Late-inning heroics have been a common occurrence for the University of Jamestown baseball team this season.
The Jimmies nearly pulled off another big rally Monday at the NAIA national tournament in Hutchinson, Kan.
Trailing 8-4 with two outs in the top of the ninth, Jamestown rallied to cut Concordia's lead to 8-7. With the bases still loaded, Kory Wolden lined out to right field to end the game.
"I know we're a team that isn't going to go down easily, we're going to fight to the end. We showed that today," UJ coach Tom Hager said. "Unfortunately, we made some mistakes on the hill we don't normally make; we didn't play as well defensively as we typically do; and we didn't capitalize when we had runners in scoring position."
"Make no mistake about it, it's a tough loss."
The Jimmies led 3-2 after six innings before the two teams combined for nine runs over the last 2 1/2 innings.
"We played our butts off today," Hager said. "I tip my cap to Concordia for a heckuva battle.
"We're very disappointed with the loss. We just gotta find a way to come back (today) at 11 a.m. with our season on the line."
The Jimmies face Tabor, the host team of the Hutchinson Bracket.
The Jimmies did everything except win on Monday. They outhit Concordia 14-8, but stranded 12 baserunners. Landon Uetz finished just a single shy of the cycle, including a two-run home run in the top of the third inning. Alex Sablan also slugged a long ball. Quinn Irey collected three hits. Sablan, Christian Shouman and Peter Pennylegion finished with two hits each.
Pitcher Jerome Byndloss allowed two runs in the first inning and two runs in the seventh, but nothing in between. He finished with eight strikeouts.
The Jimmies (40-20) have thrived this season with their backs against the wall.
"No matter who we play (today) it's going to be one of the best teams in the country, that's what the seeds say," Hager said. "We've beaten those types of teams this season and we have to do it again tomorrow, twice."
Concordia 8, Jamestown 7
UJ 003 000 013 -- 7 14 1
CU 200 000 24x -- 8 8 0
Jerome Byndloss, Lance Kotter (7), Beau Rabedeaux (8), Eric Evans (8) and Quinn Irey. Jason Munsch, Desmond Pineda (8) and Ryan Fesmire. W--Pineda. L--Kotter. HR--UJ, Landon Uetz, Alex Sablan. CU, Jake Adams.
Highlights: UJ, Uetz 3-5 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B, 3B, HR; Tyler Ludlow 1-4 R, RBI, BB; Alex Sablan 2-4 HR, RBI, BB; Irey 3-4 RBI; Peter Pennylegion 2-2 RBI BB; Scooter Turin 1-3 RBI, BB; Christian Shouman 2-4 R; Byndloss 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO; CU, Casey Berg 2-4 2 R; Christian Meza 2-4 R, RBI; Adams 1-4 HR, 3 RBI; Munsch 7 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO; Pineda 2 IP, 5 H 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO.