Warriors Drop Heartbreaking Twinbill To Falcons

Photo Credit: Larry Radloff, d3photography.com
Photo Credit: Larry Radloff, d3photography.com

MEQUON, Wis. (WLCSports.com) - The Wisconsin Lutheran College baseball team suffered a pair of one-run walk-off losses Monday afternoon to the Concordia Wisconsin Falcons at Kapco Park. The Falcons scratched across the only run of the game in the opener for a 1-0 win in 10 innings, before erasing a four-run deficit and winning 12-11 in the nightcap.

  • Final Scores: Concordia Wisconsin 1, Wisconsin Lutheran 0 (10 Inn.); Concordia Wisconsin 12, Wisconsin Lutheran 11
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (11-19, 4-12 NACC), Concordia Wisconsin (13-15, 9-7 NACC)
  • Location: Kapco Park, Mequon, Wis.

  • Offense was hard to come by in the opening game pitchers' dual. The Warriors' first and only hit of the game came in the third on a Matthew Schulenburg (Hampshire, Ill.) single to center.
  • WLC starter Dylan Knoespel (Brillion, Wis.) allowed only one runner to reach second base through the first six innings.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran drew a pair of two-out walks in the ninth, its first base runners since the third, but the Falcons escaped the threat.
  • CUW loaded the bases with only one out in the bottom of the ninth, but Levi Schriefer (San Diego, Calif.) ended the rally with a fielder's choice and strikeout.
  • The Warriors had their leadoff man on in the 10th, but a fielder's choice and a pair of strike outs ended any possible rally.
  • Concordia Wisconsin put a runner on second in the 10th with a one-out double. After a ground out that moved the runner to third, the Falcons scored the game-winning run on a single to second for the 1-0 win.
  • Knoespel threw 8.0 shutout innings, scattering six hits and striking out seven. The junior right-hander has allowed just three runs over his last two starts (16.2 IP).

  • The Falcons jumped out to a 4-0 first-inning lead behind five hits for the early lead.
  • The Warriors plated their first run of the game in the second when Joey Tilley (Muskego, Wis.) reached on a fielder's choice then later scored after three wild pitches.
  • CUW added two more runs in the third on a pair of two-out RBI singles for a 6-1 lead.
  • WLC's offense erupted for eight runs in the fourth inning to take a 9-6 lead. Jack Schroeder (Bristol, Wis.), Schulenburg, Jake Schwall (West Allis, Wis.), Brannigan Hart (Davie, Fla.), and Sid Lehman (Theresa, Wis.) each had RBI hits in the inning.
  • Concordia Wisconsin got a run back in its half of the fourth on an RBI single for a 9-7 score.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran made it a three-run lead in the seventh after Schroeder drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk.
  • The hosts regained the lead at 11-10 in their half of the seventh after a two-run single and a pair of bases-loaded walks.
  • Hart knotted the game at 11-11 in the eighth after he laced a two-out double down the left field line that scored Ryan Dominick (Bartlett, Ill.) from first.
  • CUW had runners at the corners with two outs in the ninth when Jared Chesak reached on a fielding error that scored the game-winning run.
  • Hart led the Warriors with a 4-for-5, two-RBI performance at the plate, while Schwall and Schroeder also had two RBI.

  • Tyler Haffey went 3-for-4 for the Falcons in the 1-0 game one win. Charlie Rodriguez collected the lone RBI. Beau Wills pitched a scoreless 10th frame for his first win of the year. Johannes Haakenson finished 3-for-6 with two runs scored in game two. Niko Kutsulis earned the win after pitching the final scoreless inning of relief.

  • The Warriors jump out of conference play tomorrow for a doubleheader against Maranatha (2-16). First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at Washington Park in Watertown. Live stats will be available for both seven-inning games at WLCSports.com.