April 26, 1996

Cobs sweep Mac

by Aaron Boll

It was a long bus ride home for Macalester Wednesday night after the Cobber baseball team swept the Scots in an afternoon double header.

 The Cobbers are now 9-3 in the MIAC, trailing league leaders St. Thomas, who holds a 9-1 record.

 In the opening game against Macalester, Cobber junior pitcher Greg Salvevold threw the complete game to earn a 4-1 victory.

The Cobber batters let their presence be known to the Scots by scoring three of their four runs in the fourth inning.

 Senior Terry Haus singled and was immediately advanced to third base by junior Scott DeBrito‚s double. Junior outfielder Randy Razidlo then belted a double to score the two Cobber base runners. Thanks to a Macalester wild pitch, Razidlo later scored the third run, capping the productive inning.

 The second game featured Concordia‚s Ethan Pole, first-year student, pitching a strong 6 1/3 innings to give the Cobbers another 4-1 win.

 Senior reliever Stu Lang came in to get the last two batters to assure the victory.

 As in the first game, the fourth inning proved to be very productive for the Cobbers. Razidlo started the inning by hitting a double to right field and scored later by junior first baseman Jason Myhre‚s warning track-length sacrifice fly. Jeff Spanier, Concordia‚s senior catcher, then singled and eventually scored on an error by the Scots‚ third basemen.

 In the sixth inning, Concordia junior outfielder Noah Johnson ripped a triple to the right field fence. Myhre again proved to be valuable by hitting in Johnson for his second RBI of the game.

 For Concordia, the Macalester series came after the important St. Thomas doubleheader last Saturday. The Cobbers split the two game match-up against the MIAC-leading and nationally-ranked Tommies.

 In the fifth game, the Cobbers produced only one run as Myhre scored in the fifth inning.

However, that‚s all the Cobbers‚ junior pitcher, Joe Cuchna, needed to ensure the 1-0 win. Cuchna struck out three batters and allowed only three hits to shut out the Tommies.

The Cobbers lost 2-1 in the nightcap thanks to St. Thomas‚ Tony Fisher‚s twelfth home run of the season.

 Cobber pitcher Rob Groscup went 4 1/3 inning and was relieved by Spanier and Pole. Pole was credited with the loss.

 This Saturday, the Cobbers travel to St. John‚s for an afternoon double header.

 The Johnnies are struggling this season, with a sub-.500 record.

 However, the Cobbers aren‚t expecting easy victories.

 „In this league, every game is big,š Myhre said. „Every team in the conference is good this year, so you can‚t afford to look past anybody. You have to take every game seriously.š

 Trailing two games to the Tommies in the MIAC at this point in the season doesn‚t have the Cobbers worried. To gain a play-off berth, Concordia needs to continue their winning style of baseball.

 „We just have to wait and see what happens and keep playing ball like we can,š Myhre said.

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