Cougars dominate in sweep of Crown
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The University of Minnesota, Morris Cougar baseball (6-7, 3-0) surpassed last year's win total with a sweep of Crown College (1-13, 0-5 UMAC) on Tuesday, April 8. The Cougars won each game in eight innings, winning game one 14-4 and the second game 11-1. Cody Reinke had four RBIs and scored four runs on the afternoon to spark the offense.
UM-Morris 14, Crown 4
Crown took advantage of a few Cougar mistakes in the first inning, taking a 3-0 lead. Chandler Erickson reached on a fielder's choice and scored on a throwing error to put Morris on the board in the bottom of the second. The Storm got that run back in the top of inning number three, taking advantage of a leadoff walk. However, Minnesota Morris took control of the game over the next two at-bats.
Three runs crossed home plate in the bottom of the third to tie the game up. Jake Schmitz, Reinke and Christian Korlath each had a RBI in the inning as the Cougars scored a pair of unearned runs. In the bottom of the fourth, UMM took the lead, scoring four runs with two out. Donnie Mavencamp tripled to start the two out rally from the ninth spot in the lineup. Eric Terres drove him home with a double. Reinke drove in Terres with an infield single. Kylan Hill singled to score both Schmitz, who had reached via a walk, and Reinke.
Morris added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth, thanks in large part to a two run single off the bat of Korlath. In the eighth inning, the Cougars scored a pair of unearned runs and drew a pair of walks to put the game away. Kyle Grote had a single to drive in Erickson giving Minnesota Morris the 14-4 win.
UM-Morris 11, Crown 1
The Storm again struck first in game number two, scoring a first inning run off starter Joey Hyde. It ended up being the only run Hyde allowed, finishing the game after seven strong innings, striking out five and allowing just four hits. He never pitched from behind again after the first inning because the Cougars scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first.
Terres singled to start the inning and scored on a groundout. Then, Reinke tripled with one out and also scored on a groundout. In the bottom of the third, back to back singles started the inning and Reinke came up with runners on second and third. He came through with a double to left center, driving in Schmitz and Terres. Hill also scored in the inning giving Morris a 5-1 lead.
Scott Peterson singled and scored on a Schmitz double, giving the Cougars a 6-1 lead. Four runners crossed the plate in the seventh inning as the Cougars busted the game open. Grote came through with a two RBI double in the inning. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth Minnesota Morris batters drew three walks and had a batter hit by a pitch giving them a run and clinching the 11-1 victory.
The Cougars started a busy schedule on Friday, playing every day in the next week except Tuesday. The Cougars are in St. Paul this weekend battling Northwestern in a three game series. It sparks their first true road trip of the season. After that series, the Cougars travel to Moorhead for a single game against Concordia on Sunday, April 13. On Monday, the Cougars are back at home in a doubleheader against Finlandia University (first game starts at 1 p.m.). After Tuesday's day of rest, the Cougars are back on the road against Crown and Bethany Lutheran on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, before coming back home for a stretch of home games. The Cougars end their busy week in a three game series against North Central in Morris on Friday and Saturday, April 18-19.