FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University got a pair of quality pitching performances on Tuesday night as they swept Concordia University to remain perfect in GPAC play. Bryan Smith and Torrey Escamilla were both solid on the mound as they limited the Bulldogs to just one run in each game of the doubleheader. Midland won the first game 3-1 behind Smith and their bullpen and then saw Escamilla go the distance in a 9-1 victory in game two. The Warriors improve to 16-9 (4-0 GPAC) on the season while the Bulldogs fall to 14-9 (2-2 GPAC).
Making his first collegiate start on the mound, Bryan Smith allowed three hits and struck out three batters in 4.2 innings of work. Normally a middle infielder, Smith allowed no runs in his second pitching appearance of the season. He was aided at the plate by a pair of runs in the second and another in the third.
In the second the Bulldogs gifted the Warriors a two runs as Matt Abdelnour reached on a walk and then moved into scoring position on a balk by the Concordia pitcher. Nate Calles walked as well before Bailey Bliss advanced Abdelnour to third on a long fly ball to centerfield. Billy Brand was also received a free pass to load the bases with just one out.
All three runners moved up a base, with Abdelnour scoring, a ball go past the Bulldogs catcher. Then after Andrew Brooks walked to load the base up again, another balk by the pitcher brought home another Midland run.
In the fourth inning Bliss was hit by a pitch and later scored as Brand singled to move him into scoring position and Brooks drove him home with an RBI single.
Concordia starter, Jason Munsch, went the distance in game one despite control and balk issues allowing three runs while striking out nine and walking four. Smith earned the win for the Warriors while Brand, who started the game at shortstop, came on in relief to earn the save.
Game two saw a quietly dominant performance from Torrey Escamilla. The senior pitched a complete game allowing one run and five hits in seven innings. He struck out 10 of the 25 batters he faced to improve his season record to 4-0. Dating back to last year, he is 17-0 over his last 24 starts.
The Warriors offense put up nine runs in the second game, scoring in every inning except for the second. They struck for one in the first inning as Buddy Balsino singled and drove in Armando Fajardo. In the third Midland plated three runs. Tanner Bos hit a double which scored Justin Trevino before Nate Calles singled and drove Fajardo and Bos home.
After allowing the Bulldogs to get a run back in the top of the fourth, Fajardo homered and drove in two to extend the lead to 6-1.
Midland scored once in the fifth as Brand drove in Abdelnour then twice in their final at bat in the sixth. Balsino drove in Trevino and Fajardo, who both reached on a walk, to seal the 9-1 victory.
The Warriors will be back in action this weekend as they take on Northwestern in a pair of doubleheaders. What originally was scheduled for a DH at Midland on Friday and DH at Northwestern on Saturday, has been flip flopped. Midland will travel to Orange City, Iowa on Friday for a 2:00 p.m. doubleheader and host the Red Raiders the next day at Moller Field. First pitch on Saturday in Fremont is set for 2:00 p.m. at Moller Field.