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Katie Cotta goes yard for her first career homer
Softball - Sat, Feb. 23, 2013

The No. 5 Concordia Eagles hosted Menlo College at Eagles Field on Saturday afternoon, for their third straight doubleheader.

The Eagles used the big fly again in the first game as they won 6-1.  Katie Cotta started for Concordia and went the distance, allowing three hits, one run, with 12 K's, three short of her, and Concordia's, single-game record.  She also hit her first career home run, a two-run shot in the sixth inning.  Shainna Groom went deep for the third consecutive game, fourth on the year, and Emily Craig hit the other bomb.  Caitrin Debaun had two hits for Concordia.  Cotta improved to 6-1 on the year.  Concordia collected eight hits, leaving three on base, making zero errors.

Debaun singled to lead off the game and Chanele Dresser followed with a bunt single.  Groom followed two batters later with a homer to left center.  Cotta cruised through the first six innings, allowing base runners in the first, fourth, and fifth innings.  After a leadoff walk in the bottom of the sixth, Cotta hit a two-run jack with one out.  Emily Craig followed with a solo homer to center in the next at bat, her third of the year.  That was more than enough for Cotta, who ran into a little trouble in the seventh, but got out with one run.

The Eagles made quick work in game two in an 8-0 win in five innings.  Courtney Young improved to 3-1 as she went five innings, allowing three hits with four strikeouts.  The Eagles collected nine hits, all singles, with Hannah Howell and Jenna Jorgenson collecting two each.  Howell and Shainna Groom each had two RBI.

Debaun led off the first with a single, was sacrificed to second, stole third, and scored on Jorgenson's RBI single.  Concordia opened it up with five runs in the third inning.  Dresser and Jorgenson singled to get things started.  Groom grounded out to score Dresser who stole third.  After a Menlo error, Craig singled to right field to score two.  Howell singled down the right field line later in the inning to plate two more, making it 6-0 Concordia.  Concordia tacked on two more in the fourth as Dresser reached on an error, stole second, and scored on Groom's single to left field.  Menlo committed another throwing error as the eighth run came across.  Young allowed base runners in all innings, but worked through it like a pro.

Concordia improved to 12-2, while Menlo dropped to 7-11.  The Eagles travel to Tucson, AZ on March 1 for a two-day invitational tournament.