Esteban BustillosManaging Editor
The baseball team lost in a 5-2 contest to Concordia, knocking them out of the ASC tournament. The top-seeded Tornados only outhit the Comets 7 to 6 , but the major difference was the 3 errors committed by UTD.
Concordia will advance to play for the ASC championship against LeTourneau. The Tornados hosted the tournament as a reward for being the regular season ASC champions.
The Comets earned a run in the top of the 1st and 4th innings, but Concordia was able to respond each time with a run of their own in each of those innings. The Tornadoes put the game away with two runs in their last at bat.
Junior Nick Cummings was able to strike out five over the course of seven innings, but that wasn’t enough as the Comets could only muster six hits and left nine runners on base over the course of the game.
The Comets were able to take the first lead of the game with a run by Tanner Gandy in the first inning. After that, however, they never retook the lead. The closest they came was a 2-2 tie in the top of the fourth that was broken by Concordia scoring on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning. The Comets’ loaded the bases in top of the fifth, but couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity.
The Tornados were playing at the top of their game on offense, with five different Tornados scoring runs. Defensively, starter Kiel Harmon was able to secure the win, striking out five batters and only giving up two runs.
The Comets needed just one more win to advance to the ASC championship game, which UTD has never won. The Comets have lost four times in the final over the course of the program’s history.
This year marked the sixth straight appearance for UTD in the ASC tournament and their eleventh overall. The tournament had a series of highlights for the Comets, including junior right-hander Tyler Dauer striking out 13 hitters for a UTD post-season record in the Comet’s first-round win over Sul Ross State. UTD was able to survive twice in elimination situations in this tournament before the loss to Concordia.