The Bethel College baseball team split a non-conference doubleheader with Concordia University on a blustery Wednesday afternoon in Mishawaka. The Pilots dropped the first game by the score of 5-2 before capturing game two by the score of 8-7.
Jerrod Long took the mound in the opener and took the loss throwing six innings while allowing five hits and five runs (four earned).
The Pilots actually out-hit the Cardinals 7-5 but were only able to push across two runs on those seven hits while Concordia combined their five hits with six base on balls to account for their offensive output.
Brant Jones was the starter in game two and was the beneficiary of a huge seven run inning in the fourth to help him earn the victory.
In the fourth Cory Stoner and Kyle Revella led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Jordan Long was then hit by a pitch to load the bases before Drew Eads popped out to short. Mike Reiner opened up the scoring as he drove in Stoner with a single to left. Reiner, however, was robbed of a second RBI on the play as the Concordia left fielder threw out Revella at home as he attempted to score from second on the single. Casey Weaver then moved Long in and Reiner over with a bunt single down the third base line. Evan Pulliam then became the second Pilot to be hit by pitch in the inning to load the bases for Cody Nealeigh. After a pitching change, Nealeigh reached base on a misplayed grounder which allowed Reiner to score. With the bases still loaded, Ethan Zartman busted the inning wide open with a clutch three RBI double to deep left-center field. Revella closed out the big inning by adding one more run with an RBI single to drive in Jonathan Shembarger who came in to run for Zartman.
Despite the huge inning the game was still in doubt heading into the seventh inning. With the Pilots up three runs, Concordia mounted a comeback and scored two runs and had the game tying runner on third base with two outs. Clint Nealeigh earned the save, however, after inducing the Concordia pinch hitter into a bouncer up the middle which was fielded by shortstop Drew Eads. Eads fired the ball over to first base where Jordan Long made a game saving scoop of the ball in the dirt to record the game's final out.
The Pilots continue their non-conference home stand next Tuesday with a doubleheader with Aquinas College starting at 2:00 pm.