Bluefield Daily Telegraph
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. —
The Concord University baseball team lost its first game of the 2013 NCAA Tournament Thursday, dropping a 5-4 decision to Millersville at Gene Hooks Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The loss means Concord (36-19) will face Winston-Salem State at 11 a.m. this morning in an elimination game.
Junior first baseman Joey Miller was 2-for-3 with one home run. Sophomore third baseman Ryan Johnston and freshman outfielder Andrew Seigel both recorded two-hit games with one RBI each.
Senior outfielder Jacob Mays was CU's fourth player to tally two hits Thursday, going 2-for-3 with one walk. As a team, Concord out hit Millersville 11-8.
The Mountain Lions wasted little time getting on the scoreboard early as Seigel and senior outfielder Devin Smith led off the game with back-to-back singles leading to Johnston shooting a one-out single to left field to bring Seigel across home plate, giving Concord the early 1-0 lead.
Millersville retaliated with a run of its own in the bottom of the first when Zach Stone hit an RBI-dobule to left-center that scored Jeremy Musser, who walked earlier in the inning.
The Mountain Lions retook the lead after Mays and sophomore second baseman Jerrod Groves produced a pair of one-out singles, Seigel stepped to the plate and slapped a an infield single that brought Mays to make it a 2-1 game in favor of Concord.
Millersville answered back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second and two more in the third inning to take a 5-2 lead.
Miller started the Concord comeback with a home run, his 14th of the year, in the fifth inning. Junior relief pitcher Tim Leather came on for Concord starter Ryan Weatherholtz (4-2) in the sixth inning and threw three shutout innings.
Johnston belted a double to lead off the eighth inning that forced Millersville to pull starting pitcher Tim Mayza with Miller stepping to the plate. The junior slugger would walk and Johnston proceeded to take third base on a wild pitch. Johnston scored on a groundout by senior shortstop Josh Wenger to pull Concord to within one run at 5-4.
However, the Mountain Lions were retired in order in the ninth by Zipko for the save.
Weatherholtz lasted five innings for Concord, striking out four batters and giving up all five runs on eight hits. Leather struck out three of 10 batters faced.