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Cobbers drop four in a row against tough opponents
by Tim Hanson -The Concordian

The Concordia softball team hopes to rebound this season after a disappointing year in 2001.

“I think we have done pretty well this season,” said head coach Steve Baumgartner. “We have shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times defensively making mental mistakes, but I like the way the team battles during games.” 

The team started out with a four-game winning streak in MIAC play, including recent wins against Bethel 12-9, 7-0 on Saturday.

“We really don’t ever give up. I think we are one of the top three teams in the conference and I think it’s just a matter of time before the gals realize that and take off,” Baumgartner said.

The season stalled with the recent four-game losing streak against St. Mary’s and St. Thomas giving the team a 4-4 MIAC record. The team is currently in sixth place behind Gustavus who is 5-2 in conference play. However, the Cobbers still have time to redeem themselves with over half of the season still to be played.

“I think the first four games were relatively easy games and now we have just played two of the top teams in the conference,” senior Megan Johnson said. “We would have liked to split or take both games,but I don’t see it as a losing streak. We lost four games and we will go out and get back on track against St. Ben’s on Thursday.”

There have been a few bright spots this season for Concordia. Senior Jill Pontius is currently second in batting average in the MIAC with a .483 average. 

“She wants to win and she has just been in a zone,” Baumgartner said. “She has had lots of doubles along with three home runs this season. Hopefully she stays in that zone. She is a very good competitor. She should be an all-conference player, but she will have to keep these numbers up. She is one of those girls that doesn’t fear any pitcher standing in front of her.”

The Cobbers are also fifth as a team in batting average at .303. Senior pitcher Erin Gunderson is first in earned run average with a 1.53 E.R.A. The team is last in the stolen base category. However, Baumgartner doesn’t seem to mind.

“We have a couple of girls who will steal bases, but it’s my philosophy that these are sixty foot bases, so if there is a hit to a gap, you are going to move from first to third, or from second to home,” Baumgartner said. “I’m not worried about it, if we can swipe a base here and there, great, but it’s a thing that I don’t worry about too much.”

In the first game of a double header Tuesday against league-leading MIAC rival St. Thomas, Concordia fell behind early and could not overcome the Tommies powerful offense.

With one out in the first inning, Tommies Michelle Wong singled to left field and then preceded to steal second and third base, which allowed Wong on the next play to score an unearned run on an error. St. Thomas took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, and it was all down hill for the Cobbers after that.

In the second inning, the Tommies scored five runs to give them a nice cushion at 6-0. In the third inning, St. Thomas scored one more to make their lead 7-0. In the top of the fourth the Tommies would score the last of their eight runs when Shannon Moore hit a fly ball that dropped into left field scoring Heather Martin from third to give the St. Thomas an 8-0 advantage. Concordia couldn’t get anything going on offense because of tough Tommies’ left-handed pitcher Stacy Tamble, who only allowed two hits. The game ended after five innings because of the eight run rule. The losing pitcher for the Cobbers was freshman Gretta Stritesky, whose record went to 4-4.

In the second game, Concordia kept it closer, but still had trouble on offense, losing 4-1. For the Cobbers, the game was filled with mental mistakes accounting for five errors which the team couldn’t recover from.

St. Thomas again took an early lead in the first inning when Gina Utecht hits a line drive down the third base line for a single and advanced to second on the throw. Wong scored an unearned run on an error by junior first baseman Stacie Johnson to give the Tommies a 1-0 lead. In the second inning St. Thomas gained another run to increase their lead to 2-0. 

In the bottom of the fourth, Concordia got on the scoreboard when with two outs and a 1-2 count Pontius drove the ball from Tommies pitcher Andrea Sweeney into center field for a home run to cut St. Thomas’ lead to 2-1.

However, in the top of the sixth, St. Thomas added another run to give them a 3-1 lead. In the top of the seventh the Tommies added an insurance run to finish off the Cobbers leading by three, 4-1. Concordia tried to rally, but came up short against a powerful St. Thomas team. The Losing pitcher for the Cobbers was Gunderson, whose record went to 6-4. 

In earlier action, Concordia took on MIAC powerhouse St. Mary’s on Sunday in a doubleheader. In the first game, the Cobbers played well on defense, but couldn’t get their bats swinging on offense losing 2-0. The Cardinals pitcher Stacy O’ Malley pitched a seven inning no hitter. The loss broke a four-game MIAC winning streak. The losing pitcher for the Cobbers was Gunderson.

“I think it’s not so much that we have had a lack of offense in the last four games, but that we have not been stringing our hits together,” Johnson said. “When we have hits together they create runs and it hasn’t happened with the last two teams.”

In the second game of the doubleheader, Concordia was able to generate some offense, but was lacking on defense this time, losing 9-5. In the first two innings, St. Mary’s scored six of their nine runs to doom the Cobbers. Concordia did fight back, scoring five runs off of Cardinals pitcher Jennifer Gonerka. However, down the stretch the Cobbers couldn’t overtake St. Mary’s. Both teams played solid defense in the last two innings. The losing pitcher for Concordia was Stritesky.

After the Cobbers host St. Ben’s on Thursday, the team travels to St. Peter, Minn to take on Gustavus at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

“We just lost to two of the top teams in the conference, but we are looking to be in third place this season,” Johnson said. “We will be in third place at the end of the season after beating St. Ben’s and Gustavus, When we get those wins I believe that it will put us in the third place. We have that kind of a team to be a top three finisher.”

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