MOORHEAD, Minn. (4/25/09)--Note to opposing pitchers: Do not attempt to pitch to Cobber senior catcher Kyle Johnson with the game on the line. St. Mary's found out that lesson the hard way as they tried to get Johnson out in the bottom of the seventh in the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday. Johnson promptly hit a three-run walkoff bomb over the batter's eye in center field to give Concordia a 6-5 win and propel CC to a sweep over the Cardinals. It was Johnson's second home run of the game and fifth RBI - he drove in every Cobber run in the opener.
St. Mary's (7-27/1-17 MIAC) was never able to recover in the second game as Concordia scored six runs in the first inning and cruised to a 13-2 win. The two wins helps the Cobbers stay in the MIAC playoff race. CC is now 13-12 overall and 6-8 in the MIAC. They are only three games behind fourth place in the league standings.
Johnson's two home runs in the opener helped Concordia set a new school record for HR's in a single season. The Cobbers now have 32 long balls on the year, breaking the old mark of 29 set back in 2004. Johnson upped his season total for homers to 11 and is now tied for the single season Cobber record with Ryan Hebrink who had 11 in 2004. For the day Johnson went 2-for-4 and upped his season batting average to .429. He has a ridiculous 1.014 slugging percentage for the team's 25 games. In MIAC play his numbers become even more preposterous. In the team's 14 league games he is hitting .487 with eight home runs, 47 total bases and has an unheard of 1.20 slugging percentage.
Concordia starter Scott Schumacher pitched six good innings and had only one hiccup as he allowed five runs in the fifth inning of the opener. The Cobbers led 2-0 heading into the fifth but then the Cardinals scored five runs on five hits and were helped by two CC errors. SMU had only one hard hit ball in the frame and used their good fortune to take a 5-3 lead. Concordia got one back in the bottom of the fifth inning on a deep sacrifice fly off of Johnson's bat. That set the stage for his seventh-inning heroics.
While it was all Johnson and Schumacher in the opener, the Cobbers scattered 10 hits, scored 13 runs and got a solid pitching performance from Eddie Massee in the finale to win 13-2. Concordia jumped on St. Mary's pitching from the very first inning as they scored six runs in the opening frame. CC added two more in the second, three in the third and then two more in the fourth to bolt to a 13-0 lead. Massee pitched the first six innings and allowed five hits and one run while striking out four.
Schumacher continued his hot hitting streak in the second game. He went 2-for-3 with three RBI and hit his second home run of the season. He has now hit safely in the team's last nine games and has six multiple-hit games during the streak and has upped his season average to .372. He leads the team in RBI in conference games with 17.
Cobber senior thirdbaseman Erick Sykora had his best game at the plate of the season. He went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs.
Concordia will host Carleton on Monday, Apr. 27 at 2:30 p.m. in a series that was scheduled for Sunday, Apr. 26 at 1 p.m. Due to rain in the forecast for Sunday, the doubleheader was moved back to Monday.