Cougars Earn First Wins Of The Year In Baseball 19 Mar 17

BASEBALL
Saturday
AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The Minnesota Morris baseball team recorded their first wins of the Florida trip and first wins of the season Saturday in recording a doubleheader sweep of Lawrence University.

The Cougars put up crooked numbers in both the third and fourth innings and it would be prove to be all they would need in a 10-4 game one victory. UMM scored four times in the third to overcome a 2-0 deficit. Trent Johnson singled to lead off the frame and he quickly made it home on a Chandler Erickson triple. Lucas Luedtke followed with an RBI single to tie it at 2. Later, Zach Kuefler brought in a pair with a single to give the Cougars a 4-2 edge.

UMM added three more in the fourth. The rally started again with a Johnson base hit, this time a double. He would later score on an error. Luedtke and Jackson Gessell would also come across for runs that would give the Cougars a 7-2 lead.

The Cougars would add single runs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings. Kuefler went 4-for-4 in the opener with three RBIs. Johnson added three base hits as the Cougars belted out 15.

In the second game, Minnesota Morris again spotted Lawrence two runs before taking the lead for the first time in the fifth. Lawrence tied it at 4 in the sixth, before the Cougars got the go-ahead run in the bottom half as Bryce Jergenson scored the eventual-winning run on an error.

Mitch Reller pitched six solid innings to get the win. He struck out six while allowing five hits. Tyler Hannan pitched a perfect seventh to record the save.

Sunday
AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The Minnesota Morris concluded a busy stretch of games Sunday at the RussMatt Invitational in central Florida with a pair of close losses to Lesley University.

In the opener, the Cougars fell behind 6-0 after one inning, but worked to claw their way back until the end. Joey Hyde settled down after the rough first and allowed only two runs the rest of the way to get the seven-inning complete game.

The Cougars scored single runs in the second and third and then two more in the fourth to trim the deficit to 6-4. In the fourth, Chandler Erickson had a key double to put two runners in scoring position. Lucas Luedtke drove in a run on a groundout and Jackson Gessell had a run-producing single.

Lesley scored twice in the sixth to make it 8-4, but the Cougars countered with two in their half of the frame. Evan Ellingworth delivered a 2-RBI single. Minnesota Morris dropped the second game in extra innings (8 innings), 4-3.

The Cougars used four hits to plate two runs in the fifth that gave UMM a 3-2 edge. The first of the runs scored on a sacrifice fly from Luedtke. Donnie Mavencamp drove in Erickson with a single that gave the Cougars the lead.

Lesley scored in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 3 and it would remain that way until the eighth. Lesley loaded the bases with no outs and won the game with a walk-off sacrifice fly. Minnesota Morris (2-10) returns home to host Maranatha Baptist a week from Friday for their home opener.

SOFTBALL
Saturday
CLERMONT, Fla. – On their fifth day of games in Florida, the Minnesota Morris softball team dropped games to both St. Lawrence University and Union College.

The Cougars fell to St. Lawrence 10-4 in the first game of the day. They scored all of their runs in the fifth with three of the runs coming off the bat of Elli Stevenson as she delivered a bases-loaded triple.

In the 4-2 loss to Union in the second game, the Cougars cracked nine hits with Autumn Mahoney and Emily Nordquist each getting a pair a piece. Nordquist homered in the second to tie the game at 1. Becca Holland had a run-producing single in the fifth.

Minnesota Morris (2-12) concludes play in Florida Sunday with a rematch against St. Lawrence followed by a tilt with Oberlin.

Sunday
AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The Minnesota Morris concluded a busy stretch of games Sunday at the RussMatt Invitational in central Florida with a pair of close losses to Lesley University.

In the opener, the Cougars fell behind 6-0 after one inning, but worked to claw their way back until the end. Joey Hyde settled down after the rough first and allowed only two runs the rest of the way to get the seven-inning complete game.

The Cougars scored single runs in the second and third and then two more in the fourth to trim the deficit to 6-4. In the fourth, Chandler Erickson had a key double to put two runners in scoring position. Lucas Luedtke drove in a run on a groundout and Jackson Gessell had a run-producing single.

Lesley scored twice in the sixth to make it 8-4, but the Cougars countered with two in their half of the frame. Evan Ellingworth delivered a 2-RBI single. Minnesota Morris dropped the second game in extra innings (8 innings), 4-3.

The Cougars used four hits to plate two runs in the fifth that gave UMM a 3-2 edge. The first of the runs scored on a sacrifice fly from Luedtke. Donnie Mavencamp drove in Erickson with a single that gave the Cougars the lead.

Lesley scored in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 3 and it would remain that way until the eighth. Lesley loaded the bases with no outs and won the game with a walk-off sacrifice fly.

Minnesota Morris (2-10) returns home to host Maranatha Baptist a week from Friday for their home opener.