Douglas Named NABC All-West Dist. First Team Selection 13 Mar 18

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Player of the Year, CD Douglas, received another honor Monday as he was a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-West District First Team selection.

Players from three other Minnesota institutions join Douglas on the All-West team: Collin Olmscheid (Augsburg), Tyler Weiss (Saint John’s), and Kevin Grow (Carleton).

Douglas rewrote the Cougar record books during his four-year tenure at Minnesota Morris. He ranks first all-time in points (1960), first in free throws made (478), second in assists (455), second in field goals made (721), and third in rebounds (538). This season he led the UMAC in scoring (22.2/game) and steals (46), and free throw percentage (90.0), and was second in assists (4.0/game) and field goal percentage (54.2).

Minnesota Morris finished 2017-18 with a 12-15 overall record and 9-7 mark in the UMAC. After defeating Crown in the UMAC quarterfinals, they fell to Bethany Lutheran in the semifinals.

CLERMONT, Fla. – Minnesota Morris plated a total of nine runs over two games Monday, but fell in both contests to Delaware Valley (8-4) and Scranton (6-5).

Against Delaware Valley, the Cougars led 2-1 after one. Michelle O’Rourke connected with a two-out, two-run single that scored Autumn Mahoney and Megan Knickerbocker.

It remained 2-1 until the fourth when Delaware Valley scored four times in the frame and added three more in the fifth to take an 8-2 lead. The Cougars would get two back in the sixth. A Kallie Wycoff single plated Madison Kugler-Hoekstra and that was followed by a Mahoney double that scored Wycoff.

Knickerbocker went 2-for-4.

Against Scranton, the Cougars allowed six first inning runs, but held them scoreless the rest of the way as they attempted a comeback.

UMM cut their lead in half in the top of the third. A Wycoff 2-RBI single scored Mahoney and Knickerbocker. Later, Nicole Newham drew a bases loaded walk to make it 6-3.

The Cougars got an RBI single from Lacey Sullivan in the fourth and got scored off an error in the fifth to trim their deficit to 6-5. UMM went down in order in the final two innings though to halt the comeback attempt.

Lydia Mann pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless relief to keep the Cougars in the game.

Minnesota Morris (2-10) wraps up Florida play tomorrow.

AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The Minnesota Morris baseball team opened their eight-day Florida excursion Monday with a game against Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham. Sam Melchior tossed seven solid innings, but the Cougars fell, 4-2.

The Cougars spotted the Devils two first-inning runs. They scored single runs in the second and third to tie the contest at 2. Brady Jergenson started the second with a double down the right field line. He was sacrified over to third then scored on a Mitch Baumann sacrifice fly.

In the third, Zach Kuefler hit a one-out single to right center. Jackson Gessell followed with a single to move Kuefler to third. Blaise Fairbanks delivered another sacrifice fly to plate Kuefler to tie the game.

FDU-Florham regained their lead by scoring two in the fourth to take a lead they would not relinquish.

The Cougars had runners as far as third base in the sixth and eighth innings, but were unable to score.

Melchior struck out eight. Gessell picked up two hits.

Minnesota Morris (0-3) plays a doubleheader tomorrow against Lesley.