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Forum staff reports, Published May 06 2010

College baseball: Cobbers earn MIAC baseball playoff berth

Concordia clinched a spot in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference baseball postseason Thursday, taking two games from St. Mary’s at the Jake Christiansen Athletic Complex.

The Cobbers won the first game 5-3 and completed the sweep with a 4-1 victory in the second game. Concordia hadn’t made the MIAC playoffs since 2005.

“It means a lot; we haven’t been there for a few years,” Concordia coach Bucky Burgau said. “We would like to think that we are one of the better programs in the MIAC and we’ve failed to get there (the MIAC playoffs) the last four or five years, and one of our goals was to get back there this year.”

Starting pitchers Adam Johnson and Andrew Skow-Anderson, both from Pelican Rapids, Minn., each had strong outings.

Johnson won Game 1 by pitching six solid innings, scattering six hits and allowing three runs, two of which we earned.

Skow-Anderson earned a complete-game victory in Game 2, giving up three hits and one earned run in seven innings.

Sophomore outfielder Tony Emmerich, from Moorhead, hit a dramatic three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning in the second game that gave the Cobbers a 4-1 lead and the victory.

Concordia (22-14, 13-5 MIAC) hosts Bethel at 1 p.m. Saturday in a MIAC doubleheader. The Cobbers can earn at least a share of the conference title if they win both games. They last won a MIAC championship in 1995.

“It was one of our goals at the beginning of the season; the kids have really worked hard for that and they’ve stay focused,” Burgau said. “If we can get that it would be a fun, fun thing for us.”

St. Mary’s 000 120 0– 3 6 3

Concordia 301 001 x– 5 5 1

A. Johnson, R. Johnson (7) and Stoa. Ferschweiler and Swanson. W–A. Johnson (5-3). L–Ferschweiler (3-5). S–R. Johnson (6).

St. Mary’s 000 001 0– 1 3 0

Concordia 001 003 x– 4 3 1

Ruf and Swanson. Skow-Anderson and Stoa. W–Skow-Anderson (2-0). L–Ruf (2-6). HR–CC, Emmerich (2).