Four Games, Four Cougar Wins On Thursday 12 Apr 18

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BASEBALL
ST. PETER, Minn. – In home games moved to the field turf at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, the Minnesota Morris baseball team opened UMAC play with a doubleheader sweep of Crown, highlighted by a 6-run ninth inning rally in the opener.

Game 1: UMM 6, Crown 5
Crown starting pitcher Gideon Dunn held the Cougars scoreless through eight innings before UMM finally got to him in the ninth. Bryce Jergenson led off the ninth with a single to left. Blaise Fairbanks followed with a double to center to score Jergenson from first. Zach Kuefler drove in pinch runner, Mack O’Neil with a single to left to make it 5-2. Crown pulled Dunn, but the Cougars kept the rally going against two more Crown relievers. Later, Jackson Gessell pulled the Cougars within two on an RBI single to right. Nick Peterson walked to load the bases the Brady Jergenson drew another walk to pull the Cougars within 5-4. Two batters later, Bryce Jergenson was hit by a pitch with the bases still loaded to tie the game at 5. Pinch hitter Julien Shadle came off the cold bench and delivered the game-winning hit on a single to right to score pinch runner, Levi Jahnke to give the Cougars the comeback victory. UMM recorded 14 hits led by Gessell 4-for-5 effort with three doubles. Bryce Jergenson had three hits in four at-bats. Thomas Eckstein had a pair of doubles as the Cougars belted eight doubles. Starting pitcher Sam Melchior struck out ten over seven innings.

Game 2: UMM 14, Crown 2 (7 inn.)
The Cougars used that momentum to build a big early lead in the second game. UMM tallied three in the first then added six in the second. Gessell continued his onslaught with doubles in each of the first two innings and brought his total to five doubles in the twin-bill. Fairbanks and Nick Peterson added RBI singles to help give UMM a 9-0 lead. The Cougars added four in the fourth. Eckstein delivered an RBI triple and Blake Haugen added an RBI double in the frame. Starting pitcher Michael Head tossed six shutout innings while striking out eight to get the win.

After more postponements in advance of another snow storm, Minnesota Morris (3-13, 2-0 in UMAC) is next scheduled to play Martin Luther Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Northwestern’s field turf in St. Paul.

SOFTBALL
MORRIS, Minn. – In home games moved up from Saturday to the field turf at Big Cat Stadium, the Minnesota Morris softball team swept North Central Thursday to gain their first wins of the conference season by scores of 11-0 and 9-6.

Game 1: UMM 11, NCU 0 (5 inn.)
The Cougars put an early end to the opener by scoring multiple runs in each of the first three innings. The 2-run first inning was highlighted by a Kallie Wycoff RBI triple. UMM added six in the second with half of the runs made courtesy of Megan Knickerbocker. Her 3-run home run to left gave the Cougars a 5-0 lead. Wycoff and Becca Holland added RBI singles to extend the lead to 8-0. Knickerbocker started another spurt in the third. She led off the frame with a double to center. Lacey Sullivan would drive her in with a single. Later, Autumn Mahoney drove in a pair with a single to center to give the Cougars a double-digit edge. Knickerbocker and Mahoney each collected three hits. Sullivan, Wycoff, Holland, and Clare Hamer each had two base knocks. Madison Langrehr tossed the first four innings, only allowing two hits to record the win.

Game 2: UMM 9, NCU 6
The bats continued to be alive in the second game as the Cougars scored runs in each of the first four innings. North Central had their bats going as well as the game was tied at 5 in the fourth. UMM opened up a lead in their half of the frame to take command. Wycoff delivered another RBI triple to start a 4-run rally. Later, Lydia Mann drove in Mahoney with a double. Emily Nordquist and Sullivan each grabbed two hits as the Cougars had 10 in the nightcap. Mann was given the victory as she tossed four innings in relief.

Minnesota Morris (8-20, 2-6 in UMAC) is next scheduled to play Monday at Martin Luther.