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Cougars still third in UMAC softball

The University of Minnesota, Morris softball team hung on to third place in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference despite a 1-3 weekend.

Playing on the road at Northland College, the Cougar softball team split a doubleheader Saturday. Then in Duluth on Sunday, the Cougars were swept by St. Scholastica in a double header.

Northland 11

UM-Morris 3

Late runs and late errors allowed the Lumberjills to pull away for an 11-3 win in game one.

The game was tied at two going into the bottom of the fifth inning, when the Lumberjills hit two home runs off UMM starter Kali Cordes.  The second home run was a three-run shot from Amanda Seely.

Trailing 6-2, the Cougars managed to take back a run in the top of the sixth, but faltering defense in the bottom half enabled Northland to pick up five more runs on just two hits to close out the win.

UM-Morris 6

Northland 4

In game two, the Cougars shook off the late collapse and rebounded for a solid 6-4 win.  Tasha Johnson picked up the win, going 5 and 1/3 innings.  Sophomore Kelli Hamilton pitched 1 and 1/3 to finish the game.

Five players had RBIs for UMM in the win.

The Cougars overturned a 2-1 deficit in the top of the third inning, scoring four times.  Senior catcher Julie Rohling singled, followed by Heather Briese who reached on a error.  Britney Glisczinski drew a walk to load the bases for second baseman Heidi Miller who singled home Rohling.  First baseman Emily Mehr then singled home Briese and Johnson brought home two more runners with a double.

The Jumberjills mounted a rally in the fifth inning, picking up a couple runs before Johnson got out of the inning. Hamilton relieved Johnson in the sixth to finish the game.

St. Scholastica 16

UM-Morris 2

Scholastica's Jen Falk cuffed UMM batters with a two-hitter as the Saints cruised to a 16-2 win in game one.

Cordes took the loss, unable to complete the first inning in which CSS scored seven times.  Johnson finished the game in relief.

The game started on a high note for the Cougars, however.  Rohling homered to left center in the top of the first inning, driving home junior Liz Leuty, for a brief 2-0 lead.

St. Scholastica 10

UM-Morris 1

In the nightcap, the Saints used early runs to set the tone of the game.  Leading 6-0 after three innings, they needed five innings to close out the sweep, winning 10-1.

CSS pitching again proved difficult to solve.  Freshman Shannen Smith threw a five-hitter, not allowing a Cougar run until the top of the fifth when first-year player Ally Obernolte singled home Mehr.

Hamilton pitched through a complete game in the loss.