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College baseball: Solid SJU pitching sends Cobbers to defeat

St. John's rode pitching and the long ball to down Concordia on Friday

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MOORHEAD — St. John's starter Nick Penick worked a strong seven innings and Alex Otto was equally effective in relief as the Johnnies defeated Concordia 3-1 on Friday in a nine-inning game at Bucky Burgau Field.

The Johnnies' offense was efficient, as well, scoring all their runs on home runs and four of their six hits went for extra bases. SJU's Owen Dauk hit a two-run homer in the fourth and Ethan Roe hit a solo shot in the ninth.

Penick improved to 3-0 allowing a run on five hits and striking out six. Otto earned his first save, allowing a hit in two innings and striking out three.

Concordia's Max Boran was 2-for-3 and Sean McGuire doubled in Matt Gruber with the Cobbers' lone run in the fourth.

Cobbers starter Ty Syverson took a tough loss, throwing eight innings and allowing two runs on five hits, just one walk and striking out seven.

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