BASE: Deemer and DeWitt derail No. 6 Concordia

BASE: Deemer and DeWitt derail No. 6 Concordia

AUBURNDALE, Florida -- Sophomore Cameron Deemer threw an eight-inning gem as the Heidelberg University baseball team upset No. 6 Concordia University of Chicago, 3-2. Deemer struck out a career-high 10 while scattering seven hits.

Heidelberg remains unbeaten on the season, a perfect 3-0. Justin DeWitt had two doubles and drove in a pair. Evan Long also had a pair of hits on the day.

After wasting a DeWitt leadoff double in the third, Heidelberg broke the scoreless tie in the fourth inning. Long dumped a single down the left field line and moved to second on a Parker Fronk single through the right side. Long scored on a Matt Psychas flare to right center, thanks to an excellent jump. The throw home allowed the runners to advance to second and third. The pair scored on DeWitt's second double of the day -- giving the orange-clad Student Princes a 3-0 lead.

The Cougars (2-2) answered with two unearned runs in the home half of the fourth off of Cameron Deemer. After allowing a leadoff double, Deemer (2-0) retired the next two. He looked to have a chance to get out of the inning unscathed, as the Cougar baserunner broke for third too early and Deemer had an easy pickoff throw to third. Unfortunately, his throw to Kyle Slovick at third was in the dirt. Concordia's Keegan Tyrell drove in the runner with a double off the top of the wall in left field. He scored in a single through the right side.

Concordia had opportunities to tie the game off of Deemer, but stranded runners in scoring position in the fifth and seventh. Deemer worked a full eight innings, allowing seven hits and striking out 10. Both of his runs were unearned.

"Cam had an exceptional start for us today," said head coach Chad Fitzgerald. "He threw a lot of strikes and kept Concordia off balance."

Cougars starter Keaton Conner (0-1) went six innings, allowing the three runs on six hits. He struck out seven Heidelberg hitters. The Student Princes managed just one hit off of reliever Brian Musielak.

In the ninth, Heidelberg turned to reliever Joey Wenning. A leadoff single and groundout put a Cougar on second base with one out. Tyrell sent a blistering line drive to second, where Evan Long snared it off his shoetops, then spun and threw to shortstop Joey Rydzewski to double off the Concordia pinch runner.  For Wenning, it was his first career save.  

DeWitt, a freshman, has had two doubles in two of the three games this season.

"Justin has a really advanced approach offensively," said Fitzgerald. "He got pitches he could hit and came up huge in a big spot."

The Student Princes are of to their first 3-0 start since their 8-0 start in 2015.

"This is a good win against a very good team coming off of a World Series appearance … But it's early, so it doesn't mean a whole lot," said Fitzgerald. "I think it shows us that we can compete at that caliber."

Heidelberg returns to action on Monday. They face Mitchell College (3-1) at the North County Regional Park in Port Charlotte. First pitch is slated for 11 a.m.