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10-run rule ends Cougars' misery at Presentation

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The University of Minnesota, Morris baseball team's three game win streak came to an end Tuesday at the hands of Presentation by a score of 10-0.

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The Cougars found themselves in a hole early, when Tyson Paulson hit the ball out to left and a diving Dustin Sauter was unable to complete the catch. Sam Koenecke scored on the play, and Derek Hahn advanced on the play. During the next at bat, Hahn scored on a Nick Perrotte wild pitch, giving the Saints an early 2-0 lead.

In the second inning, Morris - with two outs - loaded the bases on back-to-back singles by Jordan Gegen and Neil Arvold, and then Chris Thompson followed up the singles with a walk. William Paine stepped up to the plate, but was unable to advance the runners and flew out to center field to end the inning.

In the third inning it was more of the same for the Cougars, as they left runners on the bases again.

During the fourth inning, the Saints extended their lead to six. Presentation scored four runs, off of four hits, while the Cougars committed an error.

In the top of the fifth inning, Morris went three-up-and-three-down for the second time during the day.

The Saints added two more runs on three more hits, bringing their lead to eight. They also added another run in each of the sixth and seventh innings.

In the seventh inning, the Saints were able to load the bases. Pitcher Kyle Glaser walked in the 10th run of the game, giving the Saints the win. Since the game was a nine inning, if a team has a 10-run lead, the leading team earns the win after seven innings.

Morris was unable to find their rhythm during the game, as the team went three-up-three-down twice and stranded eight runners on base.

The Cougars went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, haltering their offense, and only compiled five total hits.

The highlight of the day was Gegen who went 2-for-2, with a double and one walk leading the Cougar offense.

The loss ends a three game win streak for the Cougars, who are now 3-11 on the season and 3-1 in conference play. The road to the UMAC tourney will not get any easier for the Cougs as they will now travel up to conference foe and preseason favorite St. Scholastica this weekend to play three games.

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