By Harrison LaLone, Sports Information Student Assistant
Winter Haven, Fla. - The Alma College Baseball traveled to Chain of Lakes Park, the former spring training facility for the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians, on Thursday (March 2) to face Concordia College (MN). Alma picked up its first win of the season, downing the Cobbers by a 7-1 margin.
In his first start of the season on the bump for the Scots, junior Eric Frontzak (Naperville, Ill. / Montini Catholic) pitched his first career complete game, holding onto a no-hitter until the final out of the afternoon.
The last complete game for Alma came last season when current senior Alex Valasek (Saginaw, Mich. / Nouvel Catholic Central) threw a no-hitter against Olivet College on May 6, 2016.
The second inning brought the first of two three-run bursts for the Scots in support of Frontzak. Senior Adam Thoryk (Syracuse, N.Y. / John C. Birdlebough / St. John Fisher College) put the Scots on the board first with a two-RBI single to left field, scoring freshman Ben Finzel (Saginaw, Mich. / Swan Valley / USC Salkehatchie) and senior Alex Peczynski (Farmington Hills, Mich. / Detroit Catholic Central). The third run of the inning came from a single by freshman Jaret Koin (Sterling, Mich. / Standish Sterling Central) which scored Thoryk.
The second three-run burst came in the eighth. With the bases loaded, junior Nick Swanson appeared at the plate. During the at bat, Concordia's Joe Hallock threw a wild pitch, advancing each runner and scoring Jaret Koin. Later in the at bat, Swanson fired a line drive through the gap and into left field, scoring both senior Greg Goffee (Dexter, Mich. / Dexter) and junior Matthew Minaudo (Clinton Township, Mich. / De La Salle Collegiate).
The final out of the day proved to be the most difficult in Frontzak's pursuit of a no-hitter. With two strikes on Concordia's Zack Nelson, Nelson put the ball in play in the left side of the infield on an awkwardly high bounce between Peczynski and Thoryk. Although the effort was made to stop the ball, the throw to first base could not be made.
The Scots will finish their stay in Florida on Friday, March 3, with a 9:00 a.m. game against Rockford University (IL), followed by a matchup with Saint Mary's College (MN), which is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.