MOORHEAD, Minn. (4/16/09)-- Even though Concordia was swept by No.6-ranked St. Thomas 12-0 (5 inn.), 12-6 on Thursday in Moorhead, there was a ray of sunshine that shone through in the final innings of the nightcap. The Cobbers pounded out 10 hits and six runs in the final four innings of the series. The six runs represent the most scored against a Tommie team in a single game in program history.
Concordia sees their one-game win streak fall by the boards and they slip to 7-17 overall and 2-8 in conference play. St. Thomas, who recently had their 63-game conference winning streak stopped, improves to 13-1 in the league and 29-3 in all games.
The Cobbers had trouble at the plate in the first game. They didn't get a hit and struck out 10 times as Tommie hurlers Marta Radcliffe and Christy Gries combined to throw a five-inning no-hitter. UST did most of their damage in the fourth inning when they plated seven runs. The seven runs came courtesy of the typical Tommie running game. St. Thomas routinely took extra bases on the Cobber defense inning and forced CC into three errors in the frame. The seven-run inning made sure that UST would be able to post the win courtesy of the eight-run rule.
The second game appeared to be headed in the same direction. The Tommies scored four times in the first inning and took a 7-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth inning. Concordia still didn't have a hit on the day as they entered the fourth inning. The offensive tides changed when junior Emily Jensen posted the first hit of the day for CC on an infield single to the right side. Jensen had to slide head first into the base in order to beat the throw and her "hustle" play energized the Concordia bench and led to the team's first run of the day. Jensen came around to score on a throwing error by the catcher on a pick-off attempt and then two subsequent ground balls to the infield.
Concordia added another run in the bottom of the fifth inning when catcher Amanda Michaelson doubled into right field and Nicolle Diekman came around from second to score the second run of the day for CC.
St. Thomas then tried to silence the Cobbers by putting up four runs in the top of the six and taking a 11-2 lead. Concordia remained unfazed and pumped up by their new-found offensive confidence. Facing another eight-run rule defeat CC rattled off their own four runs in the inning. The four-spot was highlighted by a laser-like home run off the bat of Laura Johnson that cut its way through the wind and sailed over the left-center field fence. It was Johnson's first long ball of her career.
Unfortunately the rally would fall short but not before Concordia knocked out five hits in the inning and 10 total for the game.
Laura Johnson, Jensen, Kesley Jones and Emily Salo all had two hits each for the Cobber attack. Jones was also the workhorse on the mound for Concordia as she pitched all 12 innings against the high-powered Tommie offense. Jones struck out five on the afternoon.
Concordia will play a pair of doubleheaders on the weekend. CC will travel to St. Paul to take on Macalester on Saturday, Apr. 18 and then return home to host St. Olaf on Sunday, Apr. 19 at 1 p.m.