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BASEBALL
MORRIS – Offense was the name of the game in a doubleheader split between the Minnesota Morris baseball team (4-18, 2-8 UMAC) and Martin Luther (5-20, 3-5 UMAC). The two teams combined for 48 runs on 76 hits between the two games.

Offensively, three Cougars recorded three RBI each in the opener and then in finale, two Cougars recorded three RBI apiece.

Game One Recap
After the Cougars gave up 13 runs over the first two innings, Minnesota Morris chipped away at the lead throughout the game to get to 16-15 after eight innings.

A two-run single from Nick Peterson got Minnesota Morris on the board in the bottom of the third inning. The Cougars then added three runs in the bottom of the fifth and two runs in the sixth, to bring the score to 13-7.

Martin Luther then responded with two runs in the seventh, which the Cougars matched with three runs in the home half of the inning.

With the score in favor of Martin Luther at 15-10, the Knights added a run in the top of the eighth, which proved to be crucial as the Cougars scored five times in the bottom of the eighth inning. Marin Luther was able to hold off Minnesota Morris in the bottom of the ninth to pick up the 16-15 victory.

Game Two Recap
After Martin Luther jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Cougars responded a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. The Knights then took a 4-2 lead with three runs in the top of the second.

Trailing 4-2 heading into the bottom of the second, Minnesota Morris tacked on six runs to build an 8-4 lead after two innings of play. The Cougars then added a run in the fourth and two runs in the seventh to make it 9-4 in favor of the home team.

The Knights plated two runs in the top of the ninth, but that would be it as the Cougars captured the 11-6 victory.

The Cougars head to Ashland, Wisconsin, for a doubleheader against Northland on Saturday, April 27. The doubleheader gets underway at noon.


SOFTBALL
MORRIS – The University of Minnesota Morris (15-17, 6-8 UMAC) dropped a pair of five-inning Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) games to the Northwestern Eagles (20-14, 9-5 UMAC) Tuesday. The Eagles won 9-0 in the opener and then 12-3 in the finale. Despite the two losses, the Cougars clinched a berth in the 2019 UMAC Tournament.

Game One Recap
The Eagles scored twice in the first inning, once in the second, once in the fourth and five times in the fifth inning to secure the 9-0 victory.

Game Two Recap
Northwestern struck early in the second game with four runs in the first inning. The Eagles then scored twice in the second and six times in the third.

Trailing 12-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth, the Cougars got on the board with three runs. For the Cougars in the fifth, Marissa Allen singled up the middle to score Megan Knickerbocker, Michelle O’Rourke then doubled to left field to score Lacey Sullivan. Minnesota Morris picked up its final run on a sacrifice fly from Emily Nordquist.

The Cougars host Concordia College on Thursday, April 25, for their final non-conference matchup of the 2019 regular season. The Cougars and Cobbers will play a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.

MEN’S TENNIS
MORRIS – The University of Minnesota Morris men’s tennis team (4-8, 2-5 UMAC) dropped its Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) regular season finale to Bethany Lutheran (5-6, 3-2 UMAC) Tuesday.

Singles Competition
1. Laine Larson (BLC) def. Jack Flicker (UMM) 6-1, 6-0
2. Dalton Werckman (BLC) def. Cole Peters (UMM) 6-0, 6-1
3. Carter Dahl (BLC) def. Kenny Knudson (UMM) 7-6, 6-2
4. Nico Martinez Biali (BLC) def. Franklin Real (UMM) 6-2, 5-7, 10-5
5. Gannon Youakim (UMM) def. Noah Gernander (BLC) 6-0, 6-0
6. Kyler Cooper (UMM) def. David Lee (BLC) 7-5, 6-0

Doubles Competition
1. Dalton Werckman/Carter Dahl (BLC) def. Jack Flicker/Cole Peters (UMM) 8-3
2. Laine Larson/Nico Martinez Biali (BLC) def. Kenny Knudson/Franklin Real (UMM) 8-4
3. Gannon Youakim/Jason Vang (UMM) def. Noah Gernander/David Lee (BLC) 8-2

The Cougars close out the 2019 season on Thursday, April 25, against North Central at home. The match gets underway at 3 p.m.


TRACK & FIELD
CONCORDIA – The University of Minnesota Morris track & field program set nine top-10 marks in program history Tuesday at the Cobber Twilight Meet.

“We had a number of outstanding PRs and top-10 performances today, which is exactly what we want to see this time of year leading into the UMAC Championships,” head coach Jessica Devine said. “Ryan Anderson’s 800m was a big highlight for the day on the track, taking nearly three seconds off his personal best from last year.

“Our women’s sprinters also dropped some major time, and moved up to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in 100m in the UMAC rankings In the field events, Jenica Moes and Alex Boyd both had giant PRs in hammer throw – about seven meters for Jenica and about five meters for Alex.”

In the 100-meter dash for the Cougar women, Emily Ciesynski and Olivia Salzwedel finished seventh (12.99) and eighth (13.06), respectively. Ciesynski’s time of 12.99 is tied for No. 7 all-time in school history and Salzwedel now ranks 10th all-time with her time of 13.06. Salzwedel also placed 11th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.64.

Alex Boyd recorded a pair of top-10 performances in school history Tuesday. Boyd set the No. 6 mark at UMN Morris in the men’s hammer throw with a toss of 145-4 to place sixth and he also tallied the No. 10 men’s shot put performance in school history (41-7.75) to place 15th.

Ryan Anderson crossed the finish line in the men’s 800-meter run with a time of 1:57.97 to place ninth overall. Anderson’s time of 1:57.97 ranks sixth in school history.

McKenna Vininski place 10th in the women’s pole vault with a clearance of 9-3, which is the No. 7 mark in school history, and 12th in the women’s long jump (15-2.25).

Brennyn DePaulis and Jessica Bliese finished 14th (38-3.5) and 15th (36-3), respectively in the women’s shot put. DePaulis’ mark of 38-3.5 now ranks eighth all-time in school history.

Bliese also placed sixth in the women’s javelin throw with a toss of 109-8 and seventh in the women’s hammer throw with a toss of 151-8, which is the No. 3 mark in school history. Also in the women’s javelin throw, Adrianna Bibeau placed 15th with the No. 10 program history with a toss of 100-0.

Montana Lawrence took seventh in the women’s 5,000-meter run as she completed the race in 21:23.67.

Ciesynski captured a first-place finish in the women’s 400-meter hurdles (1:03.38), while Brooke Hogan placed fifth in the women’s 100-meter hurdles (16.03).

The women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase saw Arre Langer post a seventh-place finish (14:38.05).

Justin Pearson took eighth in the men’s 100-meter dash (11.32). Moving up to the men’s 200-meter dash, Abraham Mendez-Robles finished 26th in a time of 25.82.

Edmund Cease paced the Cougars in the men’s 1,500-meter run with a seventh-place finish (4:26.78).

In the men’s 5,000-meter run, Raymond Abraham took fourth in a time of 17:45.53.

Zion Zaloudek took sixth in the men’s pole vault with a clearance of 12-0.75.

Jeffrey McEarchern and Trent Merkins finished in the top-10 in the men’s javelin throw (10th – 119-6) and men’s shot put (ninth – 47-1.75), respectively. Lukas Peterson finished 16th in the men’s discus throw with a distance of 118-1.

The Cougars are back in action at Minnesota State Moorhead on Friday, April 26.

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