MOORHEAD, Minn. (4/17/09)--In one of the most improbable comeback wins in program history, Concordia erased a 7-1 deficit in their second game against UND and scratched out a 10-9 win in eight innings to grab a series split against the NCAA Division I Fighting Sioux. The win marks the second consecutive season that the Cobbers have posted a win over an NCAA Division I opponent. Last year the Cobbers beat North Dakota State 4-2.
The second-game win was even more unlikely due to the fact that Concordia started eight players that do not see regular playing time for the team. It was then highlighted by a pair of unlikely heroes both of whom hail from Belgium. Infielder Joey Troxell started the CC offensive rally in the second inning by connecting on a three-run homer. It was his first collegiate home run and helped cut the Fighting Sioux lead from a daunting 7-1 to a more manageable 7-5. Troxell's boyhood teammate Clem Dupuis then took the mound and held UND scoreless for three straight innings. The three scoreless innings marked the first time since the opening inning of the first game that the Fighting Sioux were held off the scoreboard. In between those innings UND posted 28 runs on 31 hits. Dupuis entered the game in the third inning and allowed only two hits in three innings of work. By the time he left the game the Cobbers had tied the game at 7-7 and had all the momentum heading into the final innings of play.
The second game made an even more improbable turn in the seventh inning when the Fighting Sioux scored a single run in the top of the frame and appeared to be headed for a 8-7 win. However, in the bottom of the inning sophomore outfielder Tony Emmerich connected on a pitch and hit a wind aided home run over the right field fence. The long ball tied the score at 8-8 and sent the game into extra innings.
In the first extra frame UND once again scored what looked to be another game-deciding run when Jake Magner sent a long fly ball over the left center field fence. The hit capped a career day for Magner who went 7-for-9 in the series with eight RBI, two home runs, two doubles and a triple.
Concordia then failed to reach base with their first two batter in the bottom of the inning and were down to their final out before staging the two-run jaw-dropping rally to win the game. Junior Jake Krause started the rally by hitting a ball into right field for a single. Adam Johnson then came on as a pinch hitter and doubled to right center to put runners on second and third. Clinging to a tiny ray of hope, the Cobbers were gift wrapped the tie when Eric Stoa's ground ball to the first baseman was dropped by the pitcher as he was about to tag first base for the final out of the game. Emmerich then notched his second huge RBI in two innings when he legged out an infield single to score Krause from third to send the Cobber bench into a frenzy.
Emmerich finished the game 3-for-4, scored two runs and picked p the huge RBI in the seventh and eighth innings. Andrew Skow-Anderson was credited with the win in the game as he came on in relief of Dupuis and pitched the final three innings. He gave up six hits and allowed two runs to pick up his first win of the season.
The first game of the series was all UND as they pounded out 23 hits and scored 21 runs in a 21-1 win. The lone Cobber bright spot came from the bat of Taylor Sannes who went 2-for-3. The two hits were the first of his collegiate career. He was the only CC hitter with more than one hit in the game as three UND pitchers gave up just three hits.
Concordia will return to conference action when they play at St. Olaf on Monday, Apr. 20 at 1 p.m. The series was originally schedule for Sunday, Apr. 19 but was postponed until Monday due to rain in the forecast. The doubleheader can be heard live on the internet.