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Softball: Eagles sweep Cougars in UMAC play

Minnesota Morris senior Megan Knickerbocker stretches for the catch in center field in game one against Northwestern Tuesday, April 23, in Morris. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times1 / 3
Minnesota Morris junior Becca Holland goes to throw to first for a force out after a bunt during the UMAC game against Northwestern Tuesday, April 23, in Morris. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times2 / 3
Minnesota Morris freshman Mollie Dummer winds up to pitch from the circle in the game against Northwestern Tuesday, April 23, in Morris. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times3 / 3

The University of Minnesota Morris softball team (15-17, 6-8 UMAC) dropped a pair of five-inning Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) games to the Northwestern Eagles (20-14, 9-5 UMAC) Tuesday, April 23, in Morris. The Eagles won 9-0 in the opener and then 12-3 in the finale.

The Cougars next play host to Concordia Moorhead for a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in Morris, then close out the regular season with a doubleheader against UW-Superior at1 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in Morris.

Despite the two losses, the Cougars clinched a berth in the 2019 UMAC Tournament, which will be held Thursday through Saturday, May 2-4 at the No. 1 seed, which will either be Bethany Lutheran or UW-Superior. Both are 12-0 in UMAC play.

Northwestern 9, UM-Morris 0

The Eagles scored twice in the first inning, once in the second, once in the fourth and five times in the fifth inning to secure the 9-0 victory in game one of the doubleheader Tuesday, in Morris.

The Cougars recorded just two hits in the game, one each by Emily Nordquist and Jasmine Jensen.

Northwestern 12, UM-Morris 3

Northwestern struck early in the second game with four runs in the first inning. The Eagles then scored twice in the second and six times in the third on their way to a 12-3 game two victory.

Trailing 12-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth, the Cougars got on the board with three runs. For the Cougars in the fifth, Marissa Allen singled up the middle to score Megan Knickerbocker, Michelle O'Rourke then doubled to left field to score Lacey Sullivan. Minnesota Morris picked up its final run on a sacrifice fly from Nordquist.

Sullivan and Nordquist had two hits apiece in the game.

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