Concordia (Minn.) drops Minn.-Duluth
Brennan's RBI single lifts Golden Bears past Bulldogs in opener
MANKATO, Minn. -- Concordia (Minn.) (31-21) opened its NCAA tournament taking a 7-5 win against Minnesota-Duluth (37-21).
Brynn Larson jumped the Golden Bears up to a 4-0 lead after the first inning when she hit a two-out grand slam. Concordia advances to play the winner of Minnesota State and Fort Lewis on Saturday.
Concordia struck first in the top of the first as it saw a pair of runners reach on back-to-back two-out infield singles by third baseman Calli Brennan and rightfielder Erin Tjornhom. Catcher Missie Feuerbach then reached on a walk to load the bases for Larsen.
Larsen then blasted the second pitch of her at bat for a grand slam -- her second home run of the year -- staking the Golden Bears to an early 4-0 advantage.
Minnesota-Duluth rallied picked up three runs with a two-out rally of its own in the bottom of the second as third baseman Jordan Rice reached on a two-out walk before left fielder Carlie Schnoebelen and designated player Maddie Bilse each singled to load the bases.
Pinch-hitter Emma Glasoe-Kelley then was hit by a pitch to score Rice before second baseman Tyra Kerr singled to center plating Schnoebelen and Bilse and to cut the Golden Bear advantage to 4-3.
Concordia added a run in the top of the sixth as Erin Tjornhom doubled to left-center field to start the inning. Tjornhom then stole third and scored on a throwing error by the UMD catcher extending the Golden Bear lead to 5-3 after five-and-a-half innings.
Minnesota-Duluth threatened in the bottom of the sixth as Whitney Strantz and Schnoebelen each singled and pinch-hitter Megan Mullen walked to load the bases with two outs. Second baseman Tyra Kerr earned a walk of her own, scoring Brooke Neuroth who had earlier pinch ran for Strantz.
Michaela Goris then worked a walk, plating Schnoebelen and knotting the game at five entering the seventh inning.
The tie didn’t last long as Concordia loaded the bases with a single from Katie Feuerbach a walk from Katie Anderson and a bunt single from Alicia Meiser. Brennan broke the tie with an RBI single to left field, plating Megan Revoir, who earlier entered to run for Feuerbach, to give CU a 6-5 advantage.
The Golden Bears added another run as Missie Feuerbach walked to score Anderson and push the lead to 7-5.