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Lead slips away in Cougar loss to Northland

The University of Minnesota, Morris baseball team jumped out to a 6-1 lead after three innings, but saw their offense stall out as visiting Northland came all the way back for a 12-6 win Saturday.

Northland got on the board first with a run in the top of the first, but the Cougars came right back with two in the bottom of the inning on a two-RBI single from Mike McGill, with the senior driving in his team-leading 16th and 17th runs of the season.

Morris then extended their lead to 5-1 with a three-run second, including a two-run homerun from Neil Arvold, the first of his career, and the second round-tripper for the Cougars this season.

With starter Jake Johnson cruising through the first three innings - allowing just three hits - the Cougars added one more in the third on an Eric Terres RBI single.

Terres led the offense with a 4-for-4 day, his first career four-hit day, moving his season average to .354. Terres also scored twice and drove in one. He led the Cougars to 12 hits on the day, their third highest total of the season. Eight of the nine Cougar starters finished with at least one hit.

Northland started their comeback with two in the fourth, and tied the game with a three-run fifth. A pair of bases-loaded singles in the fifth completed the comeback, fully erasing the Cougars' lead. A five-run sixth by the LumberJacks then gave them a lead they wouldn't lose.

Arvold led off the bottom of the sixth with a walk and advanced all the way to third before being stranded as Northland worked out of the jam