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Eric Peterson, Published May 04 2013

Cobbers split conference baseball doubleheader

MOORHEAD – On a cold afternoon, Concordia was unable to start a hot streak at the Jake Christiansen athletic complex.

The Cobbers split a baseball doubleheader against Carleton in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.

Concordia rolled to a 14-1 victory in the first game, but Carleton countered with an 8-4 triumph in the second game. Temperatures hovered in the 40s for most of the doubleheader.

“Obviously when you win the first one, you want to win the second one,” said Cobbers head coach Bucky Burgau. “I’m not satisfied with a split, but I think it was a good day of baseball.”

The Cobbers (13-11, 6-6 MIAC) remained at .500 in league play. Concordia is tied for fourth place in the MIAC with two other teams. The top four make the MIAC tournament.

The Cobbers have eight league games remaining and are scheduled to play all of them in a four-day stretch that starts Monday.

“There are a lot of games in a short period of time because of the weather,” said Concordia outfielder Kyle Kraemer. “It’s going to be a battle from here on out.”

Kraemer and third baseman Braden Rahman, both juniors, sparked Concordia in the first game, combining for seven hits.

Kraemer went 3-for-3 with five RBIs, including a three-run home run in the fourth inning. Rahman was 4-for-4 with two RBIs, including a solo home run in the third inning.

Kraemer’s home run capped an eight-run fourth inning. The Cobbers had 16 hits in the first game.

“They left a lot of balls up, a lot of balls in the zone and we smacked it around pretty good,” Burgau said.

Cobbers lefty starter Jackson Meland allowed three hits en route to a complete-game victory in the first game. Carleton had a .326 team batting average entering Saturday.

“That just goes to show you how good of a job Jackson Meland did,” Burgau said.

In Game 2, Carleton right-handed starter Kevin Johnson quieted the Concordia bats for most of the game. Johnson held the Cobbers to one run through five innings. The Knights plated three runs in the top of the sixth inning to build an 8-1 lead.

“Do I like our team? You bet I do,” Burgau said. “We’re still maturing. … I think this team can really do something special. Whether, it’s this year or next year, I don’t know.”

Carleton 010 000 0– 1 3 1

Concordia 031 811 x–14 16 0

Cole, Tsai (4), May (6) and Dsida, Zweber (6). Meland and Carlson. W–Meland (2-3). L–Cole (2-3). HR–CC, Kraemer (1), B. Rahman (1).

Carleton 102 023 0–8 12 1

Concordia 100 003 0–4 7 1

Johnson and Zweber. Kramer, Wilson (6), Feia (7) and Lindberg, Carlson (7). W–Johnson (2-1). L–Kramer (0-3).

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