Dan Wackler tags out a would-be UM-Crookston base stealer in the Cobbers' 21-13 loss to the Golden Eagles on Thursday.
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Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: April 15, 2010

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MOOORHEAD, Minn. (4/15/10)-- Most people have a hard dealing with April 15 because of the income tax deadline. Concordia found April 15 even tougher to stomach due to an unbelievable 21-13 loss at the hands of never-say-die UM-Crookston in Moorhead. The Cobbers squandered leads of 9-0 and then 11-7 in the eighth inning as they gave up 10 runs in the top of the ninth and lost by eight.

The loss is the second in a row for Concordia and drops their overall record to 14-9 on the year. The Golden Eagles snap their 29-game losing streak in dramatic fashion and win for only the third time all season. Crookston is now 3-32 on the year.

There was one piece of good news on the day for Concordia. The Cobbers stole three more bases and tied the school record for steals in a season. CC now has 64 steals on the year and is tied with the 1984 squad who also swiped 64 bases.

The game started out with Concordia scoring eight times in the second inning to grab an 8-0 lead. At that time it looked as if the Cobbers would run away with the game and you would have had a hard time finding anyone in the stadium who would bet against CC at that time.

Concordia tacked on a single run in the third to lead 9-0. The game might have changed in the top of the fourth when the Golden eagles scored five runs on  five hits and were aided by one costly Cobber error that allowed a pair of runs to reach the plate after there were two outs in the inning.

The Cobbers countered with a single run in the bottom of the fourth before UMC scored two more in the sixth frame.

Like the weather, the game turned cloudy and cold for the Cobbers in the eighth inning. Cruising along with an 11-7 lead with only two frames left to play, CC gave up four runs in the eighth and suddenly the game was tied at 11-11. Concordia was in complete shock and the Golden Eagles were soaring as they took the field in the bottom of the eighth.

Things came completely unraveled for Concordia in the top of the ninth when Crookston broke open the tie game by scoring 10 runs on nine hits and were helped by two Cobber errors. Every Golden Eagle hitter was able to sting the ball hard in the inning and every hitter was able to find a patch of green grass to land the ball on. All told, Crookston sent 13 batters to the plate in the ninth and had 11 consecutive hitters reach base safely in the inning.

Concordia was able to score twice in the bottom of the ninth to bring the final score to 21-13.

The story of the game was the relief staff for both teams. The Crookston relievers gave up just three earned runs in the final 7.1 innings of play while the Cobber relief crew allowed all 21 runs and 20 hits in six innings of work.

Concordia starting pitcher Phil Moenkedick was the only CC hurler to have success in the game. He went the first 3.0 innings and did not allow a run and gave up only three hits.

Offensively, the Cobbers had four players post multiple-hit games. Freshman Jordan Doschadis led the attack a he went 4-for-4 and reached base in all six plate appearances. he also drove in three runs and scored once. Michael Carlson went 3-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Starting catcher Jan-Erik Lindberg and Josh Dahlke had two hits each. Lindberg drove in three run and Dahlke hit his first home run of the season in the eight-run second inning.

Dan Wackler and Nick Lewis both had one hit in the game and extended their hitting streaks to a team-leading 12 games.

Concordia will return to MIAC play when they travel to St. Paul to take on Macalester on Saturday, Apr. 17 at 11 a.m.