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Cougar offense remains hot in split

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The University of Minnesota, Morris softball (7-11, 2-2 UMAC) opened up day two of the UMAC crossover with a 9-8 extra inning win over Northland. In the second game, the Cougars were unable to hold onto a 3-0 lead over St. Scholastica, falling 10-6.

The Lumberjills scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, starting the game with back to back homers. Sam Hanson tied the game with one swing in the top of the second on a two run home run, scoring Jordan Iverson. The game didn't stay tied long as Northland scored a pair of runs on a one out single, going up 4-2. Morris answered right back when Iverson drove in a pair of runs with a two out single, scoring Kristy Hoge and Molly Olson.

In the bottom of the fourth Northland again took a two run lead with a two run double. The Cougars drew within one on a pinch hit homerun by Kelsey Fisher, the first of her career. Hanson gave the Cougars a one run lead in the top of the seventh with a single to right field, which scored both Hoge and Iverson. Hanson was unable to keep the Cougars in the lead while in the circle, giving up the game tying run on a two out single.

The game moved to the eighth inning and the Cougars took a 9-7 lead when Iverson singled up the middle scoring Hoge and Olson. Hanson was able to earn the win after pitching around a two out home run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

In the second game, Morris jumped on top of St. Scholastica with a three run second inning. Mandy Allman had a two RBI single scoring Olson and Iverson. She scored three batters later when Gina Downie reached on a two out infield single. The Saints got two of those runs back in the bottom of the third with a two run homer, but the Cougars answered with a couple runs in the top of the fourth.

Alex Anderson singled up the middle to plate Allman for the first run of the fourth inning. With two outs, Hoge singled through the left side allowing Anderson to score. Scholastica took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning scoring four runs on two hits, two walks and a hit-by-pitch. Morris was able to knot the game at six in the top of the sixth as Anderson scored on a wild pitch.

St. Scholastica came alive in the bottom of the inning scoring four runs with two outs and taking a 10-6 lead. The big hit in the inning was a three run homer, a batter after the Saints scored their go ahead run. The Cougars went down swinging three times in the seventh inning to finish the game.

The Cougars will be home for the first this season as they host Martin Luther on Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m.

Brooke Kern

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