Wind Wins First-Ever Games At "The Jake"

Wind Wins First-Ever Games At "The Jake"

MOORHEAD, N.D. (3/29/14)—Concordia made history on Saturday by playing the very first games in Jake Christiansen Stadium. The Cobbers battled Jamestown in the usual home of the Concordia football team on a day that was dominated by the cold and wind.

Concordia gave up a pair of football-like scores and lost 9-1 and 14-2 to the Jimmies. The shorthanded Cobbers were done in by three huge innings in the two games. CC gave up a four-run and a three-run frame in the opener and then a 10-run second inning in the finale and lost for the fourth straight time.

The Cobbers are now 4-11 on the season while the Jimmies win for the sixth straight game and even their overall season record at 9-9.

The two games were played on the FieldTurf surface of the football stadium. The diamond was set up with home plate facing southeast and directly into a steady 20-25 mph wind. No batted ball in the two games threatened the portable fences and every time the ball went into the air it was an adventure for the fielders.      

Concordia came up with four hits in the first game and were led by freshman Madison Little who was 2-for-3 from her leadoff spot in the batting order. The Cobbers scored their only run of the game in the fifth inning when Mackenzie Jensen singled to center field, stole second base and advanced to third on a single from Little. Jensen then scored on a wild pitch.

Hilary Rotunda pitched all seven innings for the Cobbers. She gave up only three earned runs as CC committed three big errors in the game. Both of Jamestown's big innings in the opener were extended by Concordia miscues.

The second game started with the teams trading runs in the first inning. Concordia gave up a single run in the top of the frame and then answered with a pair of hits and a run of their own in the bottom. Little came around to score the run after she led off with a single and then advanced to second and third via wild pitches. Kellie Morehouse earned the RBI with a sacrifice fly to left field.

Concordia was unable to get the final out in the second inning and gave up 10 runs. CC would once again score in the bottom of the fifth inning. Little scored her second run of the game when she scampered home from second base on a single up the middle by Ashley Tibbetts.

The Cobbers had five hits in the second game and nine overall in the two games. Both Little and Tibbetts had three hits on the day. After going 2-for-3 in the opener, Little was 1-for-2 in the finale and went 3-for-5 in the two games. She upped her average to .354 on the year. She was unable to make up any ground on team-leading hitter Tibbetts who was also 3-for-5 and is now hitting .382.

Concordia will finish off their "Jake" weekend when they host Minn.-Morris on Sunday, Mar. 30 at 1 p.m.