In a pair of meetings between the top two teams in the GPAC standings, the Bulldogs of Concordia stretched the lead in the league with a doubleheader sweep over Briar Cliff Tuesday at Bishop Mueller Field. The Chargers were held scoreless on the day, falling 1-0 and 3-0.
Concordia remains unbeated in the GPAC, sporting a 10-0 conference record and a 16-10 mark overall. Briar Cliff had a chance to tie the Bulldogs with a sweep, instead the Chargers drop to 8-4 in GPAC play and sit tied in second with Jamestown. BC is 18-13 overall.
Despite playing the contests on Briar Cliff’s campus, Concordia was the home team on the scoreboard and took advantage of some key base hits when needed. The Bulldogs scored in the third inning of both games, with zeros lighting up the scoreboard in every other inning.
“Our pitching staff did what they needed to do to keep Concordia in check,” said BC coach Boyd Pitkin. “Unfortunately we didn’t capitalize on the offensive end when we needed.”
Game one was a pitcher’s dual throughout. Jacob Wesselmann was handed the loss despite a terrific performance in which he pitched the entire game, allowing just two hits and two walks. He struck out four but unfortunately both hits allowed were doubles in the third inning, allowing the lone run to score.
Leadoff man Wade Council was able to record the two out knock that scored pinch runner Peyton Scott. Catcher Ben Berg had the first hit of the game for either team to lead to the winning run.
Jake Fosgett pitched a gem for Concordia and picked up the complete game shutout. Fosgett allowed two hits and three walks while striking out 11. Arnulfo Gutierrez and Darnell Princewere the only BC hitters to pick up hits in the game.
The only real scare the Chargers gave to Fosgett was in the top of the third inning. Rodney Scarver and Michael Anthony each walked to start the frame. Brady Harpenau then grounded out, but the two baserunners advanced on the play to put two runners in scoring position with just one out.
Ben Pigg was next to bat for the Cliff and hit a hard line drive that was snatched by Bulldog first baseman Evan Bohman for the out. Nick Robinson hit another hard line drive that was caught by the shortstop to end the threat.
Game two was a different story for Briar Cliff as the Chargers had a lot of opportunities to score but never found a way to cross the plate. BC had runners on base in all but one inning and stranded 10 runners on base in the contest.
Tanner Wauhob picked up the win for Concordia as he pitched 6.0 innings, allowing three hits and four walks while also hitting three batters. Dylan DuRee came in with one man on in the seventh inning and retired three straight hitters to collect the save.
Harrison Jestel suffered the loss for BC. He gave up three runs on five hits and one walk in 4.0 innings of work. Jestel struck out two Bulldogs. Connor Christiansen relieved Jestel and threw two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and struck out one.
Harpenau, Sawyer Olson and Prince collected hits for the Chargers while Anthony drew two walks.
Briar Cliff will look to bounce back with a slew of home games coming up with a doubleheader with Dordt next on the calendar. The Chargers and Defenders will begin play at 1 p.m. Friday at Bishop Mueller Field.