Cobbers Play Small-Ball To Earn Late Win Over Cougars 06 Apr 17

MORRIS, Minn. – The Minnesota Morris baseball team fell behind early, took a late-inning lead, but Concordia-Moorhead scored the go-ahead run in the ninth to take an 8-7 victory away from the Cougars Tuesday afternoon at the Cougar Diamond.

The Cougars fell behind 5-1 in the fourth, but scored six unanswered runs to take a two-run advantage. UMM scored twice in the fourth to pull within 2. Zack Kuefler’s RBI single scored Donnie Mavencamp then Trent Johnson’s double down the right field line plated Blaise Fairbanks.

Minnesota Morris tied the game at 5 in the fifth. After Connor Spindler singled to lead off the frame, Jackson Gessell followed with a run-scoring triple to center. Two batters later, Gessell scored the tying run on a double from Mavencamp. The Cougars took the lead in the seventh. With two outs, Evan Ellingworth’s double to left scored Spindler from first. Mavencamp followed with a single and Ellingworth would come around and score on an error to make it 7-5 Cougars after seven.

The Cobbers countered with two in the eighth to tie it at 7, then scored the go-ahead run in the ninth on a squeeze play. Ellingworth had three doubles for the Cougars and drove in two runs. Mavencamp and Fairbanks each had two hits.

Minnesota Morris (5-12) heads to the road for a Friday doubleheader at Hamline.