The No. 9 Concordia Eagles began a busy week the right way on Tuesday afternoon, February 11, at Eagles Field, by beating former GSAC-member and NCAA Division II institution Azusa Pacific, 3-2.
Robbie Ingram started for Concordia and was solid in his no-decision, allowing two hits over five innings, with two doubles leading to one run. He fanned two. Alex Tukey made his first career appearance as an Eagle, and allowed four hits and one run, becoming the pitcher of record (1-0). Logan Truex was comfortable under pressure, coming in under a jam in the eighth inning and working around an error in the ninth to earn his second save.
Robert Shiroky and Spencer Nielsen each had doubles, with Shiroky's being the go-ahead double off the left field wall in the seventh. Shiroky also drove home one with a fielder's choice and Nielsen collected two hits. The Eagles had eight hits as a team, compared to six for Azusa Pacific.
Concordia left runners on second in the first and second innings, but Jonathan Rodriguez led off the fourth with a single up the middle, he moved to second, but was left on third. Azusa Pacific used a double and single in the top half to go up 1-0. Ryan Goodman led off the fifth with a bunt single and another man joined him on base after an error. Goodman scored on a fielder's choice and Nolan Clark's sac fly made it 2-1 Eagles.
Azusa Pacific tied the game in the sixth with back-to-back doubles. Nielsen doubled with one out in the seventh, and Shiroky immediately drove him in. Two two-out singles by Azusa Pacific in the eighth brought Truex into the game, but he forced a fly out. An error allowed the tying run to reach second in the ninth, but after a walk, Truex forced a fly out and fanned the last batter looking.
Concordia improved to 10-3, while Azusa Pacific dropped to 2-4 on the young season. Concordia will host Westmont on Friday and Saturday, and Corban (OR) on Sunday. The action starts at 2 pm on Friday, February 14.