Baseball Finishes Weekend Strong
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC baseball team finished its difficult weekend with a double header sweep of UM-Morris by the scores of 10-0 and 13-2.
Starting pitcher Andrew Nemmers pitched a shutout and the bats came alive late as the Knights cruised to a 10-0 win in eight innings in game one.
Nemmers threw all eight innings, allowing seven hits and striking out five to improve to 2-2 on the season.
The Knights took control of a scoreless game in the bottom of the fourth with five runs on RBI hits from Joe Janke, James Hemmelman, Joe Schmudlach and Jake Ziel.
Galen Holzhueter landed another big blow in the sixth, smashing a home run to right field to push the lead to 6-0.
MLC would tack on insurance runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, with RBI hits coming from Ziel, Tyler Dorn and Nemmers, and Holzhueter adding a triple to his big day at the plate.
The Knights jumped on UMM from the start in a 13-2 game two win in seven innings.
Starting pitcher Matt Olson escaped a first inning jam with only one run allowed, and then the MLC bats took over. The Knights scored five times in the first inning, and eight more in the second to put the game away early.
The Knights hit five triples in those two innings, a school record for a single game. Will Jensen hit two triples, while Nemmers, Janke and Aaron Stokke each hit one.
MLC finished the game with 12 hits, led by a team-best three from Stokke. Ziel reached base and scored in all three of his plate appearances, and Hemmelman and Nemmers each scored a pair of runs.
The offensive support was more than enough for Olson, who scattered nine hits and five walks over his seven inning complete game to improve to 1-2 on the season. He also struck out eight Cougars on the day.
With the sweep, MLC improved to 8-8 overall and 4-4 in the UMAC, while UMM dropped to 2-15 on the season and 0-8 in UMAC play.
MLC will return to action on Wednesday, May 1, when it hosts Bethany Lutheran in a double header scheduled for 2 p.m. at Mueller Park.