ST. PETER, Minn. (4/10/09)--Concordia erupted for 25 runs and 27 hits as they swept a pair of games at Gustavus on Friday. The Cobbers jumped on the board early in both games to post their first sweep over the Gusties since 2004 and their first sweep at Gustavus since 1993. CC scored five runs in the first inning of game one and went on to win 15-0 and then posted a six-spot in the first frame of game 2 and cruised to a 10-6 victory.
The two wins even the Cobbers' MIAC record at 2-2. Concordia is now 8-5 in all games and has won eight of their past 10 games. The Gusties lose for the first time in conference play and are now 4-2 in the MIAC and 11-11 overall.
On Tuesday Concordia managed to plate only two runs and struck out 23 times against No.16-ranked St. Thomas. On Saturday the Cobbers quickly jumped into the hitting groove by having eight different players record at least two hits in the series. CC was led by Nick Lewis and Kyle Johnson. Lewis was 6-for-8 with five RBI's. He went 4-for-5 with five RBI's in the opener. Johnson continues to tear apart MIAC pitching. He was 3-for-7 in the series with a home run and a pair of doubles. He cranked out his league-leading fourth roundtripper in the first game and is now hitting .455 in league play and has a slugging percentage of 1.00.
The first game was decided in the first inning when Concordia scored five times. That would be all that junior pitcher Adam Johnson needed as he threw a three-hit shutout and allowed only one runner to reach second base. He struck out six and induced 10 ground outs. He kept the Gustavus hitters off balance and held them scoreless for the first time this season and for the first time in the past 29 games.
The second game was also determined in the first inning when the Cobbers scored six times. Gustavus countered with three runs in the bottom of the inning and eventually got to within one at 7-6 in the bottom of the third inning. However, a three-run seventh inning gave Concordia a four-run cushion and they were able to complete the seeep in the bottom of the inning.
The Cobber bullpen stole the show in the second game. Jake Torrison and Chris Fellows combined to pitch six innings and only allowed one earned run. Torrison entered in the bottom of the first inning, pitched 2.2 innings and earned his team-leading second win of the year. Fellows entered in the fourth inning, did not allow a single run and went 3.1 innings before handing off the ball in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Concordia will hopefully play their opener on Tuesday, Apr. 14 when they square off against Macalester at 2:30 p.m.