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Baseball: Plenty of offense in UM-Morris split with Knights

Minnesota Morris freshman Logan Graves runs for home plate early in game one against Martin Luther Tuesday, April 23, in Morris. Graves went 6-for-10 with five runs scored and three RBI between the two games against the Knights. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times1 / 2
Minnesota Morris freshman Alex Baumann fields a grounder and heads for second for the force out early on in the UMAC game against Martin Luther Tuesday, April 23, in Morris. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times2 / 2

Offense was the name of the game in a doubleheader split between the Minnesota Morris baseball team (4-18, 2-8 UMAC) and Martin Luther (5-20, 3-5 UMAC) Tuesday, April 23, in Morris. The two teams combined for 48 runs on 76 hits between the two games. Martin Luther won the first game, 16-15, and Minnesota Morris won the second game, 11-6.

The Cougars head to Ashland for a doubleheader against Northland on Saturday, April 27 then travel to Northfield for a doubleheader against Carleton Sunday, April 28.

Martin Luther 16, UM-Morris 15

After the Cougars gave up 13 runs over the first two innings, Minnesota Morris chipped away at the lead throughout the game but fell short, 16-15.

A two-run single from Nick Peterson got Minnesota Morris on the board in the bottom of the third inning. The Cougars then added three runs in the bottom of the fifth and two runs in the sixth, to bring the score to 13-7.

Martin Luther then responded with two runs in the seventh, which the Cougars matched with three runs in the home half of the inning thanks to a RBI single by Mack O’Neil and RBI double by Blaise Fairbanks.

With the score in favor of Martin Luther at 15-10, the Knights added a run in the top of the eighth, which proved to be crucial as the Cougars scored five times in the bottom of the eighth inning, including a Logan Graves three-RBI triple.

Martin Luther was able to hold off Minnesota Morris in the bottom of the ninth to pick up the 16-15 victory.

O’Neil, Peterson and Graves all had three RBI in the game. O’Neil, Graves and Fairbanks all tallied four hits each.

UM-Morris 11, Martin Luther 6

UMM held onto an early lead for an 11-6 win over Martin Luther in game two Tuesday, in Morris.

After Martin Luther jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Cougars responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first on two hits. Brady Jergenson doubled in Alex Baumann and Blake Haugen singled to right center to score Jergenson.

The Knights then took a 4-2 lead with three runs in the top of the second.

Trailing 4-2 heading into the bottom of the second, Minnesota Morris tacked on six runs to build an 8-4 lead. Nash Kramer scored on a Cooper Grashorn double, Graves scored on a wild pitch, Haugen and Kramer both had two-RBI singles to end the inning.

The Cougars then added a run in the fourth on a Kramer double and two runs in the seventh on a O’Neil single and Fairbanks double to make it 11-4 in favor of the home team.

The Knights plated two runs in the top of the ninth, but that would be it as the Cougars captured the 11-6 victory.

Haugen had three RBI on three hits. Kramer finished with three RBI and O'Neil had three hits. The Cougars hit six doubles in the win.