SEWARD, Neb. – The top two teams in the GPAC baseball standings faced off Tuesday night with (RV) Midland University and Concordia University settling for a split. The Warriors and Bulldogs also split a doubleheader played in Fremont last month.
Torrey Escamilla pitched Midland to a 6-1 victory in the opener before Concordia’s Jason Munsch shut out the Warriors in the finale, 10-0.
Escamilla (9-0) tossed his team-leading third shutout of the season. He allowed just one run on six hits over 7.0 IP while striking out five Bulldogs. Escamilla’s win total ranks second in the NAIA. The junior right-hander also leads the GPAC in strikeouts (63) while ranking second in innings pitched (64.2).
The Warriors were gifted three unearned runs in the opener courtesy of four Concordia errors in the game. MU struck for four runs in the first frame and that was all the support Escamilla would need.
Tanner Bos drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the first run of the game and Chris Foster followed with a two-run single to center. Justin Trevino drove in the fourth run of the frame, and second unearned run, with a fielder’s choice.
Robert Cummins went 2-for-3 in the game and added an RBI in the fourth inning. Foster finished the game 3-for-4.
Following a 10-hit performance in Game 1, the Warriors were limited to just three hits in the nightcap as Munsch shined for Concordia.
Game 2 was a complete mirror of the opener as the Warriors defense surrendered three unearned runs on four errors while the Bulldogs excelled in all phases.
Midland sent five pitchers to the mound as starter Dillon Cotner (2-2) lasted only one inning and was charged with the loss.
Shea Bennett was perhaps the lone bright spot for MU in the finale. He allowed an unearned run on just one hit over 3.2 IP while striking out five batters. It was his first scoreless outing in his last five appearances.
Midland (32-13, 14-6 GPAC) remains atop the conference standings with Concordia (23-16, 12-6 GPAC) close behind at second place. MU has eight GPAC games remaining.
The Warriors conclude the road portion of their schedule this weekend with a four-game series at Hastings College. First pitch of the doubleheader on Saturday is set for 1 p.m.