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MEN’S TENNIS
ST. PAUL – The University of Minnesota Morris men’s tennis team (4-8, 2-4 UMAC) split a pair of matches on Friday afternoon. The Cougars defeated the North Central Rams (2-13, 1-6 UMAC), 6-3, in a non-conference contest before falling 9-0 to the Northwestern Eagles (12-7, 4-0 UMAC) in an Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) match.

Match One (6-3 Minnesota Morris)
Singles Competition
1. Jack Flicker (UMM) def. Judah Smith (NCU) 6-0, 6-0
2. Cole Peters (UMM def. Micah Peterson (NCU) 6-0, 6-0
3. Kenny Knudson (UMM) def. Noah Ramsby (NCU) 3-6, 6-2, 10-6
4. Franklin Real (UMM) def. Rodrigo De Mendoza (NCU) 6-4, 6-3
5. Danny Williams (NCU) def. Gannon Youakim (UMM) 6-4, 6-6 (4-7), 10-7
6. Kyler Cooper (UMM) def. Josiah Williams (NCU) 6-0, 6-2

Doubles Competition
1. Jack Flicker/Cole Peters (UMM) def. Judah Smith/Micah Peterson (NCU) 8-3
2. Noah Ramsby/Rodrigo De Mendoza (NCU) def. Kenny Knudson/Franklin Real (UMM) 8-4
3. Danny Williams/Josh Ekong (NCU) def. Gannon Youakim/Jason Vang (UMM) 7-6 (7-3)

Match Two (9-0 Northwestern)
Singles Competition
1. Landon Ridpath (UNW) def. Jack Flicker (UMM) 6-1, 6-0
2. Davis Pfaff (UNW) def. Cole Peters (UMM) 6-1, 6-0
3. Austin Bricker (UNW) def. Kenny Knudson (UMM) 6-0, 6-1
4. Tyrus Studer (UNW) def. Gannon Youakim (UMM) 6-0, 6-1
5. Isaac Velgersdyk (UNW) def. Jason Vang (UMM) 6-0, 6-0
6. Caleb Quernmoen (UNW) def. Kyler Cooper (UMM) 6-0, 6-2

Doubles Competition
1. Davis Pfaff/Austin Bricker (UNW) def. Jack Flicker/Cole Peters (UMM) 8-0
2. Landon Ridpath/Matthew Wedin (UNW) def. Kenny Knudson/Franklin Real (UMM) 8-1
3. Colton Paskewitz/Tyrus Studer (UNW) def. Gannon Youakim/Jason Vang (UMM) 8-0

The Cougars return home to face Bethany Lutheran on Tuesday, April 23, at 3 p.m.


WOMEN’S TENNIS
ST. PAUL – The University of Minnesota Morris women’s tennis team (4-6, 3-3 UMAC) dropped an 8-1 result to the Northwestern Eagles (10-9, 3-0 UMAC) Friday afternoon.

Singles Competition
1. Nikki Paskewitz (UNWW) def. Maddie Johnson (UMM) 6-2, 6-1
2. Emily Knight (UNWW) def. Kate Obright (UMM) 6-2, 6-0
3. Sam Tate (UMM) def. Gracie Lebrun (UNWW) 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 (10-5)
4. Mafee Rinta (UNWW) def. Kat Burquest (UMM) 6-1, 6-3
5. Jessica Gross (UNWW) def. Hannah Godzala (UMM) 6-1, 6-3
6. Bridget Zappe (UNWW) def. Katie Auger (UMM) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles Competition
1. Nikki Paskewitz/Emily Knight (UNWW) def. Maddie Johnson/Kate Obright (UMM) 8-5
2. Gracie Lebrun/Mafee Rinta (UNWW) def. Sam Tate/Kat Burquest (UMM) 8-7 (7-2)
3. Jessica Gross/Bridget Zappe (UNWW) def. Hannah Godzala/Katie Auger (UMM) 8-3

The Cougars return home to face Bethany Lutheran on Tuesday, April 23, at 3 p.m.


BASEBALL
MORRIS – The University of Minnesota Morris baseball team (3-15, 1-5 UMAC) split a pair of games against North Central (9-10, 2-2 UMAC) on Friday afternoon at Cougar Diamond. North Central took the first game 7-4 before Minnesota Morris picked up a 5-1 win in the finale.

For the Cougar offense, Julien Shadle picked up three RBI in game one and Blaise Fairbanks had two RBI in game two.

Game One Recap
The Cougar offense came out roaring in the first game with four runs in the top of the first inning. In the opening frame, Brady Jergenson hit a solo homer to center field to put the Cougars on the board at 1-0. Three batters later, Shadle hit a three-run shot to left field to make it a 4-0 contest.

North Central cut into the Minnesota Morris lead with three runs in the bottom of the second to get within one at 4-3. The Rams then tallied a run in the fifth and the sixth to take a 5-4 lead.

With the score still at 5-4 in favor the Rams heading into the bottom of eighth, North Central tacked on two more runs. North Central held the Cougars off the board in the top of the ninth to secure the 7-4 victory in the opener.

Game Two Recap
Similar to the opener, the Cougars jumped out to an early lead. In the first inning Nick Peterson singled to left center to score Mack O’Neil to make it 1-0. Minnesota Morris then added three runs in the second via an O’Neil single and a two-RBI single from Fairbanks.

In the sixth inning, Blake Haugen doubled to left field to extend the lead to 5-0. North Central got on the board in the bottom of the eighth with a run, but wouldn’t strike again as Minnesota Morris held on to the 5-1 lead.

On the mound for the Cougars in game two, Joe Wehr struck out 10, allowed six hits and just one run in eight innings of action. Thomas Eckstein pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Cougars.

The Cougars now head to Duluth, Minnesota, to take on St. Scholastica on Saturday, April 20, for a doubleheader. Action gets underway at 1 p.m.

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