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St. John's University (MN) - Recap

From site: Baseball

Date:March 23, 2019
Time:1:00 pm
Results:L 4-6, W 12-7
Location:Becker Park - Collegeville, Minn.

Luther and St. John's University (MN) split today's double header that was played at Becker Field in Collegeville, Minn. The Johnnies won game one 6-4 and the Norse won game two 12-7.

With the score tied 3-3 after five innings in game one, St. John's scored a run in the sixth and two in the seventh to secure the victory. 

Joey Cardamon (1-2) was credited with the loss. Cardamon allowed four earned runs on eight hits and walked two in 6 1/3 innings of work. 

Trent Athmann drove in three of Luther's runs going 2-for-3 at the plate. Owen Vander Linden also drove in a run in the fourth. 

Box Score

In the nightcap, Luther pounded out 21 hits and defeated the Johnnies 12-7. Five different Norse had multiple hits. Athmann continued to swing a hot bat and led this group going 5-for-6 that included two doubles. He finished the afternoon with seven hits in nine at bats and drove in 4 runs.

Vander Linden was 4-for-5 and drove in two runs, including a solo shot to left field in the second. Joe McKibben (2-for-5), who started in left field, and Luke Plunkett (3-for-5), who got the start behind the plate, both drove in two runs. 

Colin Coffey (1-2) tossed seven innings and was credited with the win. Coffey spread 10 hits, allowed two earned runs and struck out seven.

Box Score

The split gives Luther an overall record of 6-8. St. John's is now 14-4.

Game Three Recap:

Sunday afternoon, these two teams wrapped up the three-game series. St. John's manufactured a run in the bottom of the eighth and defeated Luther 2-1 and won the three-game series 2-1. 

The Johnnies held a 1-0 lead until the top of the fourth when the Norse tied the score. Joe McKibben started the inning with a double down the left field line. Derek McCready followed with an rbi single up the middle. This was the only inning the Norse were able to produce more then one hit in an inning off the Johnnies Jake Dickmeyer who threw the complete game victory.

With two outs in the bottom of the eighth and a runner on second, the Johnnies Max Jackson hit a hard ground ball that was deep in the gap on the left side. Norse short stop Jake Halverson dove for the ball, but the ball glanced off his glove and went into left field for a hit, that scored the runner from second. 

Kyle Bode (1-2) had a solid outing on the mound but was credited with the loss. Bode allowed two earned runs on eight hits, walked two and struck out three.

Box Score

The loss gives the Norse an overall record of 6-9. No. 20 St. John's improved to 15-4.

Luther returns to action on Wednesday, March 26 when it will travel to UW-La Crosse. This one nine-inning game will begin at 3:00 p.m. at Copeland Park.

Contact: David Blanchard, 563-387-1586

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