Cory Hilgenkamp tossed a complete game two-hit shutout and went 2-3 at the plate with a two-run home run to lead Nebraska Wesleyan to a 6-0 shutout victory over Concordia University on Tuesday afternoon (Apr. 6) at NWU Field in Lincoln. Game two was dominated by Concordia pitcher Steven Ivanoff who held NWU to just four hits as the Bulldogs won 4-1.
NWU (7-8, 3-5 GPAC) struck early in game one, as Hilgenkamp sent a blast over the left field wall to put the Prairie Wolves up 2-0. From there, he controlled the game on the mound, not allowing a hit until the fourth inning, and just two total. He struck out eight and walked only one in his pitching gem.
The Prairie Wolves added one run in the fifth on a RBI double by Josh Ostrom, then scored two more in the sixth. Andy McGowan had an RBI single, and Zach Munford scored on a throwing error. The final run came in the seventh as Brady Beckman doubled, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Munford.
Munford was 3-3 with a double, while McGowan, Hilgenkamp, Beckman and Bryon Janata each had two hits to lead the NWU offense.
Game two was played at Densmore Park in Lincoln to use the lighted facility. NWU was unable to figure out Concordia pitcher Steven Ivanoff, who held the Prairie Wolves bats at bay on the cold, windy night.
The Bulldogs (9-19, 6-2 GPAC) got a run in the first inning to go up 1-0. NWU scored in the top of the second as they took advantage of two Concordia errors to tie the score at 1-1.
In the bottom of the second, Concordia scored three runs on three hits to go up 4-1, and that would end the scoring for the game.
NWU starting pitcher Ryan Dolezal settled in and threw all six innings allowing six hits and four earned runs. Ivanoff was more impressive for Concordia throwing the complete game with seven strikeouts and no walks.
Nebraska Wesleyan will hit the road this weekend for a pair of GPAC doubleheaders. They play at Briar Cliff on Saturday in Sioux City, and at Dakota Wesleyan on Sunday in Mitchell, S.D.