Schmidt shines in shutout of Defenders

Hastings College freshman Vinny Schmidt winds up prior to a pitch on March 30, 2018 against Concordia (KHGI)

After Grant Svec blanked Dordt in game one, game two saw another shutout from the right arm of Vinny Schmidt, leading the Broncos to a 6-0 victory.

Behind Schmidt's performance, the Broncos recorded back-to back shutouts, something not achieved since April 20, 2011 against Mount Marty.

The freshman from Hastings High School threw 7.0 innings and only allowed three hits, while striking out eight Defenders. Schmidt is on a tear to start his collegiate career, starting 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA on the back of 21.1 innings. Schmidt has allowed eight hits and struck out 26 batters.

The Bronco bats were much quieter in the second game, collecting six earned runs on seven hits. Grant Kraus was the only Bronco with two hits, but he was unable to bring anyone in. Tynan O'Brien was 1 of 2 with a couple RBI on a double in the bottom of the 4th, providing all the offense the Broncos would need.

They scored four more runs in the bottom of the 5th inning which was ravaged by two Dordt errors, allowing the Broncos to keep the inning alive.

Hastings College (13-16, 5-3 GPAC) is at Dakota Wesleyan for a pair of games on Tuesday (3 p.m. start), then head to Sioux City for two more on Wednesday (3 p.m.) at Morningside.

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