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Minnesota Duluth & Concordia – Tale of 2 Games

Minnesota Duluth   Concordia

As I wrote in my game preview article this morning, Concordia was about to play their toughest opponent of the season this morning in a double header against Minnesota Duluth.  The 2 teams kicked off play at 9am in the controlled atmosphere of the Metrodome.  The teams came away with a split as Concordia (5-1) dominated the first game, winning 8-4 before Minnesota Duluth (2-1) came back to win the 2nd game even bigger by a score of 9-1.

In game 1, the Golden Bears sent Jake Schmidt to the mound in his 2nd start.  Schmidt was just named Northern Sun Conference Pitcher of the Week for his performance against Northern State in Concordia’s opener.  This start definitely didn’t go as easily as it did last week as Schmidt gave up 8 hits in 6 innings and recorded only 5 strikeouts instead of the 13 he garnered last week.  That said, when he left the game after 6 innings his team held a commanding 8-2 lead and he notched his 2nd win of this early season.  If the Bulldogs could have sent center fielder, Will Dahlgren and shortstop, Tyler Erickson, to the plate each at bat it might have been a different game.  The pair combined for 7 of Duluth’s 10 hits in a perfect day at the plate.  Concordia was paced by catcher, Chris Herbert, who hit home runs in each of his first 2 at bats and finished with 5 RBI’s and 3 hits to lead his team.  It sounded like Golden Bear pitcher, Kirk Ingram, tied the team career record for appearances with his 51st trip to the mound.

In game 2, Concordia took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning but it was all Bulldogs after that.  Starting Minnesota Duluth pitcher, Bryan Denisen, was outstanding as he gave up only 2 hits in 5 innings pitched to get the win.  Josh Taran came in for the final 6 outs and only gave up 1 hit.  The Bulldogs offense was equally effective as they pounded out 15 hits.  They were led once again by Will Dahlgren (3-4) and Tyler Erickson (2-3) but it was senior David Olson who was 4-4 to lead the offense in their 9-1 rout.  One of the most important points in the game might not show up in the boxscore.  With Duluth up 4-1, NSIC preseason player of the year, Brenden Furrow came to the plate for Concordia to lead off the top of the 4th inning.  He and Denisen had a 12 pitch marathon battle that went FBKBFFFFBFF before Furrow grounded out.  If he’d have reached base instead it might have just made a difference.

Concordia is off until Wednesday February 25th when they face Division 3 foe St. John’s at the Metrodome.  Minnesota Duluth’s next games are in Joplin, MO when they travel to play 4 games against Missouri Southern on February 21st and 22nd.

Update – here are the write ups from each school:  Minnesota Duluth Recap  Concordia Recap

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Concordia vs. Duluth Today – Follow It Online

Concordia  Minnesota Duluth

We are entering the slowest week of the Northern Sun baseball schedule as Concordia University plays Minnesota Duluth today in the only mid-week games on the schedule.  The teams will face off in a double header starting at 9am which will be played at the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis.  Cost of admission is $5.

The game will feature a clash of undefeated teams as Concordia comes into the game at 4-0 and Minnesota Duluth at 1-0.  Concordia has looked really good so far and is living up to their billing as a preseason conference favorite.  It is interesting that their opponents have gotten progressively higher up the Northern Sun preseason rankings.  Their first opponent, Northern State University, was projected to finish 12th in the Conference and the Golden Bears beat them 4-0 and 19-0.  The second opponent, University of Mary, was projected to finish 10th and Concordia won 4-0 and 8-3.  Today’s opponent, Minnesota Duluth, is projected to finish 8th in the conference and beat University of Mary themselves in a close game on Saturday UMD vs. Mary Recap

One would expect that Concordia will send their preseason Northern Sun Pitcher of the Year, Jake Schmidt to the mound for his 2nd start of the season.  In the season opener he was outstanding in pitching a complete game shutout, giving up only 2 hits and matching his career high with 13 strikeouts.  Schmidt has also been one of the leaders at the plate with a .417 average which is 3rd only to Jon Stockton’s .667 average and Chase Brown’s .571.

Concordia is also providing 2 ways for fans to follow the game today via the Internet.  You can listen live Concordia Radio Broadcast, you can follow the game with their live stats option Concordia Live Stats or do both!


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