Baseball Season Ends Just Before Title Game

Baseball Season Ends Just Before Title Game

MEQUON, Wisconsin – The MSOE baseball team saw its successful season come to an end one game from a second NACC title game appearance in three seasons with a 13-3 loss to Concordia Chicago on the final day of the 2018 NACC Championship Sunday morning at Kapco Field.

The Raiders (25-19) were done in early by an eight-run third inning by the Cougars (32-11) and were unable to recover.

MSOE's season comes to an end with a school record 25 wins and unprecedented runs of 20 wins and league tournament appearances in each of the last three seasons. The program had never won 20 games in three-straight seasons while the three-straight trips to the NACC post-season are the Raiders' only since joining the NACC in 2008.

Seniors Ryan Newman and Garrett Willems each had two hits in their final collegiate games. Newman scored twice and Willems drove in a pair. Newman also wrapped his career up with a 25-game hitting streak, the fourth-longest in NACC history.

Freshman Justin Bickman also reached base safely in his 25th-straight game.

CUC jumped out to a 9-0 lead after three innings before MSOE got on the board with a run in the fourth. Newman led off with a double and came in to score two batters later on a Willems single. The duo was back at it in a two-run sixth inning. Bickman led off with a single and scored on Newman's double. Two batters later, Willems drove in Newman with another base hit. That brought the deficit to 10-3 before The Cougars put the game away with a run in the sixth inning and two more in the eighth.

Seven different pitchers took the mound for the Raiders, with freshman Kyle Jablonski tossing a scoreless seventh inning. He allowed one hit but got a double play to face the minimum.