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Pilots Blank Concordia 4-0

May 5, 2008

PORTLAND, Ore. --- Five Portland pitchers combined to hold the Concordia Cavaliers scoreless as the Pilots picked up a 4-0 non-conference win on Monday afternoon at a sun-splashed Joe Etzel Field. UP starter Mark Triolo allowed two hits and struck out three in 3.0 innings of work to pick up the win.

Triolo, a junior right-hander, didn't walk a batter and improves to 5-4 this season.

Portland is now 19-25 overall, while Concordia concludes its regular season with a 16-25 mark.

Four different Pilots knocked in a run during the win. Junior 1B Chase Powell opened the scoring for Portland with an RBI double in the bottom of the third inning. Powell knocked in junior DH Bryant Kraus with a smash down the right-field line off of CU starter Ross Conway (3-5).

Conway worked three innings and picks up the loss for the Cavaliers. He allowed just one run on four hits. Four relievers followed Conway on the mound for CU.

Up 1-0, Portland touched reliever Zac Manor for two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Freshman LF Tyler Thompson opened the frame by drilling a double to deep center field. Sophomore 3B Clayton Shaw then picked up the RBI with a run-scoring single up the middle that brought Thompson home from second base.

After Shaw worked his way to third on a sacrifice bunt and a fly out, freshman SS Riley Henricks knocked an RBI single to left field to make it a 3-0 game.

Portland's final run came in the bottom of the sixth inning against CU reliever Dylan Smith. With one out, Brown singled to center field before swiping second base. Senior 2B Brandon Howard then smacked a single up the middle that scored Brown.

Concordia's best chance to score came in the sixth inning when the Cavaliers loaded the bases with no outs and senior LHP David Gruener on the mound. With a ball and no strikes to Josh Mandin, junior reliever Matthew Lange took over for Gruener on the mound. After Mandin ran the count to 3-0, Lange came all the way back to strike Mandin out swinging on a wicked slider.

Lange then induced an inning-ending double play by Shawn Turner. Lange got he play started by fielding the soft grounder off of Turner's bat. Lange got the force out at home before Brown fired to Powell at first for the third out.

Triolo and Gruener both worked two innings of scoreless relief. Freshman relievers Scott Burris and Zach Varce worked the eighth and ninth innings respectively. Burris struck out two of the three batters he faced.

Portland out-hit Concordia 12-9, while the Cavaliers committed the game's only error. Henricks, Kraus and Thompson each had a pair of hits for UP.

The Pilots next host the Washington Huskies for a non-conference game on Tuesday at Joe Etzel Field. The Pilots and Huskies are set to play at 3:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, Portland is slated to travel to Corvallis to resume its suspended game against the Oregon State Beavers. The game was suspended by rain on April 15 in the bottom of the fourth inning with OSU leading 3-0.