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Late rally lifts SMSU baseball team past CU

February 28, 2013
Marshall Independent

Scoring seven runs in the final two innings of play, the Southwest Minnesota State baseball team rallied for an 8-7 comeback win over Concordia-St. Paul Wednesday in Game 1 of a doubleheader at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

Game 2 of the doubleheader was suspended in the top of the sixth inning with the Golden Bears up 3-1 on the Mustangs due to a time limit at the Metrodome. The game is scheduled to resume at a later time this spring. SMSU visits Concordia on April 24 in St. Paul.

SMSU (3-2 overall) took its time to get going offensively in Game 1 of the doubleheader. Concordia (3-4) had a 5-1 lead through five innings before the Mustangs struck for three in the sixth. After CU added two more runs in the top of the seventh, the Mustangs rallied again with a four-run seventh inning, clinching the win with a pinch-hit, two-run double by Jon Ellis.

The Mustangs began the seventh-inning rally with a single by Ryan Engels, who moved to second on a walk to Ben Korger. Jordan Kontz then singled home Engels before Brian Ness came up with an RBI single to score Korger and cut the lead to 7-6.

With runners on first and second, Kyle Young grounded out to move the runners up a base. After an intentional walk to Jarred Carlson to load the bases, Ellis hit a 1-2 pitch into the right-center field gap to give the Mustangs the victory.

Young and Carlson both finished with two hits for the Mustangs, and Steven Kremer had a double and two RBIs. Both teams finished with 10 hits for the game.

Fact Box

CU 100 130 2-7 10 0

SMSU 010 003 4-8 10 0

CU-Andy Fagely, Nicho Roessler (6), Colton Petron (7). SMSU-Steven Wehr, Corby McGlauflin (4), Ryan Ecalbarger (5), Eric Giddings (7), Brandon Alfson (7). WP-Alfson. LP-Petron. 2B: CU-Eric Fasnacht, Drew Turk, Mick Sawinski; SMSU-Kyle Young, Steven Kremer, Jon Ellis. 3B: CU-Elliot Powell.

Steven Wehr got the start on the mound for the Mustangs and pitched 3 2/3 innings. He gave up two runs and four hits with four walks and a strikeout.

Brandan Alfson ended up earning the win for SMSU. He faced two batters in the seventh, allowing a hit and recording a strikeout.

The Mustangs continue non-conference play at the Metrodome on Tuesday with a doubleheader against Mayville State (N.D.) starting at 11:45 a.m.



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