ST. PAUL, Minn. (4/07/09)--After having seven different series or games postponed and not picking up a bat or glove for 15 days, Concordia finally got back into action on Tuesday. The Cobbers received a pair of stellar starting pitching performances but in the end fell twice to #16 St. Thomas 3-0, 5-2. The pair of losses snaps CC's six-game losing streak and puts Concordia in an 0-2 hole to start the MIAC season.
The Cobbers are now 6-5 overall while the Tommies improve to 16-5 in all games and 5-1 in league play. They have now won five straight games.
Eddie Massee allowed only one run in the first five innings in game one but allowed a pair in the sixth inning in his first outing since Mar. 20 when he picked up a win against Luther. Scott Schumacher followed that solid starting performance by going 4.0 innings in the second game and allowing five hits.
Both runs for the Cobbers on the day came via the long ball. Nathan Haase hit a solo shot in the first inning in the nightcap and Adam Johnson connected on a pitch in the second inning and sent it over the wall. It was Haase's third homer of the year and Johnson's second roundtripper. The Cobbers have now hit 11 HR's on the year which is three shy of their entire total from last season.
The first game was a classic pitcher's dual for the first five innings. Massee allowed only one run and five hits during that stretch. St. Thomas pitcher Brandon Stone allowed only one hit during the first five innings and didn't allow a Cobber runner to reach second base. He finished the game by allowing only one hit and striking out 11.
The Tommies got the two-run insurance cushion in the bottom of the sixth inning. They had only one hit in the inning but used a pair of wild pitches, a walk, a squeeze bunt and a sacrifice fly to plate the two runs.
The second game started out promising for the Cobbers as they took a 1-0 lead after the first half inning and then carried a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the third inning. Haase cranked out his HR to put CC up 1-0 in the first. UST then countered with a run on an error, a sacrifice bunt and a RBI ground out.
Adam Johnson put CC up 2-1 in the top of the second inning with his long ball and the game stayed that way until the bottom of the third inning. St. Thomas scored three runs in the third behind a bit of controversy over a bunt attempt. With runners on first and third the Tommies put on another squeeze attempt. The Cobbers were ready for the play and called a pitch out. The pitch sailed over the opposite batter's box when the UST hitter appeared to step out of his own batter's box to make contact with the ball. No call was made and St. Thomas was able to score one run. Then with two outs in the inning, UST was allowed to come up with a two-run double that pushed the score to 4-2.
St. Thomas was able to score one more run in the bottom of the fifth inning to complete the final 5-2 score.
Cobber All-Region catcher Kyle Johnson picked up where he left off last season by going 2-for-4 on the day. Last year he led the MIAC with a .507 average. Johnson was the only Cobber with more than one hit on the day. He also walked twice on the day.
Concordia returns home to practice inside for two days before playing at Gustavus on Friday, Apr. 10 at 1 p.m. The game will feature live audio as Cobber senior Jon Tritsch will be on the play-by-play.