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Pitching sharp, Baseball splits two in Moorhead

Pitching sharp, Baseball splits two in Moorhead

Senior Ryan Zimmerman threw a one-hitter for his first career complete-game shutout to lead St. Thomas Baseball to a 6-0 win Friday in Moorhead over Concordia and a split of an MIAC doubleheader. The Cobbers rallied to take game one in eight innings, 2-1.

Zimmerman, who has won his last three starts, now has 13 career wins and lowered his season ERA to 2.64. He allowed one walk and fanned seven in recording his eighth complete game during the last two seasons.

He struck out the sides in the seventh, and that let him retire 16 of the last 18 CC batters. The first two Cobbers of the game reached via an error and a hit by pitch, but Zimmerman got the first of two double-play grounders on the day to cool that early threat.

St. Thomas (7-9 overall, 2-2 MIAC) had four RBI hits in the bottom of the first inning to take a 5-0 lead. After managing just two hits in the first game, UST pounded 10 in game two.

Hunter Hart, Jake Smith, Josh Thorp and Logan Kohorst each had two hits in the Tommie victory.

Game one starter Henry DeCaster was two outs away from a shutout win in the top of the seventh but gave up three singles to tie the game 1-1. The Cobbers scored one more in the top of the eighth on Chad Johnson's RBI double, then turned a double-play grounder in the bottom of the eighth after the potential tying run led off the frame with a walk. Alex Eeickson had a complete-game win for the Cobbers (9-10, 2-2) and retired 14 of the last 15 batters to close with a two-hitter.

DeCaster allowed one run, five hits and two walks in 6 1-3 innings with five strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 1.91. In five starts this season, DeCaster has only received four runs of offensive support in the 33 innings he's been in the game.

The Toms are 0-4 so far in one-run decisions, all DeCaster starts. UST is 5-0 in games when it scores four or more runs.

The Toms' Moorhead games continue on Saturday afternoon as they face in two seven-inning contests against St. Olaf starting at 3 p.m.