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Baseball - Sat, Feb. 22, 2014

No. 9 Concordia split with Biola Saturday afternoon in La Mirada, taking game one 10-3 and losing game two 7-1.

Andrew Brooks started game one, scattering 10 hits, but only allowing three runs, and he struck out seven as he improved to 3-2.  Jake Ham and Ryan Morgan finished the game facing the minimum nine batters.  Robert Shiroky led at the plate with two doubles and a home run, his first as an Eagle, for four RBI.  Dillon Bryant had three singles, Mitchel Esser hit a double, and Jonathan Rodriguez and Spencer Nielsen each had two knocks.  As a team Concordia had 15 hits for 10 runs.

The Eagles scored three in the first as Spencer Nielsen singled with one out, and after an error, Robert Shiroky doubled to left center to score two.  Jonathan Rodriguez singled later in the inning to make it 3-0.  After a walk, hit batter, and single by Rodriguez, Concordia loaded them with no out in the third.  Atlee Schwab hit a sac fly and Dillon Bryant singled to make it 5-0.  Nolan Clark singled in the fourth and Shiroky doubled again to score him.  Biola got one back in the fifth thanks to two wild pitches.  Shiroky hit a two-out solo shot in the sixth to go back up five.   Biola scored one in the sixth and seventh.  Bryant and Benjamin hit singles in the eighth to capitalize on two walks and two passed balls, making it 10-3.  

In game two, Robbie Ingram took the loss for Concordia, going five innings giving up four runs, three earned, and five hits, dropping to 2-1.  Logan Truex had a rough third of an inning, allowing five hits and three runs.  Dakota Downs forced a double play to get out of the inning.

The Eagles only managed four hits, with Ryan Goodman, Spencer Nielsen, Nolan Clark, and Atlee Schwab getting the knocks.  Schwab had the lone RBI.

An error and two singles led to an early 1-0 Biola lead.  After a walk and stolen base in the fourth, Schwab singled to right center to tie the game.  Biola scored six runs in the sixth with seven hits to take control of the game.

"In game one we played great defense with great pitching, and had really good at-bats," Concordia head coach Mike Grahovac said.  "We embarrassed ourselves as a program with our lackadaisical effort in game two."

Concordia ended the day 15-6 and 7-5 in conference, and Biola moved to 8-13 and 4-8 in the GSAC.  Concordia will host Japan Railways East in an exhibition game on Wednesday, February 26, at 2 pm.