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Road-weary Jimmies clipped by Cobbers

On the verge of another coaching milestone, Tom Hager senses his team might be pressing a bit to get him win No. 600. After dropping three out of four games to No. 5-ranked Bellevue (Neb.) over the weekend, the University of Jamestown lost a wild...

Nate Leintz of Concordia, right, congratulates Turner Storm who scored a go-ahead run during a high scoring 6th inning for the Cobbers during the Monday, April 17, 2017, game against the University of Jamestown in Moorhead.Dave Wallis / The Forum
University of Jamestown baseball coach Tom Hager talks with Tyler Ludlow during Monday's game against Concordia College in Moorhead. Dave Wallis / The Forum

On the verge of another coaching milestone, Tom Hager senses his team might be pressing a bit to get him win No. 600.

After dropping three out of four games to No. 5-ranked Bellevue (Neb.) over the weekend, the University of Jamestown lost a wild one to Concordia on Monday in Moorhead. The Jimmies led 5-0 while the Cobbers held a 9-6 advantage before the home team walked off with a 10-9 win in the bottom of the ninth.

"I think that we all tried a little too hard today, but you have to give Concordia credit too. They found a way to win the game," Hager said. "The goal for us today was to leave everything between the lines and I think we did that, it just wasn't enough to win today."

It was the second one-run win for Chris Coste's Cobbers over the Jimmies this season. Hager and Coste grew up together in Fargo.

"It was a tough loss because it was such a back and forth game. We thought it would eventually work out in our favor, but that didn't happen," Hager said. "We scored a lot of runs, but we weren't able to get the big hit when we needed it and we couldn't stop the bleeding on several occasions when they were making their comebacks."

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Both teams banged out 15 hits in the 3 1/2 hour game, which featured 13 pitchers, eight by Concordia, including Jamestown High School graduate Jake Stilwell entering in the sixth inning.

Landon Uetz went 3-for-4 for the Jimmies. Christian Shouman, Kory Wolden, Taichi Sasaki and Tyler Ludlow added two hits apiece.

The Jimmies have lost four of their last five games, but still own a strong 30-15 record. However, they are yet to play a home game in 2017, which is wearing on everybody.

"There's no doubt that playing on the road is getting old and hopefully getting the opportunity to not just play at home, but not having to go on the road will help us," Hager said. "After 38 consecutive games on the road, it's time to play at home."

Assuming Jack Brown Stadium is ready to go, the Jimmies will host Mayville State on Saturday and Sunday.

Hager is hoping some home cooking brings out the best in his squad.

"I think that this team is still searching for their own identity," he said. "We're 45 games into the season, but we're still trying to find ourselves. That's frustrating and promising knowing that when we do hit our stride we have a chance to be really special."

Concordia 10, Jamestown 9

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UJ 005 001 300 -- 9 15 0
CC 002 007 001 -- 10 15 1

Torres, Kotter (3), Burgess (6), Rabedeaux (6), Evans (6) and Sablan. McBain, Olsonawski (3), Syverson (4), Nibaur (6), Stilwell (6), Erickson (6), Linstaedt (8), Storm (9) and Sames. W-- Storm. L--Evans.
Highlights: UJ, Kory Wolden 2-4 2 R, RBI; Taichi Sasaki 2-6 R, RBI, SB; Landon Uetz 3-4 R, RBI; Tyler Ludlow 2-6 RBI; Sablan 1-5 RBI; Peter Pennylegion 1-3 R; Mark Kane 1-2 2 R; Scooter Turin 1-2 R; Christian Shouman 2-4 R, RBI; Evans 3 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO. CC, Grant Toivonen 2-4 2 R, RBI; Cody Rahman 2-4 R, 3 RBI; Austin Versteeg 2-2; Brett Swanson 2-2 R, Nate Hoeft 1-5 2 R, RBI.

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