Baseball Drops Spring Break Opener

Mar 8, 2020
Dubuque 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 5 8 1
 North Park 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 X 7 9 2

Box Score

AUBURNDALE, Fla. - The University of Dubuque baseball team began their 2020 spring break trip with a 7-5 loss at the hands of North Park University.

How It Happened
-UD did not waste any time as Justin Jensen drilled a two out triple to right center to plate Kellen Mitchell for the 1-0 lead after the top of the first. 
-The Vikings rattled off three runs over the first and second innings to take the lead at 3-1 through two innings.
-After three scoreless innings, the Spartans stormed back in the fifth. JJ Valenica getting hit by a pitch began a one-out rally, as the Spartans played small ball to plate three runs in the inning and regain the lead at 4-3
-That lead would not last long, as North Park once again answered back with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame to regain the lead. 
-Daulton Kvenvold came up clutch for the Spartans in the eighth with UD still trailing by one. Kvenvold doubled to left left to score Mitchell Pomeroy from second to tie it at five all.
-However, on the next batter, Kvenvold was thrown out at home on a fielders choice to keep the score tied through 7.5 innings before North Park scored two of their own in the bottom of the eighth for the win.

On the Mound
Jordan Nelson: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER,  BB, 3 K
Anthony Scanlon (L): 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

At the Plate
Kellen Mitchel: 2-4. 2 R, 1 BB
Daulton Kvenvold: 3-4, 1 RBI

Up Next
UD takes on UMass Dartmouth on Monday at 9 a.m. central time.