU catcher Chris Kuber was outstanding, throwing out both TMC steal attempts at second base.
Chris Garrison (3-3) did his best Swanson impression in game two, allowing six hits in seven innings with five K's in his own shutout effort in the 6-0 win. Justin Hodges ripped a triple for CU and Ofelt hit a double. Both had multi-hit days with Hodges getting three knocks. Ofelt led the Eagles with three RBI.
"We wanted to go out there and make pitches, and attack," Cole Swanson said.
CU got two in the first when Holm led off with a single, was sacrificed to second, and after a hit batsman, two runners scored on Ofelt's single to right field. After a walk, Hodges and Palmer laid down bunt singles in the fifth. Holm brought one home with a sac fly. Cody Smith singled to lead off the sixth, and after a walk, both moved up on a passed ball. One scored on a sacrifice fly, DiMascio brought another home with a single, and Hodges triple made it 6-0 Eagles.
"It's great to get back-to-back wins today and get the momentum on our side," Chris Garrison said.
The Concordia defense was solid again, with a double play and Kuber threw out another base stealer. Garrison stepped up every time the Mustangs threatened and got the outs.
"Cole Swanson set the tempo for us and our offense grinded out the runs we needed," Concordia head coach Mike Grahovac said. "We came out today with some fire and it was a great weekend for us."
Concordia improved to 26-12 and 15-9 in the GSAC. TMC fell to 27-11 and 19-8 in conference, and CU trails The Master's by 2.5 games at the conclusion of their season series.