MOORHEAD, Minn. (4/19/09)--
The Cobbers went 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position against the Oles, could only muster three runs in 14 innings and had to settle for a split with the Oles on Sunday in Moorhead. Concordia won the first game 2-0 but then dropped the finale 4-1.
The loss in the second game ended a three-game winning streak for the Cobbers - the longest of the year for CC. Concordia is now 10-18 overall and 5-9 in the MIAC. St. Olaf ends a 13-game losing slide with their second-game win. They are now 5-25 in all games and 3-13 in the MIAC. The Oles won their first two conference games of the year but then dropped 13 straight before the victory in the nightcap.
All of Concordia's run output on the day came via the long ball. In the first game Cobber thirdbaseman Maddie Haroldson connected on a pitch in the third inning to send a two-run shot over the left field fence. The two runs would be all that CC starting pitcher Kesley Jones would need. She kept the St. Olaf offense guessing all game long and finished with a career-high 10 strikeouts in the game. She only allowed three hits, with one walk and only allowed one runner to reach second base. At one point in the game she retired eight straight batters.
Concordia was only able to record six hits against St. Olaf starter Kelly Truax. CC freshman Emily Salo was the only player with more than one hit in the game as she finished 2-for-3.
The second game started poorly for the Cobbers as the Oles scored a pair of runs in the first inning and then one more in the second frame. That would be more than enough for senior pitcher Erin Johnson. Johnson, who entered the game with an 8.07 ERA and a 1-10 record, had the Cobbers off stride from the very first pitch. She retired the first eight hitters she faced and allowed only one runner past second base until Sara Gruber connected on her second home run of the season in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Gruber had two of the five Cobber hits in the game. She went 2-for-3 with a double to go along with her long ball. Haroldson was 1-for-3 and has now hit safely in seven of the past 11 games.
Jones once again pitched both games of the double dip. She struck out five in the second game and now has 114 for the season. She is closing in on the single-season school record of 141 set by Erin Gunderson in 2000.
Concordia will host league-leading Gustavus on Wednesday, Apr. 22 at 4 p.m.