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Saints sweep Cougars 3-0 in Duluth

The University of Minnesota, Morris was swept 3-0 by St. Scholastica, the best team in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. The Saints stayed unbeaten in UMAC play, with 2-0 and 4-0 victories Friday and a 19-4 win Saturday in Duluth.

The Cougars stand at 3-14 overall and are 3-4 in UMAC play.

St. Scholastica 2

UM-Morris 0

The Cougars were held in check Friday, as host St. Scholastica swept a doubleheader by scores of 2-0 and 4-0.

In game one, Saint starter Mickie Keuning threw a no-hitter, allowing just three Cougars to reach base, including Eric Terres who walked twice. In the first inning, Dustin Sauter also reached on an error, but in all three cases, the runners were stranded.

Keuning struck out eight on the day, as the Cougars squandered another quality pitching performance from Jake Johnson. Johnson threw all six innings, allowing just one earned run, while scattering eight hits on the day.

The Saints got single runs in the first and third for the win, before Johnson shut them out for the final three frames.

St. Scholastica 4

UM-Morris 0

Jordan Gegen followed Johnson with the Cougars' second straight quality start on the day, keeping the powerful Saint offense off the board until the fifth inning.

The Cougars were unable to capitalize though, mustering just four hits while the Saints took advantage of three Morris errors.

St. Scholastica 19

UM-Morris 4

The Cougars saw the strength of St. Scholastica Saturday, as the host Saints capped the series sweep with a 19-4 win.

St. Scholastica jumped out quickly, taking an early 2-0 lead after the first inning. But in the second they really took charge, opening up for eight runs on just seven hits. Morris starter Ted Gray couldn't make it out of the inning as 13 total batters made their way to the plate in the second.

The Saints added another five runs in the third, stepping out to a 15-0 lead after just three innings, while also seeing their third Cougar pitcher.

After being no-hit in the opener Friday, the Cougars were held hitless for the first four innings, with Nick Perrotte finally breaking the streak in the top of the fifth with his single to center.

Also in the fifth, the Cougars broke out of a 26-inning scoreless streak, that dated back to the seventh inning of their win over Crown in the series finale. Perrotte's single scored Eric Terres to put the Cougars on the board, with Perrotte also coming home later in the inning for the Cougar's first two runs.

Morris added two more runs in the sixth, while the Saint scoring barrage cooled to just four runs over the final four innings before the game ended with a 19-4 final.

Perrotte continues to lead the team in hits, moving to 17 on the year, while also hitting safely for the fourth time in the last seven games.