JACKSONVILLE, Ill. – Midland University Baseball traveled to Illinois for a four-game series with (RV) Concordia University-Ann Arbor on Sunday and Monday this week. The Warriors dropped the first three games against the Cardinals (2-7, 3-5, and 5-12) before winning the finale via shutout, 3-0.
Midland (7-9) has had to piece together their schedule this spring with multiple games being postponed or canceled due to the weather. Artificial turf fields like the one at Lenz Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Illinois are in high demand for many college teams.
In the series opener, a 7-2 victory for Concordia, the Cardinals put up three runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. Midland starter Andrew Davidson would settle down after that but still picked up the loss, going 4.2 innings allowing four hits and six runs while striking out two. In his final inning of work the Cardinals scored four runs to put the game out of reach. Midland would finally get on the board in their final at-bat, scoring twice after working the bases loaded.
Game two saw the Warriors take a 3-1 lead after three innings after Darius Johnson drove home both Edgar Gallardo and Bryan Smith with a single to leftfield in the top of the 3rd. In the top of the 4th it was Jack Barrios coming across the plate after Quinn Tassie was hit by a pitch.
In the bottom of the inning though the momentum shifted to the other dugout as Concordia regained the lead with four runs to make it 5-3. That was the final scoring play of the game as each team’s pitching and defense tightened up. Daylon Owens went a complete game, 6.0 innings, in the loss. He stuck out 8 batters, while allowing the five runs and spreading out nine hits.
Day two saw the Concordia bats come alive once again as they blitzed the Warriors with 12 runs in the first game. The Cardinals pushed home 3 or more runs in three difference innings, including the first inning when they scored 4 runs.
Midland was only able to score five runs in the game; one in the 1st, two in the 2nd, and two in the 6th. Austin Hamilton drove in two runs while Tyler Seebaum and Sam Braun each had one. On the mound it was Andrew Snook suffering the loss after starting and doing 2.0 innings. He gave up six runs on four hits.
In the final game Midland pitcher James Scurto had quite the day. He pitched a complete 7 inning games and allowed just three hits while striking out five Cardinal. The Warriors scored first with one run in the 3rd and then added two more in the 4th. Kyle Weber scored on a Matt Abdelnour double and then Gabe Settles drove in Dakota Thornton and Hamilton with a single.
Midland (7-9) will begin Great Plains Athletic Conference play this weekend as they take on Concordia (6-10) in Topeka, Kansas. Nearly every team in the GPAC will be playing their games at the Bettis Family Sports Complex, a facility with two completely turf fields. The Warriors and Bulldogs will play a doubleheader on Saturday, beginning at 10:00 a.m., and a doubleheader on Sunday, scheduled for 3:00 p.m.