Cougars drop three to nationally ranked St. Scholastica
St. Scholastica, ranked No. 9 in division III baseball, swept three games from the University of Minnesota, Morris over the weekend in Duluth.
The losses drop the Cougars to 6-20 overall, but more importantly 5-10 in the UMAC, leaving them two games out of fourth place, the final spot for a post-season berth.
Solid pitching held UMM to a combined 10 hits in three games.
Due to rain in the forecast, the teams played a doubleheader on Friday and just one game on Saturday. The original schedule called for the opposite.
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The Cougars played well in game one with no errors, but fell to the Saints 6-1. Starting pitcher Jordan Gegen gave up some early runs, but finished with three scoreless innings. However, UMM could not solve the Saints' Steve Gerten, who pitched a four-hitter and gave up a lone run in the first inning.
In the top of the first, back-to-back doubles from shortstop Matt Peterson and second baseman Ian Olson gave the Cougars an early score. They were positioned for more runs, but left three stranded on base.
The Saints answered with two runs in the bottom of the first and four more in the third inning. Gerten helped his own cause with a two-run blast.
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In game two, the Saints bashed out 18 runs in the first inning, cruising to a 19-0 win.
Starting pitcher Kyle Blair and Nate Haseman struggled to contain the Saints, going a combined two and 2/3 innings. Junior Tom Fox reigned in the CSS offense, closing the game with three innings of two-hit ball.
Meanwhile, the Saints' pitching stifled the Cougar bats. Three pitchers combined for a three-hitter, led by junior Matt Lewis who allowed only one UMM runner to reach third base (Josh Ledin in the second).
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The Saints completed the three-game sweep on Saturday with a 12-2 victory. Again, they used early runs to separate from the Cougars.
Starting pitcher Lee Arvold gave up nine runs in three innings before handing the ball over to Ted Gray.
The Saints used three pitchers again to combine on a three-hitter. Senior starter Jeff Adams went four innings, giving up one hit.