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College baseball: Cobbers sweep St. Mary's with a pair of extra-inning, walk-off wins

Concordia needed eight innings in a seven-inning Game 1 and 12 innings in a nine-inning Game 2 but came away with two one-run victories on Wednesday.

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MOORHEAD — Concordia needed to play a little extra baseball but the effort was well worth it as the Cobbers came away with two walk-off wins over St. Mary's on Wednesday at Bucky Burgau Field.

The Cobbers won both games 3-2, needing eight innings in the seven inning first game and 12 innings in the nine inning second game.

In the first game, St. Mary's led 1-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh but Concordia's Jake Christianson singled with one out, moved to secnod on a ground out and pinch hitter Justin Kloster came through with a two-out, RBI double to center to tie it.

St. Mary's regained the lead in the top of the eighth, but in the home half, the Cobbers' Andy Gravdahl led off with a single, Matt Gruber bunted him to second and Isaac Henkemeyer-Howe was walked intentionally. With two outs, everybody was safe after a Wyatt Gunkel fielder's choice, loading the bases for Christianson. He singled through the left side to bring home the tying and winning runs.

Christianson had two hits and two RBIs. Jacoby Nold upped his record to 4-1 working all eight innings. He allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out three.

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In the second game, the Cobbers scored a run in the second inning but St. Mary's tied it in the fourth and took a 2-1 lead in the sixth. The Cobbers tied it again on Thomas Horan's RBI single in the bottom of the seventh, and the teams followed with four scoreless innings.

But in the bottom of the 12th, Gunkel led off with a double to left and after two fly outs Noah Pilon singled to right-center to bring home Gunkel with the winning run.

Pilon had three hits and Gunkel and Gravdahl both had two hits. Gruber pitched two-hit ball the final five innings to get his first win of the season. Dylan Inniger started and went five innings, allowing a run on three hits while striking out four. Max Boran and Gabe Duncan both worked an inning before Gruber came on.

The Cobbers are 8-6 in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and 13-10 overall. They play host to Carleton in a conference doubleheader on Thursday, May 5. Game times are 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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