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Cougars' softball season ends in Duluth

The University of Minnesota, Morris softball season ended Saturday with two losses at the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference post-season tournament in Duluth.

In game one, the Cougars took conference leading St. Scholastica to eight innings before losing 4-2. In the second game, the Lumberjills of Northland College used an eight-run fifth inning to prevail 9-1.

The Cougars' season ended with an overall record of 16-24, a record number of wins for the program.

St. Scholastica 4

UM-Morris 2

As the No. 4 seed, the Cougars started the day facing the top-seeded St. Scholastica.

The Cougars got on the board early, scoring one run in the first inning. After Diane Blommel and Heidi Miller walked, Britney Glisczinski singled to center field for one RBI. Miller was left at third.

St. Scholastica answered by scoring on a throwing error in the bottom of the first.

The Cougars scored another run in the third. This time Miller singled and scored on another Glisczinski RBI single.

The Cougars held a one-point lead until the seventh, when St. Scholastica scored an unearned run to tie it 2-2.

The Saints won it in the eighth with a two-run homer.

Emily Mehr took the loss for the Cougars, giving up four hits, five walks, and two earned runs.

Northland 9

UM-Morris 1

The Cougars scored first again in the second game against Northland College, but fell to the Lumberjills 9-1 in six innings.

In the top of the third, Ally Obernolte doubled to right center, advanced to third on a ground out, and scored on Liz Leuty's sacrifice fly.

The Cougars couldn't stop Northland College in the fifth, as the Lumberjills scored eight runs on five hits and four walks, including a grand slam.

Northland College added another run in the sixth.

Kali Cordes pitched five innings for the Cougars, giving up six hits, five walks, and eight earned runs. Mehr came in to pitch the final two-thirds inning and gave up two hits and one earned run.