Archive for February 25th, 2009

Concordia Sweeps St. Johns at Metrodome

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Concordia University improved to 7-1 on the season as they swept a pair of games from Division 3 foe, St. John’s University of Collegeville, MN. 

The Golden Bears jumped out to an early 5-0 lead which included a 2 run home run by catcher, Chris Herbert.  Concordia’s ace pitcher, Jake Schmidt, was cruising along through 5 innings, giving up only 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits and 11 strikeouts.  In the 6th inning the Johnnies scored 5 runs on a couple new pitchers and some sloppy play which led to 3 unearned tallies giving St. John’s a 7-6 lead.  Concordia scored 1 in the bottom of the 6th and won on a dramatic walk off home run but Bryan Lippincott (SS) to lead off the bottom of the inning.  This gave the Golden Bears an 8-7 victory.

In game 2, Lippincott hit another solo homer but the star for the game was freshman pitcher, Ben Lemke.  After giving up 5 more unearned runs in the first 3 innings on 5 errors, the Golden Bears’ starting pitcher, Blake DeVries was injured.  Concordia brought in Lemke who went the final 4 1/3 innings and gave up no hits & no runs while striking out 4 Johnnies.  This earned him his first career victory.  The final score of 15-7 was in doubt until the end though as the game ran right up to the Metrodome time limit and if it had gone another 7 minutes the game would have been canceled. 

On the day, Chris Herbert was 6-8 with a HR and 7 RBI’s while Jake Schmidt was 6-9 with a double, 2 triples and 5 runs scored.  There’s no word yet on the extent of DeVries’s injury. Lippincott Powers Sweep

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St. Cloud & Bemidji Series – A Family Affair

stcloudstate_logo   Bemidji State Beavers

Northern Sun Conference foes, St. Cloud State (7-3) and Bemidji State (4-4) face off today in a grueling non-conference series at the Metrodome.  The teams will end up playing 4 games within an 18 hour window as the double header today starts at 5pm and their twin bill tomorrow kicks off at 6:30am. 

St. Cloud State is in action for the first time in over a week as they split a 4 game series against Missouri Southern February 13-15 in Joplin, MO.  Bemidji State played a 4 game set this past weekend against Washburn University in Topeka, KS and was able to manage only 1 win while dropping 3.  In the preseason Northern Sun Conference coaches poll, the Huskies were picked to finish 6th and the Beavers were forecast to finish 9th.  NSIC Preseason Poll

As for the family affair, Bemidji State’s starting 2nd baseman is senior, P.J. McIntee.  He has already been recognized as Northern Sun Player of the Week earlier in the year (Players of the Week).  St Cloud State’s starting 2nd baseman is junior, Tyler Horning.  This is Tyler’s first year playing for the Huskies as he transferred to St. Cloud after 2 successful seasons at Ridgewater College.  P.J. and Tyler are first cousins and good friends.  This is the first time they will have had a chance play a college game against each other.  Keep your spikes down boys when trying to break up the double play.

St. Cloud State leads the all-time series 109-32-1 and beat Bemidji State during all 3 meetings in 2008.  Wednesday’s games can be heard online here – Games Broadcast on KVSC Radio


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