|Concordia played one of the most character filled games in recent history but wound up losing to St. Thomas 7-6 in 11 innings.|
|Character Finally Loses Out!|
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: May 15, 2010
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NORTHFIELD, Minn. (5/15/10)-- Concordia saved their best for last as they battled defending national champion St. Thomas for 11 full innings before finally falling 7-6. The Cobbers rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the fourth inning and then staged another last-inning comeback to erase a 6-4 lead and send the game into extra innings. The loss knocks Concordia out of the MIAC playoffs and ends their season at 24-17.
The Cobbers tumbled through the first four innings and trailed 5-1. CC then got to within 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning. St. Thomas then tacked on a single run in the seventh. The Cobbers then showed their spirit and character as they scored a run in the bottom of the eighth frame on an Adam Johnson singled home Michael Carlson from third base.
That set the stage for the ninth inning when Jake Krause hit a 1-1 pitch over the center field fence that scored Josh Dahlke after Dahlke had been hit by a pitch to start the inning. Krause's sixth homer of the year tied the game at 6-6 - the first tie score since the first inning.
Ryan Johnson then pitched a 1-2-3 top of the 10th inning. The Cobbers almost won the game in the bottom of the 10th when Dan Wackler hit a hot two-out smash to third base with runners on first and second. The Tommie third baseman, Charles Bruchu, made the defensive play of the game as he went down on one knee to knock the ball down and keep it from going into the outfield. He then picked up the ball and fired a rocket over to first to get Wackler.
The Tommies then won the game in the top of the 11th on a solo homer to right center field.
Concordia had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the 11th. Carlson led off the frame with a double down the left field line. However, UST freshman Mark Dominik then struck out the next two batters and ended the game on a ground ball out shortstop to earn his first collegiate win.
Concordia outhit St. Thomas 13-11 in the game and Krause, Wackler and Carlson all had had three hits each. Krause was 3-for-5 in his last game as a Cobber and had two RBI and scored three runs. Wackler was 3-for-4 and Carlson was 3-for-6.
The Cobber pitching staff battled throughout the entire game. Andrew Skow-Anderson started the game and went the first 6.0 innings. He allowed eight hits and struck out two. Jake Torrison then came on for his second straight day and went 2.1 innings and only allowed two hits. Ryan Johnson then went the next 2.1 innings and allowed just the one hit. He retired the first five batters he faced before the start of the 11th. Zach Frappier came on to get the final UST out.