ABILENE, Texas -- Hardin-Simmons' baseball team dropped the opener of its American Southwest Conference Series against Concordia, 6-1, on Friday night at Hunter Field.
The game was a pitcher's duel threw the first six innings.
Concordia got on the board in the first inning when Brent Schaekel reached on an error to start the game and then back-to-back walks loaded the bases with no outs. Andrew Burns hit a sacrifice fly to center field and then HSU starter Jordan Dotson got Brandon Hollier to hit into a double play to escape further damage.
Dotson (3-1) worked the first five innings and did not allow an earned run while giving up just two hits. However, the Cowboy offense could not get him a run and he left with a 1-0 deficit after five innings and 100 pitches.
Bristan Clingman was solid for the Tornados as he went four and one-third innings and did not allow an earned run. He left in the fifth after a single and sac bunt to start the inning. Austin Rupert relieved him and went the rest of the way to move to 3-1 on the year. Rupert worked four and two-third innings and struck out eight batters while allowing just one unearned run.
Concordia pushed the lead to 4-0 in the seventh when Tyler Bain walked and Quinn Guest singled. Brent Schaekel drove Bain in with an RBI single. Guest and Schaekel then pulled off a double steal and the throw by Chris Matthews went into left field to allow Guest to score and Casey Skalaban squeeze bunted Schakel home to make it 4-0.
HSU scored in the seventh on an RBI single by Caleb Jacques. Concordia added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth on a pair of bases loaded walks.
Trey Thompson had two of the five HSU hits and Schaekel had two of the eight hits for Concordia.
The Cowboys are now 12-8 on the year and 2-2 in ASC play. Concordia improved to 12-11 overall and 4-0 in ASC play. The teams will play a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.
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