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Cougars sweep Lions

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University of Minnesota, Morris Cougar baseball (2-2) earned their first sweep on the annual spring trip since 2009 with a pair of wins over Finlandia. Morris won game one 2-1 before a big 13-2 win in game two. Charlie Sorenson and Brodie Raymond each earned victories in their first starts of their career.

Finlandia took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning in game one. Minnesota Morris got the run back in the bottom of the first inning. Cody Reinke drew a two out walk and stole second to get in scoring position. He scored on a fielding error that allowed Kylan Hill to reach base.

Sorenson allowed just one hit in the next four at bats to keep the game tied. The Cougars offense went to work to score three runs and take a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth. A leadoff walk and error set up the UMM rally. With runners on second and third Jake Schmitz squeezed home Scott Peterson, giving Morris a 2-1 lead. Reinke followed that up with a double to score both Evan Ellingworth and Schmitz, breaking the game open.

Sorenson would go the distance allowing just two hits in his seven innings of work. He struck out six allowing just that one run. Reinke finished the game 1-2 with a walk and two RBI.

Raymond got the start in game two and again Finlandia took an early lead. They would score in the bottom of the second taking a 1-0 lead. Morris would get the run back and then some in the top of the fourth inning. The rally started with a one out error, allowing Kylan Hill to reach. A hit-by-pitch followed and shortly after Chandler Erickson drew a walk to load the bases with two outs. Devin Waldvogel singled home Kyle Grote and Hill, giving UMM the 2-1 lead. After another hit-by-pitch, Eric Terres had a two run single to drive home Erickson and Waldvogel.

The Lions got a run back in the fifth to cut the Morris lead in half. The Cougars would break the game open with a nine run seventh inning to take a 13-2 lead. In the inning Schmitz had a double and a single while drawing in a pair of runs. Reinke added a pair of doubles in the inning and drove in two as Morris opened up a 13-2 lead.

Minnesota Morris is off tomorrow before taking on Wisconsin Lutheran on Thursday as they look to climb above .500.

Brooke Kern

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