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Cougars swept by Saints

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The University of Minnesota, Morris and St. Scholastica played a doubleheader on Thursday, April 17, in Fergus Falls due to field conditions in Morris. The Saints took both games, winning 11-3 in the first and 4-3 in the second.

St. Scholastica 11, UM-Morris 3

St. Scholastica jumped on top in the first inning, taking advantage of two errors and scoring four runs. The Cougars scored a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the inning on a double by Molly Olson, cutting the Saints lead in half.

Cassie Sowada doubled and scored in the bottom of third inning, cutting the lead to 6-3. Once again the Saints rallied, this time scoring three runs in the top of the fourth, starting with three straight hits and then back-to-back one out singles to make the game 7-3.

The Saints pushed across an insurance run in the top of the sixth to extend their lead to 8-3. Another error came back to haunt the Cougars in the top of the seventh as St. Scholastica scored three runs, making it 11-3 headed into the bottom of the seventh and in effect ice the game.

Sam Hanson extended her hitting streak to ten games and Olson extended hers to 15 in game one.

St. Scholastica 4, UM-Morris 3

Minnesota Morris went up early in the second game, scoring in the bottom of the first. The inning started with a HBP (hit by pitch), allowing Gina Downie to reach. She moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Olson's RBI single up the middle. The hit improved Olson's hitting streak to 16. The Saints tied the game up by scoring a run with a two out single in the top of the second.

The Cougars had a two out rally in the bottom of the third scoring a pair of runs. Hanson extended her hitting streak to 11 with a single to start the rally. Jordan Iverson then walked. Kristy Hoge and Mandy Allman had back-to-back RBI singles giving Morris a 3-1 lead. Scholastica responded with a run in the top of the fourth, pulling to within one at 3-2.

The lead transferred to the Saints after scoring a pair of runs in the top of the sixth, one on a passed ball and the other scored on a wild pitch. Morris threatened in the bottom of the seventh, putting a runner on with two outs and Hanson at the plate. Unfortunately for the Cougars, pinch runner Maegan Anderson was thrown out trying to advance on a wild pitch to end the threat and the game.

Brooke Kern

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