Seward- The Hastings College baseball team went to Concordia to play a key GPAC match-up, but were unable to seize their opportunities in what would end up being a slugfest, dropping game one of the rain-shortened series on Tuesday 10-8.
Game one started well for Hastings (24-19, 13-10), as Reed Stone (JR/Sutton, NE), Ty Neill (SR/Ogallala, NE), and Will Frei (SR/Omaha, NE) got three consecutive 2-out walks to load the bases, but a lineout ended the inning with no runs scored.
Concordia was the first on the board with two runs in the 3rd off a walk and sacrifice fly to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.
Hastings answered back in the top of the 4th, as Zach Petersen hit a leadoff single, Eric Anderson (JR/Lincoln, NE) walked, and Ty O'Brien (JR/Omaha, NE) hit a bunt single to load the bases with no outs. Brandon Utrup (JR/Lincoln, NE) hit a single up the middle to get the first run in, Stone grounded out to score pinch runner Donato Santos (SR/Manitou Springs, CO), and Frei hit a 2-run, 2-out double to give Hastings a 4-2 lead over Concordia.
The back-and-forth affair continued with Concordia three runs off four hits, but left the bases loaded to make the game 5-4 in favor of the Bulldogs.
Hastings was able with a 1-out single by Stone, followed by Neill and Frei both getting hit by pitches to load the bases. Alex Utrup (JR/Lincoln, NE) grounded out to advance the runners and get a run in. Grant Kraus (JR/Castle Rock, CO), who came into the game pinch hit for Luke Christensen (SR/Davenport, NE), got a clutch 2-run double to score pinch runner Daniel Stohlmann (FR/Manley, NE) and Neill to give the Broncos a 7-6 lead in the 6th inning.
The Bulldogs were able to get the lead back with a 4-run bottom of the 6th off three hits and an error to give Concordia a 10-7 lead over the Broncos.
Hastings put up a fight in the top of the 7th as O'Brien singled, Brandon Utrup reached on an error, and Stone singled to load the bases and the tying-run at the plate. Frei got an RBI-walk, but a strikeout ended the game.
Frei had another strong offensive showing, going 2-for-2 with two walks, a hit by pitch, and three RBIs.
Due to inclement weather, game two was postponed until Wednesday at 6 p.m.