The No. 9 Concordia Eagles hosted NCAA DIII Whittier College on Tuesday afternoon, February 4, and led most the way, but needed a late hit from Nolan Clark to take the 7-5 win.
Whittier tied the game in the seventh inning with a grand slam, but Clark was able to drive in Ryan Goodman with two outs in the bottom of the seventh going the other way through the right side.
Spencer Nielsen and Atlee Schwab hit doubles, and Nolan Clark and Mitchell Esser each had two hits. The Eagles recorded nine hits as a team, leaving eight on base. Robbie Ingram started for Concordia, going six innings, allowing one run in the no decision with five hits. Jacob Murray (1-0) earned the win and the grand slam was hit off his arm, but all four runs were unearned. Jake Ham finished the ninth 1-2-3 to earn his first career save.
The Eagles scored two in the second inning, as Clark led off with a single. Esser followed with a single through the right side and both were sacrificed over. Both scored on Dillon Bryant's single up the middle, with Esser coming around on an error by the centerfielder. The Eagles scored another in the third on Robert Shiroky's fielder's choice after a walk and error. Concordia made it 5-0 in the fourth as Esser led off with a single. Schwab doubled to right and Esser motored around to score. Hodges scored later in the inning on Goodman's single to right.
Whittier tacked on one in the sixth, and loaded the bases after two outs in the seventh. Julian Barzilli then launched the grand slam over the left field wall. Goodman walked to open the seventh, went to second on a groundout, and stole third. He scored on Clark's two-out single. The Eagles used an error and sac fly to tack on another in the eighth.
Concordia improved to 8-1, while Whittier opened their season 0-1. The Eagles will host No. 12 The Master's this weekend, February 7 and 8, as part of Homecoming. The Friday action gets underway at 2:00 pm. Follow live stats at http://www.cuieagles.com/live/baseball/xlive.htm.