NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Morris baseball team (7-20) played the Carleton Knights (11-18) three times on Sunday afternoon with the Knights going 2-1 on the day.
The first game of the afternoon was a continuation of a game from March 31 with Carleton winning 8-5 in eight innings. Then Carleton tallied a 6-5 eight-inning victory in game two, before the Cougars won the third game of the day, 10-6.
Game One Recap (8-5 Carleton – Eight Innings)
Play resumed for the two teams in the top of the eighth inning with the score tied at 5-5. The tie game didn’t last long as Carleton scored three runs in the top of the eighth to take the 8-5 lead. UMN Morris was unable to respond in the home half of the inning giving Carleton the victory.
Game Two Recap (6-5 Carleton – Eight Innings)
The second game of the day saw Carleton strike first with a run in the bottom of the third inning.
Trailing 1-0 heading into the top of the fifth, the Cougars rattled off five runs to jump out to a 5-1 lead. For the Cougars in the fifth, Josh Doss and Levi Jahnke tallied back-to-back singles to make it a 2-1 game in favor of UMN Morris.
Later in the fifth, with the bases loaded, Alex Baumann drew a walk to bring home Doss.
The Cougars then picked up another two runs on a sacrifice fly to center field from Brady Jergenson and a single through the left side from Nick Peterson.
Despite trailing 5-1 after five innings, the Knights chipped away at the Cougar lead with two runs in the sixth, two runs in the seventh and then eventually the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth.
In relief of Brian Vanyo, who allowed just one run in three innings, Garret Gregersen struck out four and didn’t allow an earned run in three innings of work.
For the Cougar offense in game one, five batters tallied an RBI, which included Doss hitting 2-for-3 at the plate.
Game Three Recap (10-6 – Minnesota Morris)
After a scoreless first inning, Carleton plated three runs in the second to make it 3-0 in favor of the home team. UMN Morris then scored five runs in the third to take a 5-3 lead over the Knights.
For the Cougars in the third, Julien Shadle singled to right field to score Baumann and Mack O’Neil. Then later in the inning, Shadle scored on a balk to tie the game at 3-3. UMN Morris then scored a run on a wild pitch in back-to-back at-bats to take the 5-3 lead.
The fourth saw the Cougars score two more runs, but the Knights countered with three runs in the home half of the inning to bring the game within one at 7-6.
UMN Morris then added two runs in the fifth and one run in the seventh to secure the 10-6 victory.
In the final game of the day, O’Neil, Tyler Rowland and Shadle paced the Cougar offense as they all went 3-for-4 at the plate.
The Cougars are back in action on Tuesday, April 30, for a doubleheader against Northwestern at Cougar Diamond. First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m.
TRACK & FIELD
MOORHEAD – The University of Minnesota track & field program closed out its 2019 outdoor regular season slate at the Ron Masanz Classic, hosted by Minnesota State Moorhead.
“We saw the performances we needed to know we are ready for next week,” head coach Jessica Devine said. “We had a number of top-10 performances, and a bunch of significant personal bests. Emily Ciesynski broke her own school record in the 400m to win the meet with a 57.59. Christian Thielke was a big highlight on the men’s side of the track events, dropping about 20 seconds off his previous best 1500m time for a 4:22.19.
“We had some great consistency in the field events,” Devine added. “Brooke Hogan hit the long jump runway for the first time in her career today and landed No. 5 all-time at UMN Morris and should end up ranked No. 2 in the conference going into the UMAC Championships so that was a ton of fun! Overall, I think we were able to put a lot of things together and will be looking pretty good going into the outdoor championships. Our teams are excited and ready to go!”
Emily Ciesynski won the women’s 400-meter dash with her time of 57.59. Her time Saturday bested her own school record of 58.21 from the 2018 UMAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Brooke Hogan finished sixth in the women’s long jump with a leap of 16-5.75 and seventh in the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.11. Hogan’s mark of 16-5.75 ranks fifth all-time at UMN Morris.
Katherine Novak placed second in the women’s 1,500-meter run with the No. 4 time in school history (4:50.97) and fourth in the women’s 800-meter run (2:24.29). Also in the women’s 800-meter run, Kaitlyn Ladwig ran the No. 8 time in program history (2:28.58) to finish ninth overall.
Tyler Sassenberg ran the No. 8 time in the men’s 1,500-meter run (4:11.83) in school history to place 14th overall.
Zion Zaloudek cleared a height of 12-3.5 to finish eighth in the men’s pole vault, while McKenna Vininski cleared the No. 7 height in school history (9-6.25) to tie for 12th in the women’s pole vault.
In the men’s 400-meter dash, Andrew Stanek ran a time of 52.26 to place 12th and moving up to the men’s 800-meter run, Max Kivi ran a time of 2:08.01 to finish 16th overall.
Jessica Bliese finished eighth in the women’s hammer throw (151-0) and 13th in the women’s shot put (39-3.25).
Jenica Moes rounded the top-10 of the women’s javelin throw with a mark of 99-4 and she also finished 23rd in the women’s discus throw with a distance of 104-1.
The women’s 4×100-meter relay of Benson, Salzwedel, Hogan and Ciesynski finished fourth in a time of 51.46.
Arre Langer finished fifth in the women’s steeplechase with a time of 14:15.40.
Olivia Salzwedel placed 11th in the women’s 200-meter dash with her time of 27.24.
In the men’s 100-meter dash, Cole Kvistero and Abraham Mendez-Robles finished 17th (12.31) and 18th (12.62), respectively.
Raymond Abraham completed the men’s 5,000-meter run in 17:31.42 to finish 15th.
Lukas Petersen paced the Cougar men in the discus throw with a 22nd-place finish (116-7).
Trent Merkins finished 11th in the men’s shot put (47-7.25) and 16th in the men’s hammer throw (139-9).
In the men’s javelin throw, Justin Robinson and Jeffrey McEarchern finished 21st (120-2) and 22nd (120-0), respectively.
The Cougars will host the 2019 UMAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the Cougar Outdoor Track, May 3-4.