|Senior Jake Krause returned to the Cobber lineup and went 5-for-8 with 4 RS and an RBI in Concordia's 10-5, 7-8 split at Macalester.|
|Cobbers Split But Stay Atop MIAC!|
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: April 17, 2010
Game 1 Linescore
Game 2 Linescore
Opponent's Website: Macalester Baseball
MIAC Website: MIAC Baseball
ST. PAUL, Minn. (4/17/10)-- For the second straight Saturday Concordia won the first game of a road conference doubleheader but then dropped the second and had to settle for a split. The Cobbers pounded out 12 hits and 10 runs to cruise to a 10-5 victory in the opener but then lost 8-7 in 10 innings in the nightcap after having a 7-5 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth inning.
The split is good news and bad news for the Cobbers. The good news is that everyone else split in the MIAC on Saturday so Concordia remains alone atop the conference standings at 6-2. The bad news is that the Cobbers were three outs away from extending their lead to a full game.
CC is now 15-10 overall. Macalester moves to 14-11 overall and 2-6 in the MIAC. It marks the second straight doubleheader they have split with one of the top teams in the league. On Tuesday they split with defending DIII champion St. Thomas.
The Cobbers sprinted out of the gates in the first game by scoring two runs in the second and then adding four more in the third. That would be all that starting pitcher Chris Fellows would need as he gave up only two hits in the first six innings. The Scots didn't pick up their first base hit of the day until the fifth inning. In the first four frames, Fellows faced only one batter over the minimum and retired the first six hitter of the game. He eventually tired in the latter part of the sixth and into the seventh. He went 6.2 innings, did not allow an earned run and only five hits.
Adam Johnson came on to get the final out of the game after the Scots had turned a 10-0 deficit into a 10-5 margin.
Cobber senior shortstop Jake Krause returned to the lineup after missing four games due to a bruised hip. He went 3-for-4 in the opener and was one of four CC players with more than one hit in the game. Dan Wackler was 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored while Nate Haase and Jordan Doschadis both went 2-for-4.
The second game was a back-and-forth affair with a team tying the score on four occasions and neither team being able to hold a lead for more than half an inning.
Concordia conceded two runs in the bottom of the first then tied it with a pair of scores in the second. That scenario played out again in the bottom of the fourth and top of the fifth when Macalester scored three in the fourth only to have CC score three in their half of the fifth. The game stayed tied at 5-5 until the eighth when Concordia scored a pair of runs on three hits. Unfortunately they weren't able to shut the door in the bottom of the inning. The Scots got hits from three of their first four batters and were aided by a wild pitch that tied the game 7-7. CC had to then battle to get out of the inning still tied as Macalester had runners on second and third with only one out.
Neither team scored in the ninth and Concordia was held scoreless in the top of the 10th. That's when the Scots came up with the game-winning run. After the first two batters were retired, Macalester got a single and then a CC error allowed the runner to move to third base. The very next batter hit a routine fly ball that was dropped by the Cobber infield and the game-winning run trotted home from third to give the Scots the split.
The Cobbers outhit the Scots 15-14 in the second game and 27-19 for the series. In the nightcap, five different CC players had multiple-hit games. Doschadis and Erik Stoa had three-hit games. Doschadis is now .706 on the year and has had multiple-hit games in four of the last five contests he has played in. Krause, Nick Lewis and Adam Johnson all had two hits in the second game. Krause finished the day 5-for-8 with four runs scored and an RBI after missing five straight games.
Lewis and Wackler both had at least one hit in both games and have now hit safely in 14 straight games.
Concordia used five different pitchers in the finale. Eddie Massee started the game and pitched the first 4.0 innings. He gave up five runs on seven hits. Zach Frappier and Andrew Skow-Anderson combined for three shutout innings before Ryan Johnson and Adam Johnson finished off the final 2.2 innings.
Concordia will look to stay atop the MIAC standings when they play at Carleton on Wednesday, Apr. 21 at 2:30 p.m.