CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Wartburg scored six unanswered runs to close the game, as they took the rubber match from Coe College 9-5 at Daniels Park Wednesday afternoon. Coe is now 15-9 overall and tied for second in the Iowa Conference at 7-5.
With one out in the bottom of the first, senior Scott DeAngelis (Clinton, Iowa/Clinton) walked on a full count. DeAngelis moved to second on a ground ball before scoring on a two-out RBI single to left center by senior Adam Nisenson (Crystal Lake, Ill./Central). On the next pitch, senior Sean Raisch (Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale) hit his second home run of the season to right center, giving the Kohawks an early 3-0 lead.
The Knights added a run in the third on an RBI single through the left side by Ryan Doty, as he plated Nick Massina. Coe got the run back in the bottom of the third. DeAngelis led off the inning with a single to center field before junior Nick Stein (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) singled through the left side. A bunt single by Nisenson loaded the bases. Raisch then grounded into a double play, as DeAngelis scored on the play.
Wartburg cut Coe's lead to 4-3 in the top of the fifth, but the Kohawks again had an answer in the bottom half of the inning. Stein walked to start the inning before stealing second, tying the career record for steals. After moving to third on a ground ball, Stein scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Raisch.
With two runs in the sixth, Wartburg tied the game at five. The Knights then scored a run in the seventh and three in the eighth to break the game open. Coe left two runners on base in both the seventh and ninth innings.
DeAngelis, Stein and Nisenson led the Kohawks with two hits apiece, while Raisch drove in three runs. DeAngelis scored twice. With four at-bats on the day, Nisenson became the sixth player in school history with over 500 at-bats. Stein finished with three steals, breaking Travis Wiltgen's '06 record of 48 steals.
Raisch made his 48th appearance on the mound, the fifth most in school history. In five innings pitched, Raisch struck out four and walked two, while giving up two earned runs on eight hits. Freshman Connor Alberhasky (Iowa City, Iowa/City) suffered his first loss on the hill in an inning and a third. He gave up one earned run on three hits. Senior Alex Korth (Geneva, Iowa/Hampton-Dumont) struck out one and gave up one hit in 1 2-3 innings.
The Kohawks return to action on Friday, as they face Loras in a nine-inning Iowa Conference game. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Dubuque.