Run Streak, Run Streak, Run Streak, Win

Nate Leintz (#12) had one of the Cobbers' five extra base hits in the team's 8-7 non-conference win at Minn.-Morris.
Nate Leintz (#12) had one of the Cobbers' five extra base hits in the team's 8-7 non-conference win at Minn.-Morris.

MORRIS, Minn. (4/04/17)--- Concordia traded run streaks against Minn.-Morris and put up the final string of runs as they beat the Cougars 8-7.

The Cobbers broke to a 5-1 lead with four straight runs before Morris countered with six straight runs to take a 7-5 lead. Concordia then finished the game with two runs in the eighth and the game-winning run in the ninth to win 8-7.

The victory is the third in the last four games for Concordia who up their overall record to 10-8. CC has now won at least 10 games in every year since the 1979 season. Morris loses for only the second time in the last six games and drops to 5-12 on the year.

Concordia outhit the Cougars 14-11 but the winning run came courtesy of a ground ball out. The Cobbers loaded the bases with one out in the last frame and then Nate Hoeft hit a grounder to the side of the pitcher's mound which was able to score pinch runner Brett Erickson from third base.

The Cobbers continued their recent string of extra base hits. After only having 19 extra base knocks in their first 15 games of the year Concordia has put up 13 in the last three games. CC had five extra base hits against the Cougars and six of the eight runs came via a double or triple.

The biggest extra base hit came from Joe Hallock who drove in the two runs in the eighth inning when he doubled to left center field. Hallock was one of two Concordia hitters who had three hits on the day. He went 3-for-4 and had the two RBI.

Hallock also upped his hitting streak to seven games. He four multiple-hit games in the last five outings and is hitting .417 over that stretch. He is now hitting .355 for the year.
 
Turner Storm also had three hits for CC as he went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs and scored twice.   

Chad Johnson, Alec Sames and Nate Hillerud all had two-hit games. Johnson and Sillerud went 2-for-5 while Sames was 2-for-4.

Sophomore Jake Stilwell picked up his first collegiate victory on the hill for the Cobbers. He didn't allow a hit in the final two innings of play.

Ty Syverson started the game for CC and went the first 4.1 innings. He allowed five earned runs and struck out one. Kyle Knaeble bridged the gap between Syverson and Stilwell. He pitched 2.2 innings and gave up a pair of hits and one earned run.

WHAT'S NEXT: Concordia will host their conference home opener on Wednesday, Apr. 5 when they square off against league-leading Bethel at 1 p.m. The Royals are 17-3 overall and 2-0 in league play and have won nine straight games.