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Late rally clinches Cougar sweep

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Minnesota Morris (11-13, 8-6 UMAC) rebounded from a losing sweep to St. Scholastica to a sweep of Northland College in the UMAC Games of the Week on Friday. The Cougars held on for a 5-4 win in game number one. In the second game, Morris scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh to complete the sweep with a 15-14 win.

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UM-Morris 5, Northland 4

The LumberJills scored a first inning run after starting the game with three straight hits. Morris tied the game in the bottom of the second and took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the third. Northland committed an error in the fourth and fifth innings and UMM took advantage, pushing across a run in each inning. Both runners that scored had reached via the error.

Northland pushed across a pair of runners in the top of the fifth, pulling to within two. The Jills threatened and scored in the top of the seventh but could not tie the game. They had runners on first and second with two outs, but Mackenzie Weatherly was able to nail down the win, getting a fielder's choice groundout.

Weatherly finished the game with eight strikeouts and allowing three earned runs.

UM-Morris 15, Northland 14

Both the Jills and the Cougars scored three runs in the first inning as both offenses came out swinging. Northland would score a run in the top of the second but Morris responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. The Jills answered right back scoring three runs in the top of the third, taking a 7-5 lead.

The game settled down but for just a moment, Sam Hanson hit a two run triple in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at seven. Jordan Iverson followed with a single, driving in Hanson and giving UMM an 8-7 lead.

After a scoreless fifth, Northland exploded for five runs in the top of the sixth to take a four run lead. Hanson walked and scored in the bottom of the inning after Iverson had a triple of her own.

The Jills looked to put the game away in the top of the seventh scoring a pair of runs and taking a 14-9 lead. However, Minnesota Morris quickly rallied in the bottom of the seventh. Three straight singles started the inning and pulled the Cougars to within four. A walk loaded the bases and Clare Hamer doubled which drove in two. Hamer later scored on a wild pitch, which tied the game at 14. After a strikeout, Iverson doubled, driving in Kristy Hoge and giving UMM a 15-14 win.

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