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Cougars, Knights split UMAC double header

The University of Minnesota, Morris softball team defeated Martin Luther College 9-4 April 24 at the Cougar softball field to gain a split of their Upper Midwest Athletic Conference double header. MLC won the opener 6-0.

Martin Luther 6

UM-Morris 0

In the first game, Martin Luther scored all the runs they would need in the top of the first with a four-run inning on the way to a 6-0 win.

Becky Hering held the Cougars to just four hits in the game, two by Rettig, in picking up the win.

UM-Morris 9

Martin Luther 4

The Cougars took a 3-0 lead after just one half inning of play in the second game as they scored three runs on three hits in the top of the first and never looked back. All three runs came with two outs in the inning.

Rosalynn Johnson (St. Paul), who earlier in the inning singled, scored when Nicole Rettig (Carlos) reached on an error.

Stephanie Wilson (Detroit Lakes) also reached on an error to put runners at first and third.

After Shelly Remer (Isle) reached on an infield single to load the bases, Dana Herrera (Coon Rapids) doubled to left center to drive in Rettig and Wilson to put UMM on top 3-0.

UMM added a pair of runs in the second on a Rettig single to right center to drive in Tiffany Youngblom (Lafayette) and Rosalynn Johnson to give the Cougars a 5-0 lead.

Martin Luther picked up a run in the bottom of the third to make it a 5-1 ballgame.

In the fourth, Rettig's two-run homerun down the left field line, her third round tripper of the season, gave UMM a 7-1 advantage.

Rettig, who finished the game with five RBIs, drove in another run in the sixth after the Cougars picked up their first run of the inning when Youngblom scored on an MLC throwing error. That gave UMM a 9-1 cushion.

The Knights scored three times in the bottom of the sixth to make the final 9-4.

Johnson and Rettig each had two hits for the Cougars Herrera had two runs batted in.

Emilie Kalvig (Blackduck) picked up the win working seven innings and allowed just the four runs.

The double header was senior day for the four seniors who played their final home games of the season, Dana Herrera, Rosalynn Johnson, Shelly Remer and Nicole Rettig.