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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • College baseball: Mustangs end Golden Eagles’ season with 4 losses

  • The Mustangs defeated the Golden Eagles 2-0 and 5-2 Saturday and 3-2 and 5-2 Sunday, dropping UMC's season record to 1-42 (1-29 NSIC).
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  • The Minnesota Crookston baseball was swept in a four-game series with Southwest Minnesota State Saturday and Sunday in Crookston to close out the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference regular season. Both teams did not advance to the postseason.
     
    The Mustangs defeated the Golden Eagles 2-0 and 5-2 Saturday and 3-2 and 5-2 Sunday, dropping UMC's season record to 1-42 (1-29 NSIC). SMSU improves to 17-23-1 (11-13 NSIC).The games were supposed to be played in Marshall but were relocated to Crookston due to the field conditions in Marshall.

    Game one
    The Golden Eagles' J.C. Crane (Sr., C/OF/P, Tucson, Ariz.) would get tagged with the lost even though he had his second-straight strong pitching outing. He pitched all six innings, allowed six hits,  two runs both of which were earned with one walk and two strikeouts. Crane’s record drops to 0-6. McGlauflin got the win for SMSU. He pitched seven innings, gave up five hits, one walk and struck out seven UMC batters. Corby McGlauflin’s record improved to 2-1 with the victory.
     
    The Golden Eagles offensively were led by Brehmer who was a perfect 3-for-3 in game one. Haight and Jesse Jennings (So., IF/OF, Robbinsdale, Minn.) also had hits. The Mustangs were led by Ellis who was 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Kontz and Young each had a hit and a RBI.

    Game two
    In game two Jon Mittag (Jr., P, Glenville, Minn.)  got the ball for UMC.
     
    SMSU starter Steven Wehr was fantastic on the mound. He pitched eight innings, allowed five hits, one run which was not earned, one walk and eight strikeouts. Landon Gacke came in to pitch to the Golden Eagles in ninth.
     
    Gacke was greeted by solo home run by Haight. The home run was Haight’s first of his college career. UMC’s comeback ended there however. Gacke retired the next three batters and the Golden Eagles fell by a score of 5-2.
     
    In game two, the Golden Eagles were led by Prill and Haggstrom each had two hits and Haight also had the home run in the ninth. The Mustangs were led by Ellis who had two hits and two runs scored. Young also had a good day with two hits both of which were doubles and two RBIs. On the pitching side of things, Wehr improved his record to 2-3 on the year while Mittag was tagged with the loss and drops to 0-8.
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    Game three
    Southwest Minnesota State scored three runs in the second inning and held off a late rally by the University of Minnesota Crookston to win Saturday's game one 3-2. Joe Axelson  picked up the win for the Mustangs, giving up one run on two hits in two innings. Matt Korte (Jr., IF/OF/P, St. Cloud, Minn.) took the loss for the Golden Eagles, pitching six innings and allowing three runs on nine hits while striking out eight.

    Game four
    The Mustangs’ bats would come alive as they scored 16 runs on 18 hits en route to a 16-6 win over Minnesota Crookston. The game was called in the bottom of the eighth inning due to the mercy rule. Southwest would score first on a sacrifice fly by Kyle to put the Mustangs up 1-0 early. The Eagles would respond in force, pushing across four runs in the top of the second including a two run double by Korte.
     
    The Mustangs’ bats would prove to be too much, as they would score in every inning except the second. Six different Mustangs drove in runs, led by Jordan Kontz and Ben Korger’s identical score lines of 4-5, 3 RBI’s and 3 runs.
     
    Colton Smit only pitched one-and-a-half innings, but received the win for Southwest Minnesota State to finish 1-4 on the year. Thane Larson (Jr., P, Grantsburg, Wis.) gave up six runs on eight hits in three-and-two-third innings and took the loss, finishing his season with an 0-1 record.
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