Baseball Finishes Season with Three Losses to BLC
NEW ULM, Minn. - The Martin Luther College baseball team needed a pair of wins in a triple header against Bethany Lutheran to reach the UMAC Tournament, but instead lost all three by the scores of 7-1, 15-4 and 5-2.
MLC fell behind early and couldn't recover in a 7-1 loss in game one.
Jake Ziel took the loss on the mound for MLC, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits in five innings as he fell to 5-3 on the season.
The Vikings scored once in the first inning following a costly MLC error, and then took control in the third with three runs to take a 4-0 lead. They would add one more run off Ziel in the fifth and two against Wyatt Weimer in the sixth before the Knights finally pushed a run across the board in the bottom of the sixth.
MLC was held to five hits in the game, with Andrew Nemmers leading the way with a pair of doubles.
BLC jumped on the Knights and never looked back in game two, scoring 12 runs in the first two innings on the way to a 15-4 win.
The Vikings scored six times in the first and six more in the second, ending MLC starting pitcher Matt Olson's day after 1.2 innings. Olson fell to 2-4 on the season after allowing 11 runs (seven earned) on eight hits in the game.
MLC scored three times in the third inning, but the damage had already been done.
James Hemmelman had a pair of hits, while Will Jensen drove in two runs.
BLC completed the three-game sweep with a 5-2 game three win.
The Vikings broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth, and then added a pair of insurance runs in the inning thanks to a pair of MLC errors to get the final three-run margin.
Travis Kretsch started for MLC and allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits in 4.0 innings before giving way to Hemmelman, who allowed three runs (one earned) in 2.0 innings. Hemmelman took the loss and fell to 0-3 on the season.
Ben Edmundson had the lone RBI in the game for MLC on a double that scored Joel Hering, while the Knights' other run came on a BLC error that allowed Ziel to score.
MLC's season ended following the sweep. It finished the season with a record of 12-19 overall and 9-12 in league play. BLC improved to 13-20 on the season and 12-9 in the UMAC with the three wins.