Baseball Ends Spring Break with Two Wins

Mar 13, 2020

Box Score vs. Ashland     Box Score vs. Concordia Chicago

AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The University of Dubuque closed out their spring break trip out-slugging the 14th ranked Division II Ashland University, 23-16 and won a pitching duel over Concordia Chicago, 1-0.

Ashland University (Mar. 11)

How It Happened
-The Spartans were originally scheduled to play UW-La Crosse but added Ashland, who is the 14th ranked team in Division II, to the schedule when UW-La Crosse had travel issues.
-The UD bats were alive from the start, scoring two runs in the top of the first and five more in the second to race out to a 7-0 lead.
-Ashland’s bats woke up in the third, putting a six pot in the top of the third to make it. UD got back almost all the runs they surrendered in the top of the inning in the bottom half, posting another five run inning, making it 12-6 through three innings and the slugfest was on.
-Ashland outscored UD in the fourth and fifth innings, 6-4 to pull within 16-12 and briefly got within one run with three runs in the top of the six.
-In the bottom of the sixth, six of the first seven runners for UD reached base and was capped with a JJ Valencia grand slam for a six run inning, blowing the lead up to 22-15
-After the Valencia grand slam, the scoring came to a near halt with each team scoring just one run in the seventh and no runs being scored over the final two innings, to end the shootout 23-16 UD.

At the Plate
JJ Valencia: 3-5, 5 R, 2 RBI, HR, BB
Zach McCoy: 2-3, 4 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB
Kellen Mitchell: 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB

On the Mound
Jordan Nelson: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 9 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
Ben Kettering: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
Tyler Milford:  4.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

vs. Concordia Chicago
How It Happened

-Friday morning’s game was the polar opposite of Thursday night’s game against Ashland as it took until the fourth inning for someone to score and it was the Spartans to score first. After reaching on a fielder’s choice, Justin Jensen stole second, advanced to third on a Mitchell groundout and scored on a fielding error.
-The UD pitching shut down the Cougars, not allowing more than one base runner until the sixth inning but left two on base to keep the lead at 1-0.
-The lead was still 1-0 heading into the ninth, where UD closer Derek Hardin made things interesting. The Cougars loaded the bases with two out but Hardin induced a ground ball to the third baseman to get out of the jam and secure his third save.

At the Plate
Daulton Kvenvold: 1-3, 2B
Luke Carroll: 1-3

On the Mound
Anthony Scanlon (W, 1-1): 6.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 H, 3 K, 1 BB
Tyler Carlson: 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 K, 1 BB
Derek Hardin (S, 3): 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB

This was the final game of the season as the American Rivers Conference has canceled the remaining of the spring sports season