Mitchell sweeps Cougars
UMM Sports Information
Last season the University of Minnesota, Morris went 1-6 on its baseball spring trip, playing just two doubleheaders during the week. This year the team will play both regional and non-regional games during a set of five doubleheaders. After playing Mitchell on Monday, they play Finlandia Tuesday before a day off. On Thursday, they take on Wisconsin Lutheran, kicking off a stretch of six games in three days. They finish the weekend up with doubleheaders against Lakeland College and Wisconsin-Stout.
Second year coach Grant Harding has brought in a lot of new, young talent which will team up with a squad full of returners from last season. All-Conference players Eric Terres and Kylan Hill will hope to help the Cougars improve from a five win season in 2013.
Pitching depth was an issue for Morris last season because of all the back-to-back games occurring due to weather. Harding made sure he worked hard in recruiting this off season to help the Cougars succeed. The team is more prepared to deal with those issues this season. The depth will be tested during the spring trip this week.
The Cougars (0-2) dropped their doubleheader with Mitchell College on Monday, falling 12-4 in game one and 4-1 in game two. Eric Terres went 5-7 with a double, two stolen bases, an RBI and a run scored in the two games.
In game one, the Cougars stuck with the Mariners until the fourth inning. Mitchell would open up the game in the inning, taking advantage of a few pitching mistakes and errors in the field. Cody Reinke was 2-3 with a pair of runs scored in the game. Christian Korlath was 2-3 with a double and an RBI.
Joey Hyde went all seven innings in his first career start and held the Mariners to four runs. Unfortunately the Cougars could not get much going offensively in the game. Terres was the bright spot for the Cougars in the game, going 3-4 with a double, stolen base and a run scored.