WINONA, Minn. (4/11/09)-- Concordia capped their two-series, Easter holiday road trip by splitting a pair of games at St. Mary's on Saturday. The Cobbers scored five runs in the top of the ninth to take the opener but conceded a five-run, sixth inning and lost 9-7 in the series finale. CC had 30 hits in the series as they outhit the Cardinals 30-20.
The win in the series opener was the first win for the Cobbers in conference play this season. CC is now 6-14 in overall games and 1-5 in MIAC play. The Cardinals rallied to push their season record to 14-8. They are now 6-4 in the conference.
Concordia junior Emily Jensen continued her hot hand at the plate as she hit two home runs in the opener and went 4-for-8 with three RBI's and three runs scored in the series. Freshman Kesley Jones hammered her first collegiate home run in the game-deciding ninth inning when she hit a line drive that dented the scoreboard in center field.
Jones also picked up the win in the opener. She pitched the final four innings of the game, allowed only one hit and struck out three in picking up her team-leading fifth win of the season. Junior Erin Johnson started the game and threw the first five innings and allowed only two earned runs.
The Cobbers scored all five of their runs in the ninth inning off of home runs. Jensen clouted her second of the game, and third of the season, with one out and a runner on second. Concordia then put two players on base before Jones did her best Roy Hobbs impersonation by lining the ball off the scoreboard.
The Cobbers took control of the second game in the top of the third inning when they plated four runs to erase a 3-0 deficit and grab a 4-3 lead. CC then built the lead to 7-4 before the fateful sixth frame when the Cardinals scored five times, four of which were unearned.
Besides the clutch hitting from Jensen and Jones, senior catcher Amanda Michaelson went 5-for-9 in the series and knocked in a pair of runs. Thirdbaseman Maddie Haroldson had a pair of hits in each game, went 4-for-9 in the series and is now hitting a team-best .433 for the season. Nicolle Diekman had three hits as the team's leadoff hitter and freshman shortstop Emily Salo went 3-for-5 in the first game.
The Cobbers will stay on the road when they face Carleton on Tuesday, Apr. 14 at 4 p.m. Concordia will hopefully play their home opener on Thursday, Apr. 16 at 4 p.m. against national powerhouse St. Thomas.