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One-Run Losses End Concordia-Austin's Div. III CWS Run
June 5, 2002

June 5---Concordia-Austin saw its baseball season end with a pair of one-run losses at the NCAA Div. III College World Series in Grand Chute, Wis. The Tornados (35-13) opened with a 10-inning, 5-4 loss to Eastern Connecticut University, then were eliminated with a 3-2 loss to Lakeland College.

CUA finished the tournament and season tied for seventh-place nationally, and made the first NCAA College World Series appearance by an ASC school. The Tornados became the third Conference team to finish among the nation's top seven, joining NCAA-III national runner-ups University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (women's golf) and McMurry University (women's track and field).

Eventual national champion Eastern Connecticut needed 10 innings to get by CUA 5-4 in the opening round game (May 24). The Warriors took a 1-0 lead in the second before Concordia-Austin tied the game in the fourth when Jake Decker scored on B.R. Wells ground out to second. Brad Detmore singled to left center in the sixth, driving in two runs to give CUA a 3-1 lead in the sixth. The Tornados added another run in the eighth when Detmore singled to left to score David White who had reached on an error to open the inning.

ECU had stranded seven runners through the first seven innings, but came up with key hits late to send CUA to the loser's bracket. The Warriors tied the game with three runs in the eighth, highlighted by pinch-hitter Eugene Julian's two-run double to left field. With one out and bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th, Morgan Thompson topped a 2-1 pitch that bounced high to third base, leaving Detmore with no play and sending the game-winning run across the plate.

Christopher Razook, working in relief of starter Scott Berkman, took the loss (1-3) while ECU reliever Thomas Spirito recorded the win (2-1). Berkman worked eight innings for CUA, striking-out five while allowing four runs, three walks and 10 hits.

Concordia-Austin ran into a game-controlling pitcher in its second tournament game vs. Lakeland College. Bo Heinmeyer (5-2) went the distance for the Muskies, forcing 17 CUA fly-outs and not allowing a Tornado runner into scoring position after the second inning.

Lakeland got on the scoreboard in the top of the second when leadoff hitter Matt Frelich homered down the left field line and second batter Aaron Gustman scored from third after reaching on a double to left center. Concordia tied the game in its half of the second. A left field single by Detmore scored Wells who had reached on a triple to right field. Detmore then moved to third on a two-base error by Heinmeyer and scored the tying run on a one-out sacrifice fly by Heath Owsley.

Muskies DH Hustman doubled to open the sixth inning and scored the game-winning run when shortstop Jim Kluck followed with a double of his own. CUA threatened in the bottom of the sixth, stranding runners at first and second, and left single runners on in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

Concordia scattered 10 hits – two for extra bases – led by Scott Bunting and Owsley who finished with two hits apiece. Chema Chavez took the loss (10-3) after throwing 7.2 innings for CUA, striking-out six and allowing four walks. Adam Unnasch struck-out three in 1.1 innings of relief.

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