MOORHEAD, Minn. (4/28/09)--
Concordia head coach Megan Johnson will be hoping that the Cobbers' three-game winning streak to finish the 2009 season will carry over into the offseason and then to the start of the 2010 campaign. Concordia built their season-ending momentum by posting a pair of 5-1 wins over St. Kate's on Tuesday in Moorhead.
The two victories give the Cobbers three straight to finish the season. They also won four of their last six games on the season. Concordia finishes the year with a 14-22 overall mark and a 9-13 record in conference play. With the two wins, CC jumped into a tie for eighth place in the final league standings. St. Kate's finishes their 2009 season with a 12-23 record in all games and a 10-12 mark in the MIAC.
The Cobbers earned the two wins with a pair of dominant pitching performances and a trio of big innings. Concordia hurlers Kesley Jones and Erin Johnson both pitched three-hit complete games to earn the wins. Jones limited the Wildcats to a solo home run in the first game and then Johnson came in and held the Wildcats hitless through the first four innings before giving up all three hits in the fifth. Johnson then slammed the door in the final two innings by retiring the six straight batters to pick up her third win of the year.
Jones closes the book on a record-setting freshman season. She struck out 10 in the opener and finished the year with 152 K's - breaking the old school single-season record of 141. Jones also led the conference in strikeouts in both overall and conference games. She had 103 strikeouts in the team's 22 league games. Jones finishes the year with 11 wins which is the most by a Cobber pitcher since 2000 when Erin Gunderson won 19 games.
Offensively Concordia won the series with a three-run third inning and a two-run fourth inning in the first game and then a four-run fifth inning in the second game. In the opener, the Cobbers were sparked by Maddie Haroldson's two-run home run in the third inning. That was part of the three run, five hit frame that broke open a 0-0 game.
In the finale, Concordia scored four runs on four hits in the fifth frame to unlock the 1-1 tie. The inning was highlighted by a two-run single from Emily Jensen.
For the series Jensen went 3-for-6 with three RBI and three runs scored. Amanda Michaelson capped her career by going 3-for-6 in the series and extending her hitting streak to six games. She finished the season with a career-high .327 average. Michaelson also posted a picture perfect delayed steal of third base to score the first run of the game in the nightcap. Concordia's other senior, Laura Johnson had the only other multiple-hit game of the doubleheader. She went 2-for-3 in the opener and ended her year with a career-best .278 average.