Lourdes jumped out to an early lead in game one of Saturday's doubleheader at Mercy Field, but Concordia (Mich.) silenced the Gray Wolves' bats for the rest of the afternoon as the Cardinals swept a Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference doubleheader 9-2 and 5-1.
Josh Redies (Saline, Mich./Saline H.S.) hit a two-out fly ball that was dropped in the bottom of the first in game one, scoring two runs, staking Lourdes to an early lead. Those two unearned runs would be the only runs that the Gray Wolves would score in the game though.
Concordia answered with four runs in the second to take the lead for good and added another in the third. A two-run fourth inning increased the lead to 7-2 and the Cardinals added single runs in both the sixth and ninth innings.
Codey Harrison gave up just three hits in four innings of work while Scott Morse earned the win with four more innings of scoreless relief. Kyle Vandecaveye (Ida, Mich./Ida H.S.) suffered the loss, giving up five runs, four earned, on eight hits in two innings on the hill.
Game two was a pitcher's duel most of the way. Concordia scored single runs on a sacrifice fly in both the second and third innings before Lourdes found the scoreboard. Cole Fitzgerald (Rome, N.Y./Centerville [Ohio] H.S.) doubled to lead off the fourth and scored on a two-out single by Kyle Sherman (Collierville, Tenn./Rossville Christian Academy).
The Cardinals answered with another run in the fifth and tallied two more insurance runs in the seventh.
Nate Snow (Tucson, Ariz./Palo Verde H.S.) suffered the loss, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits in six innings on the hill. Kyle Adoranti picked up the win allowing one run on four hits in five innings of work.
Fitzgerald went 3-for-3 for Lourdes in the nightcap.
Lourdes (2-12, 2-6 WHAC) is slated to return to the diamond on Tuesday afternoon when the Gray Wolves travel to Bluffton. First pitch is set for 4:15 p.m. at Memorial Field in Bluffton, Ohio.