NORTHFIELD, Minn. (4/14/09)-- The wake-up call for the Cobber bats came 11 innings too late but luckily for Concordia it rang before the series was over and helped CC gain a split with Carleton in Northfield on Tuesday. Concordia lost the first game 10-2 in five innings but then used an eight-run sixth inning to produce an 11-0 rout in the series finale in a game that was called after six inning due to the eight-run rule.
The Cobbers have now split their last two conference series and are 7-15 overall and 2-6 in the MIAC. The Knights are also 2-6 in league play and are now 3-20 overall.
Concordia looked as if they would finally put everything together as they started the day by scoring a single run in the first inning of the opener. The game would turn sour for CC in the second and third innings when Carleton scored five times in each inning. The two big innings continue a trend for the Cobbers this season of giving up huge run innings that sway the outcome of the game. CC did manage to get a second run in the top of the third but then the Knights slammed the door in the bottom of the inning with their second straight five spot.
The second game appeared to be more of the same as Concordia jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the third inning. Unlike the first game, Cobber freshman pitcher Kesley Jones refused to allow a big inning and kept the Knights in check throughout the entire game. CC added two more runs in the fourth inning and then exploded for eight runs in the top of the sixth to push the score to 11-0 and end the contest after the bottom of the inning. In the offensive eighth, Concordia plated eight runs on seven hits and had 12 batters come to the plate.
Jones finished off the game by earning her first career conference shutout and second blanking of the season. She pitched six innings, allowed only two hits and struck out eight.
The Cobbers had five players collect at least two hits in the nightcap. The No.2 and No.3 hitters, Emily Jensen and Amanda Michaelson, had a pair of hits each and the No.6, No.7 and No.8 hitters, Emily Salo, Laura Johnson and Sara Gruber also came away with two hits in the game. Michaelson, Salo and Gruber also had two RBI's. Michaelson was part of one of the most unusual plays of the season in the third inning of the second game. She hit a home run over the left center field fence but was called out after she removed her helmet between third base and home plate. She was credited with a triple on the play and drove in Jensen on the play.
Concordia will look to play their home opener on Thursday, Apr. 16 when they host nationally ranked St. Thomas at 4 p.m.