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SOFTBALL
MORRIS – The University of Minnesota Morris softball team (9-11, 0-2 UMAC) opened up Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) play with a pair of losses to the Bethany Lutheran Vikings (12-7, 2-0 UMAC) Sunday afternoon at Big Cat Stadium. The Vikings tallied a 6-2 win in the opener before posting an 8-3 victory in the finale.

In the first game of the afternoon, Marissa Allen and Michelle O’Rourke both went 2-for-3 and recorded an RBI. Despite falling 8-3 in the second game, Kallie Wycoff went 3-for-4, which included a double.

Game One Recap
After three scoreless innings for both teams to get the afternoon going, Bethany Lutheran scored the first run of the game in the top of the fourth to take a 1-0 lead over Minnesota Morris.

The 1-0 deficit didn’t last long for the Cougars as a pair of singles to center from Allen and O’Rouke put Minnesota Morris in front, 2-1, after four innings. The Vikings then responded in the top of the fifth with a run to tie things up at 2-2.

With the game tied at 2-2 heading into the seventh, the Vikings scored four times to take a 6-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh. The Cougars went down in order to give Bethany Lutheran the 6-2 victory.

Game Two Recap
Unlike the slow start to the first game, the Vikings jumped out to a 7-0 lead after scoring three times in the first and four times in the second. Bethany Lutheran then added another run in the fourth to make it an 8-0 game.

The Cougars cut into the Vikings’ lead with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. For Minnesota Morris in the fourth, Lacey Sullivan flew out to right to score Wycoff and then Grace Penke tallied a pair of RBI to bring the Cougars within five.

Bethany Lutheran kept Minnesota Morris in check down the stretch to secure the 8-3 win.

The Cougars are back in action on Wednesday, April 3, in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota, to take on Crown. The doubleheader gets underway at 3:30 p.m.


BASEBALL
ST. PAUL – The University of Minnesota Morris baseball team (2-8) took on the Carleton Knights (3-6) in a non-conference doubleheader Sunday evening. The Vikings took the first game by a score of 9-2 before the second game being suspended after seven innings of play complete with the score tied at 5-5. Game two of the doubleheader will resume on Friday, April 19, in Northfield, Minnesota.

Game One Recap
After 3.5 innings of scoreless baseball, Carleton took a 2-0 lead over the Cougars in the bottom of the fourth. In the top of the fifth, Minnesota Morris responded with a two-run single to left field from Thomas Eckstein to tie things up at 2-2.

With the game tied at 2-2, Carleton rattled off seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it 9-2 in favor of the Knights.

Game Two Recap
The Cougars struck first in game two with an RBI from Brady Jergenson in the bottom of the first to make it 1-0. Then in the third inning, Josh Doss doubled to left field to give the Cougars a 2-0 lead over the Knights.

Carleton got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth with a pair of runs to tie the score at 2-2. The tie game didn’t last long as an error from the Carleton shortstop scored Nick Peterson in the bottom of the fourth.

With the score at 3-2 in favor of the Cougars, Jergenson hit a two-run shot to left field to extend the lead to 5-2 after five innings.

Carleton responded with three runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game once again, this time at 5-5.

Neither team would find the go-ahead run down the stretch and the game will resume in the top of the eighth inning on Friday, April 19, in Northfield, Minnesota.

The Cougars are slated to host Valley City State on Wednesday, April 3, at 2:30 p.m. in Morris, Minnesota.


TRACK & FIELD
COLLEGEVILLE – The University of Minnesota Morris track & field program opened up its 2019 outdoor season with nine top-10 performances in school history at the St. John’s Invitational Sunday afternoon.

“We had less than ideal weather conditions today with sub-40 temps and snow throughout nearly the entire meet, but we made the most of it,” head coach Jessica Devine said. “We ended up with a handful of PRs, and nine top-10 performances. Having only been outside for about a week, the team was very happy with how the day turned out.”

Trent Merkins took third in the men’s shot put with the No. 2 mark in school history (48-2) and 10th in the hammer throw with a distance of 129-10. Also in the men’s shot put, Alex Boyd placed seventh with a mark of 40-11.75, which is the No. 10 distance at UMN Morris.

The Cougars set a pair of top-10 times in school history in the women’s 3,000-meter run. For Minnesota Morris in the women’s 3,000-meter run, Katherine Novak posted a time of 10:51.89, which is the No. 2 time in school history, to finish fifth, and Paige Stearns ran 11:42.87, which is the No. 8 time in school history, to place 11th.

Novak also finished runner-up in the women’s 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:57.2. Along with Novak in the women’s 1,500-meter run, Kaitlyn Ladwig finished ninth (5:16.4).

In the women’s 100-meter hurdles, Emily Ciesynski took second with the No. 6 time in school history (16.20) and Brooke Hogan placed third (16.80). Ciesynski also finished first in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with her time of 65.64.

Jessica Bliese and Brennyn DePaulis finished back-to-back in the women’s shot put, as Bliese took fourth (37-7.25) and DePaulis tied the No. 9 mark in school history (37-6.75) to finish fifth.

Bliese also posted the No. 10 mark in school history (140-4) to finish fourth in the women’s hammer throw. Along with Bliese, Kari Didier placed eighth (124-10) and DePaulis took ninth (122-6).

Jenica Moes finished fifth in the women’s discus throw with the No. 8 mark in school history (114-7) and Adrianna Bibeau took eighth (103-8).

The Cougars placed third and fourth in the women’s 100-meter dash as Olivia Salzwedel ran 13.66 and Jenna Benson clocked in at 13.78. Moving up to the women’s 200-meter dash, Salzwedel placed 11th with a time of 29.27.

The women’s long jump saw Benson finish fifth with a leap of 15-6, which is the No. 9 mark in program history.

Sophomore Justin Pearson posted a time of 11.56 to place second in the men’s 100-meter dash.

Brennen Meyer recorded a pair of top-10 finishes as he finished eighth in the men’s 400-meter dash with a time of 57.28 and he took ninth in the men’s 200-meter dash with a time of 25.46.

Ryan Anderson clocked in at 4:12.60 to finish sixth in the men’s 1,500-meter run and moving up to the men’s 5,000-meter run, Edmund Cease tallied a top-10 finish with his time of 17:07.90 to place ninth.

In the men’s 110-meter hurdles, Cole Kvistero ran a time of 21.00 to place third.

Lukas Petersen took 11th in the men’s discus throw with a distance of 120-2.

Sierra Walker finished fifth in the women’s high jump (4-5) and 10th in the women’s 800-meter run (2:58.10). In the men’s 800-meter run, Jace Leabo finished fifth with a time of 2:21.22.

McKenna Vininski cleared a height of 8-2.75 to finish ninth in the women’s pole vault.

The Cougars now head to St. Paul, Minnesota, for the Hamline Invite on Saturday, April 6.

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