Panthers open with doubleheader sweep of Beloit

 It didn't take the Concordia Panthers long to get untracked offensively.
Opening the season on the road against Beloit, the Panthers racked up 37 runs in sweeping a doubleheader on Monday.
Concordia defeated the Trojans 22-13 in the first game, and rolled to a 15-3 victory in the second game.
“With so many new starters we didn't quite know what to expect at the plate. The first couple of innings we swung at some bad pitches. I think it was just jitters. After the first couple of  at bats, the guys settled down, which kind of led to some quality at bats,” Concordia coach Brandt Hutchinson said.
Tanner Gilbert walked and scored on a double by Jordan Mehl in the top of the first inning to put the Panthers on top to stay in game one.
Concordia made it 3-0 with two runs in the second inning.
Colby Trost walked and scored on a passed ball.
Braden Johnson was hit by a pitch, and Drake Hake drove in a run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Beloit scored one run in the bottom of the second inning.
Taking advantage of four walks, Concordia scored five runs in the third inning to extend the lead to 8-1.
“We adjusted to the zone and took advantage of that,” Hutchinson said.
A run in the fourth inning gave the Panthers a 9-1 cushion.
Concordia put up six runs in the top of the fifth inning, and led 15-1.
Mehl and Skyler Hittle walked to lead off the inning, and Trevor Tholstrup singled.
Trost knocked in a run with a single.
With two out, and the bases loaded, Hake hit a grand slam home run.
Hake drove in six runs in the game, and scored three.
Beloit sent 12 batters to the plate, and scored nine runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, and trailed 15-10.
Bowe Behmeyer hit a grand slam in the inning.
Mehl launched a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning to put Concordia up 16-10.
Beloit answered with a  run in the bottom of the inning.
Concordia scored six runs on one hit, four walks, an error and a hit batter in the top of the seventh inning to push the lead to 22-11.
Beloit added two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Mehl pitched the first four innings to get the win. He allowed one run on one hit, struck out five and walked six.
Ethan Bechard worked two-thirds of an inning and gave up eight runs  on five hits. He walked three.
Johnson pitched the final two and a third innings, and allowed three runs on four hits. He struck out one.
Tholstrup and Trost drove in two runs each for Concordia.
Mehl had two hits and scored three runs.
In the second game, Beloit grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
Concordia went on top to stay with seven runs on four hits, two walks and an error in the top of the third inning.
Four Panthers scored on passed balls.
Beloit scored one run in the bottom of the third.
It was still a 7-3 game when Concordia scored four runs in the fifth inning.
Four runs in the sixth inning gave the Panthers a 15-3 advantage.
Mehl had a run-producing triple in the inning.
The game ended after six innings because of the 10-run rule.
Hittle pitched all six innings to get the win. He gave up three, struck out six and walked two.
“Jordan and Skyler both pitched well for the first time out,” Hutchinson said.
Mehl had two hits for the Panthers.
Concordia hosts Sacred Heart next Monday.

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