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Cougars can't keep up with Warriors

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The Minnesota Morris Cougars could not hold a lead in game one, falling 6-5 to Wisconsin Lutheran. In the second game of the double header WLC jumped out to a 5-0 lead and the Cougars never recovered falling, 12-1.

In game one, UMM took the lead in the top of the third, aided by a fielding error. Jake Schmitz reached on a one out error, and advanced to second on the throw. He scored on a two out single by Kylan Hill. Wisconsin Lutheran tied the game and took the lead in the bottom half of the inning scoring a pair of runs on one hit, taking advantage of back-to–back walks to start the inning.

Christian Korlath opened the fourth inning up with a homer to left center, knotting the game. Doug Zimmel followed it up with a double and advanced to third on sac bunt from Chandler Erickson. Donnie Mavencamp drove home Zimmel on sac fly to center field.

The Cougars extended the lead in the top of the fifth scoring a pair of runs without getting a hit. The inning started with three straight walks to load the bases. Kyle Grote picked up a RBI when he was hit by a pitch, bringing in Schmitz from the third. Korlath drove in Cody Reinke with a sac fly to center field.

Wisconsin Lutheran responded with a four run bottom of the fifth inning to take the lead 6-5 and held on for the win. The big hits in the inning were a pair of doubles that each brought in a pair of runs.

Korlath finished the game 2-2 with two RBI in the first game.

The Warriors scored a run in the top of the second inning to take a 1-0 lead early in the second game. They added four unearned runs in the top of the third and two unearned in the top of the fourth, extending their lead to 7-0 to take full control. Reinke led off the bottom of the fourth and came around to score the lone Cougar run on a groundout from Grote.

Minnesota Morris could not keep up with Warriors as they added four runs in the top of the sixth to put the game out of reach. Wisconsin Lutheran went on to win the game 12-1 to earn the sweep.

Kylan Hill and Schmitz each had a pair of hits in the second game against the Warriors.

Brooke Kern

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