Freshman hurlers snap Concordia's skid

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The Concordia Cougars caught a break in the weather over the weekend, getting in their first five games since their return from Florida. However, the Cougars lost four of the five with their lone win coming by the arms of freshmen pitchers Evan Muellner and Ted Gernand.

Muellner gave up just two earned runs in six innings as the Cougars defeated Milwaukee Engineering 7-3 on Sunday as part of the Washington University Tournament in St. Louis. The Cougars scored five runs in the third to snap a 2-2 tie with Scott Perkinson and Roger Fegan each hitting two-run doubles in the frame. Gernand would hurl the final three innings, allowing just one run on two hits to earn his first save.

The other weekend games included a 12-6 loss at Wheaton College on Friday, a doubleheader loss to Illinois Wesleyan by 10-9 and 7-0 scores on Saturday, and a 15-4 loss to Washington University in Sunday's final game.

In the 7-0 loss to Wesleyan, freshman Ryan Hantel shut out the Titans over six innings before tiring in the seventh. Hantel struck out a season-high 11 batters while walking three.

The Cougars (3-8) will return to action on Thursday with a game at Illinois Wesleyan before playing Simpson College and Blackburn University on Saturday in Bloomington.

A press release contributed to this report.

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