The Gustavus baseball team was unable to overcome early deficits in each game of a doubleheader as it was swept by Concordia by the scores of 15-0 and 10-6 on Friday in St. Peter. The Cobbers scored five runs to start the first game and six runs in the beginning of the second game to force the Gusties to play from behind in both games. Gustavus dropped to 11-11 overall and 4-2 in the MIAC, while Concordia improved to 8-5 overall and 2-2 in the league.
The Cobbers raced out to a 5-0 advantage in the first inning of game one as they scored five runs on five hits off Gustie starting pitcher Adam Bren, who went on to receive the loss. Kyle Johnson padded Concordia’s lead in the next frame when he hit a two-run home run over the left center field fence to go ahead 7-0. The Cobbers added eight runs in the final three innings to cruise to a 15-0 victory. Concordia pitcher Adam Johnson stymied the Gustavus offense as he struck out six batters and limited the Gusties to three hits to earn the complete game win. Mike DesLauriers, Spencer Campion, and Cody Sukalski recorded the hits for Gustavus. The Gustie pitching staff struggled with their control as they gave up ten walks during the contest.
The second game began in similar fashion as the Cobbers scored six runs in their first at-bat. However, Gustavus came alive in the bottom of the first frame as six consecutive batters reached base safely through a series of singles, walks, and a hit batter. Concordia relief pitcher Joe Torrison came in the game to record the next two outs, but not before the Gusties made the score 6-3. The Cobbers added another run in the second after hitting two straight doubles to take a 7-3 lead.
Tory Herman started a rally for Gustavus in the bottom of the third inning when he ripped a double that bounced to the right field fence. Later in the frame, the Gusties took advantage of a Concordia fielding error as Matt Morgan and Brandon Boyd came around to score to pull within one run at 7-6. Gustavus had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning with Mike DesLauriers on second base with two outs, but a caught foul ball ended the rally for Coach Mike Carroll’s squad. The Cobbers started the top of the seventh inning with a pair of singles before scoring three runs to go ahead 10-6.
Offensively, the Gusties were paced by Tory Herman, who went 3-for-4 and scored two runs. Nate Ruff joined Herman with multiple hits as Ruff went 2-for-4. Matt Morgan also drove in two runs during the game. Derek Eddie started the game on the mound for Gustavus, but only pitched one inning after Concordia scored six runs. Andrew Woitas pitched six relief innings and gave up four runs on eight hits as he suffered the loss.
The Gusties continues conference play on Saturday as they face Bethel in Arden Hills at 1 p.m.
Game 1 Box Score