MOORHEAD, Minn. (5/06/08)--The Concordia baseball rollercoaster continued its 2008 thrill ride on Tuesday as the Cobbers rebounded from a disappointing two-loss series against St. Thomas on Monday and returned to a soaring stature with a two-game sweep against Augsburg. CC received a complete-game victory from Scott Schumacher in the opener to win 7-4 and then put together three multiple-run innings in the nightcap and won 10-7. The two wins pushes the Cobbers' conference record to 8-10 while they are now 16-14 overall. The Auggies finish the season by dropping to 8-12 in the MIAC and 16-20 in all games.
In the first game, Schumacher pitched seven innings and allowed four runs and scattered nine hits. He was able to pitch out of several jams throughout the game. The biggest of those sticky spots came in the fifth inning with the Cobbers clinging to a 4-3 lead. He allowed Augsburg to load the bases with no outs but then got two straight strike outs and induced a rally-ending fly ball to end the frame. It might have been the key point of the two-game series as CC was able to score three times in the bottom of the sixth to close out the game and take control of the momentum in the doubleheader. Schumacher earned his team-leading fifth win of the year and is now to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play.
Schumacher also helped his cause at the plate by going 4-for-4 and driving in two runs. He had four singles in the game and helped CC gain a valuable insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning. He was one of two Concordia players with more than one hit in the game. Junior catcher Kyle Johnson was 2-for-2 and drove in a pair of runs.
Augsburg outhit the Cobbers 9-8 in the opener and was led by Mike Zaun and Brian Olson. Both players collected two hits in the game. Zaun was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI and Olson went 2-for-4 with a run scored. The Auggies used three pitchers in the game. Sophomore Sam Weber started the game and lasted the first five innings. He allowed four earned runs and six hits while also striking out six.
In the second game, Concordia jumped to a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning and then tacked on two more runs in the second and four in the fourth to take a 9-4 lead after four frames. The Auggies got a pair of runs back in the top of the fifth inning and one more in the sixth but could never get closer than three runs. The Cobbers were able to stop potential Augsburg rallies by getting a pair of timely double plays. CC's defense helped strand 12 Augsburg runners in the nightcap.
Concordia pitcher Eddie Massee started the game and went the first 4.1 innings. He earned his third win of the season despite giving up 14 hits and five earned runs. Randy Syrtad came on in the fifth inning and allowed three hits and one run before sophomore Matt Green came on in the sixth inning to shut the door. He went 1.2 innings, struck out two, allowed only one hit and earned his first collegiate save.
Augsburg connected on 18 hits in the game but ended up losing by three. The top six players in the Auggie batting order were a combined 14-for-27 (.518), drove in four of the seven runs and scored six of the seven runs. Three different players had three-hit games. Rick Andersen and Zaun went 3-for-4 and Craig Henry was 3-for-5. Andersen drove in two runs and scored two runs. Zaun finished the two games by going 5-for-7 with two RBI's and two runs scored.
The Auggies once again used three pitchers. Starting pitcher Cole Oosterhuis only lasted 1.2 innings and was saddled with the loss. Adam Jacobsen pitched the middle 3.1 innings and Alex Gustafson finished off the sixth inning.
The Cobbers were led by Fred Weiss and Jake Krause at the plate. Both players went 2-for-3 in the game. Krause drove in two runs and scored twice, while Weiss hit his firt home run of the season and had a game-high three RBI's.
Concordia will finish off the 2008 season when they play at St. Mary's on Wednesday, May 7 at 2:30 p.m.