|Concordia freshman Nikki Clouse gets into second base with a double in the first game of the Cobbers' split with Hamline.|
|Return To Splitsville!|
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: April 25, 2010
|Game 1 Linescore
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MOORHEAD, Minn. (4/25/10)-- After venturing out on a day trip on Saturday, Concordia returned to Splitsville on Sunday as they beat Hamline 6-5 in the first game and then fell 7-4 in the nightcap in Moorhead. It marks the fourth doubleheader split for the Cobbers in their last five MIAC outings.
The Cobbers took control of the opener by posting two-run innings in the first, third and sixth frames. By the time the sixth run came home in the sixth, CC held a comfortable 6-3 and looked to be cruising to their first win in three games. Hamline decided to make things a little edgy in the seventh inning when they scored twice and had the tying runner on second base with only one out.
Concordia sophomore pitcher Kesley Jones entered the game in the seventh and was able to induce a pop-fly foul out and then a ground out to second to end the threat. Joelle Link started the game in the circle for CC and pitched the first 6.1 innings. She gave up five earned runs and nine hits and picked up her fourth win of the year. Jones recorded her first save of the season by getting the final two outs.
In the second game, the Cobbers reverted back to their old ways of giving up a decisive big inning. CC held the HU offense down except for one inning where the Pipers plated five runs. The other storyline in the finale was Hamline's ability to score runs with two outs in the inning. All seven of the Pipers' runs came with two outs.
The game started out as a pitcher's dual with Concordia starter Becca Conant allowing only one hit in the first and third innings and pitching out of a two-out, second-and-third jam in the second frame. For the Pipers, Kelsey Tacheny handcuffed the Cobbers in the first three innings as she only allowed two hits and didn't allow a base runner past second.
The game completely changed in the fourth inning when Hamline scored five times. The Pipers knocked out four hits in the inning and scored all five runs after the first two batters in the inning were set down. Concordia then retaliated for four runs in the bottom of the inning. The Cobbers also had four hits in the inning.
The Pipers added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth inning. Once again both runs scored after the first two hitters in the frame were retired.
Concordia was never able to threaten in the fifth, sixth or seventh innings as Tacheny set down nine of the final 10 batters she faced. Tacheny left the game in the bottom of the fourth and watched as Concordia scored four times. She then returned to the circle in the fifth and picked up her third win of the year.
The Cobbers had six hits in the second game and were once again led by Jones. She went 2-for-3 and finished the day 4-for-7. Sele was 1-for-4 and extender her hitting steak to eight games. It is the longest hitting of the season for any Concordia player. She surpassed the mark of seven games set by Maddie Haroldson set earlier in the year.
Concordia will finish off the 2010 season when they host Carleton on Monday, Apr. 26 at 4 p.m. at the Jake Christiansen Athletic Complex.