Sophomore Ryan Lust drove in two runs with a home run and a double and junior Henry DeCaster allowed one run and eight hits over 6 2-3 innings as St. Thomas Baseball scored a 3-1 victory over No. 7-ranked Concordia-Chicago in a nine-inning game Sunday in Waverly, Iowa. That avenged Saturday's 7-1 UST loss to the Cougars.
DeCaster (1-1) walked three and struck out eight. Sophomore Shaun Falbo retired all seven batters he faced, five by strikeout, to earn his first save of the season. Falbo has not allowed a run in 12 career appearances covering 18 1-3 innings, and has given up just two hits.
The Cougars (9-3), who had a seven-game win streak halted, left 10 on base as DeCaster worked out of several jams.
St. Thomas (1-5) led Wartburg 3-0 in the sixth inning, but later gave up nine runs in the bottom of the eighth and lost 12-3 in a nine-inning game. Starter Drew Molin threw four shutout innings in his first appearance of the season. Sam Cobbs and Jimmy Dolan had two hits each, and Jake Smith had an RBI double.
No. 7-ranked Concordia-Chicago slapped 13 hits and never trailed in Saturday's 7-1 win over St. Thomas in a nine-inning non-conference game played in Waverly, Iowa.
CUC (8-2) used three pitchers, and that trio stranded nine St. Thomas baserunners and combined on a seven hitter, with no extra-base hits allowed.
Starter Ryan Zimmerman allowed four runs in five innings. He struck out seven and walked two. Freshman Graham Laubscher allowed three runs in 3.1 innings.
On Sunday, St. Thomas faces Concordia at noon, and plays Wartburg at 3 p.m. in a pair of nine-inning games.