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Softball: Cougars split with Martin Luther

Lydia Mann connects for a RBI double early in game one of a doubleheader against Martin Luther Tuesday, April 9, in Morris. Mann had eight RBI between the two games. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times1 / 4
UMM assistant softball coach Brendan Goler talks with pitcher Mollie Dummer in-between innings against Martin Luther Tuesday, April 9, in Morris. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times2 / 4
UMM's Jasmine Jensen catches the ball in mid-air and still makes the tag in time for the out of MLC runner Brett Burger early in game one of a doubleheader against the Knights Tuesday, April 9, in Morris. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times3 / 4
Michelle O'Rourke takes off for first after connecting for a hit in the UMAC game against Martin Luther Tuesday afternoon. O'Rourke had three RBI in game one against the Knights. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times4 / 4

The University of Minnesota Morris softball team (13-13, 4-4 UMAC) split a doubleheader against Martin Luther (7-11, 3-3 UMAC) on Tuesday, April 9, in Morris. The Cougars took game one by a score of 11-7 before falling 18-16 in nine innings in game two.

For the Cougar offense in the first game, Lydia Mann and Michelle O'Rourke both tallied three RBI. Seven Cougars recorded at least one RBI in game two, including five RBI by Mann.

UM-Morris 11, Martin Luther 7

The Cougar offense tallied the first run of the afternoon on a Marissa Allen single in the bottom of the first to make it 1-0.

Martin Luther then tied things up in the top of the second, but the Cougars took back the lead with a run in the bottom of the second. After Martin Luther scored twice in the top of the third, Minnesota Morris tacked another two runs.

After a scoreless half inning for Martin Luther, the Cougar offense opened up the game with four runs in the bottom of the fourth to make it an 8-3 contest.

The Knights cut into the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth, but the Cougars responded with three runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Trailing 11-5 heading into the top of the seventh, Martin Luther plated two runs and the Cougars were able to hold off the Vikings for the 11-7 win.

Martin Luther 18, UM-Morris 16

Neither offense slowed down in game two with the Cougars responding to the Knights almost each time.

Martin Luther opened the game with three runs in the top of the first, which was followed by a Cougar run in the home half of the inning.

The fourth inning saw Martin Luther score three times, but the Cougars responded with four runs.

In the sixth, the two teams combined for 17 runs as Martin Luther scored nine and the Cougars scored eight times.

After Martin Luther added a run in the top of the seventh, the Cougars tied things up at 16-16 with three runs of their own sending the game into extra innings.