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Pitching controls Rams in series sweep for Cougars

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Minnesota Morris "hosted" North Central in a rare tripleheader on Friday, sweeping the Rams in all three games in Northfield. Morris’ pitching staff did not allow single earned run on the day as the Cougars won by the scores 6-0, 11-1, and 3-0.

UM-Morris 6, North Central 0

It was a slow start in terms of offense in the first game but the Cougars did play with the lead after scoring a first inning run. Jake Schmitz singled and stole second to get in scoring position. The bases were loaded when Christian Korlath stepped to the plate. Korlath reached on a fielder’s choice that allowed Schmitz to come in and score.

Jake Johnson needed just one run as he scattered five hits in seven innings allowing just two runners past second base in the game. He struck out a season high 13 batters, earning the complete game shutout.

The Cougars ended up giving him some run support later in the game. Morris took advantage of four errors in the bottom of the fourth inning to score three runs and take a 4-0 lead. Doug Zimmel connected for a two run single through the right side in the bottom of the fifth to plate pinch runner Evan Ellingworth and Donnie Mavencamp.

The game ended with the Cougars winning 6-0.

UM-Morris 11, North Central 1

Again the Cougars put up a first inning run in the second game as a Rams error came back to hurt them. The lead grew to three in the bottom of the second when Eric Terres drove in a pair of runners with a one out single. Two more runs crossed the plate in the bottom of the third, extending the Cougars lead to five. A fourth consecutive unearned run scored in the bottom of the fourth, thanks to a sac fly off the bat of Kylan Hill.

Starting pitcher Mitch Reller allowed just one hit through four and a third, holding the Rams off the board until the top of the fifth inning. The Rams scored an unearned run to spoil the shutout.

Morris responded by scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Cougars drew two walks and had two batters hit during the inning. Hill had a two run single for the Cougars. Devin Waldvogel hit a sac fly to score pinch hitter Reid Thomas, who had reached on a double giving UMM the 11-1 lead after six. Luke Jorgenson threw two strong innings out of the bullpen to finish out the win for the Cougars.

UM-Morris 3, North Central 0

After two and half scoreless innings, the Cougars had three straight singles and scored a pair of runs, taking a 2-0 lead. Starter Joey Hyde scattered two hits in the first five innings of work to keep the Cougars in the lead.

North Central threatened in the sixth, putting runners on first and third with back-to-back two out singles but Hyde was able to keep it 2-0, after getting the Rams fifth hitter to strike out looking.

Minnesota Morris scored an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth making it 3-0. Hill singled through the left side and then Korlath doubled to deep center allowing pinch runner Ellingworth to score.

Waldvogel came in and pitched a perfect seventh to earn his fourth save of the season, throwing just seven pitches in his outing.

Cody Reinke had four RBI in the tripleheader, leading the team. Hill pitched in with three RBI and five other Cougars had two RBI in the sweep. The pitching staff combined for 32 strikeouts, which meant the staff got 50.8% of the outs on Friday via the strikeout.

Brooke Kern

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