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Jonathan Rodriguez hits his first home run as an Eagle
Baseball - Wed, Jan. 22, 2014

A close game got ugly on Concordia's 2014 Opening Day, as the No. 9 Eagles scored 19 seventh-inning runs to win 22-1 in an eight-inning game, called due to darkness.  

Robbie Ingram made his debut for Concordia, going four innings in his start to go to 1-0.  He struck out four and allowed two hits.  Jacob Murray and Logan Truex each pitched two scoreless innings in relief.  Jonathan Rodriguez opened the scoring for Concordia in the third with a two-out solo shot over the right field wall, his first homer as an Eagle.  A hit batter, passed ball, and wild pitch scored another that inning.

An error allowed a run to score for Bethesda in the fifth, Spencer Nielsen drove in Justin Hodges in the bottom half to answer the one run.

The seventh inning was more about totals then what happened.  The Eagles scored 19 runs, had 11 hits, took 25 at-bats, and forced the game to end due to darkness in the next inning.  The Flames used four pitchers in the inning, throwing 102 pitches.  There were seven walks, mostly with the bases loaded.

Rodriguez ended three-for-four with two RBI, Robert Shiroky was three-for-four with three RBI, and Justin Hodges was three-for-four with two RBI. 

Concordia improved to 1-0 and used the game as a warm-up for the GSAC season, which opens in Phoenix, AZ on Friday, January 24.  The Eagles will battle Arizona Christian at 2:00 pm to open a three-game series.