PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Baseball) – The Bears returned home for the first time this season, but were unable to find an opening day win, as they fell to the visiting Concordia University by a score of 9-5 on Saturday afternoon at Branch Rickey Park.
The Bears offense was provided by Connor Kindred (FR/Elizabethtown, Ky.) with three RBIs and Brandon Reaman (JR/Dayton, Ohio) with two RBI's. Kindred finished the game 2-for-3, while Reaman was 1-for-4 including a run scored.
Concordia had a strong first inning pushing across three run. Zachariah Freeman (JR/Richmond, Texas) tried to answer for the Bears, lining a ball into center and stealing second, but SSU was unable to push a run across in the first inning. The visitors scored another three runs in the top of the third, claiming an early 6-0 lead.
The Bears surrendered another three runs, including two in the fourth inning and one in the sixth falling behind 9-0. Shawnee State began to respond in the bottom of the sixth, putting together a four-run inning. The runs came off the bat of Reaman who brought in Freeman and Kindred, who had a three-RBI double to center field. The Bears tried to rally in the seventh scoring off of a Reaman RBI double, but the Bears fell by a final score of 9-5
SSU saw strong relief performances from Joe Loyd (FR/Bidwell, Ohio), going one inning allowing zero runs and one hit, striking out one and Brandon Bonar (SR/Chillicothe, Ohio); one inning pitched, no runs or hits allowed and two strikeouts.
The Bears next game will be a doubleheader this Monday against Saint Francis and Fischer College. Game one of the doubleheader is set for a 10 a.m. start.