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Baseball - Sat, Jan. 25, 2014

The No. 9-ranked Concordia Eagles started 2014 with a GSAC series win, splitting the Saturday doubleheader with Arizona Christian in Phoenix, AZ.  The Firestorm won game one 6-5 and Concordia won game two, 9-0, coupled with a 12-4 win yesterday for Concordia.

In game one, Keegan Yuhl started for Concordia, going six innings, allowing 10 hits with six runs.  He struck out five.  Josh Anderson, Jacob Murray, and Jake Ham finished the game allowing only one hit with zero runs.  Ryan Goodman, Spencer Nielsen, Robert Shiroky, Atlee Schwab, Dillon Bryant, and Justin Hodges each had a hit, with Shiroky knocking a double. 

A hit batter and single by Nielsen opened the game for Concordia, and a sac fly from Jonathan Rodriguez scored a run, and a passed ball made it 2-0 early.  Dillon Bryant walked to open the second and scored on Nielsen's sac fly.  Two doubles and triple for Arizona Christian in the third led to three runs and tied the game.  Four hits in the third made it 6-3 Arizona Christian.  Goodman singled to open the fifth, and eventually scored on an error.  Shiroky doubled with one out in the eighth and scored on Bryant's single.  Concordia left the tying run on second base as the game ended 6-5.

In game two Jose Cardona went the distance for Concordia, allowing five hits over seven innings, but no runs with four strikeouts.  Rodriguez and Justin Hodges both knocked doubles, and Rodriguez, Mitchell Esser, and Joey Thompson each had two knocks.  Ryan Goodman, Nielsen, Rodriguez, John Bornhop, Schwab, and Thompson all had RBI. 

Matt Moynihan led off the game with a single, and after an error, a single from Schwab scored one, and a fielder's choice made it 2-0 Eagles.  Hodges was hit in the second inning, moved to second on an error, and scored on Nielsen's single.

The Eagles put up a four spot in the third as Esser and Bryant singled.  Hodges doubled home both and Goodman singled him in.  Rodriguez singled the final run home.  Bryant scored on Thompson's single in the fourth to make it 8-0.  Rodriguez doubled in the seventh and Bornhop brought in Daniel Shine, who was hit by a pitch.

"We made a few defensive mistakes in game one, which cost us the game," Concordia head coach Mike Grahovac said.  "We got a little out of sync offensively too.  What was impressive is that we came back in game two and dominated on the mound with Cardona, and the offense came out and was locked in.  Arizona Christian is a hard place to play and we are happy we won the series.  They are a good team."

The Eagles ended the day 3-1 and 2-1 in conference, while Arizona Christian opened 1-2 in both.  Concordia will host Bethesda again on Monday at 2:00 pm.  Follow the live stats at http://www.cuieagles.com/live/baseball/xlive.htm.