Baseball Gets Split at Northwestern
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The MLC baseball came back from a tough loss in game one to take game two in a double header Thursday at Northwestern. The Knights lost game one 6-4, but took game two 12-6.
MLC fell behind 5-0 in the early innings of game one and weren't able to come all the way back in a 6-4 loss to the Eagles.
Joe Janke (Big Bend, Wis./WISCO) allowed five runs in the first three innings, and six total in six innings of work on 11 hits in the loss, dropping to 1-5 on the season.
MLC made a strong comeback attempt, with Stephen Apt (Crete, Ill./Illinois Lutheran) starting the scoring in the fifth with an RBI single. Two batters later, Brad Essig (Lewiston, Minn./Luther) scored two more on a single to cut the NWC lead to two at 5-3. The Knights were unable to get any more runs in the inning and left the bases loaded.
MLC scored one more in the top of the sixth to cut the deficit to 5-4 on another Essig single that scored Apt, but the Eagles would put an insurance run on the board in the bottom of the inning to help hold off the Knights and win the game.
MLC's bats came alive late in game two, scoring 11 runs in the final three innings in a 12-6 win.
The Knights featured a balanced offensive attack that saw them pick up 15 hits in the game, and also finished with eight different players picking up RBI. Janke finished with a team-high three hits, while Josh Schultz (Antioch, Ill./LPS) and Janke each scored three runs.
MLC fell behind 2-0 in the the first inning, but scored once in the third, three times in the fifth, six times in the sixth, and then added two more in the seventh to get the win. MLC sent 12 hitters to the plate in the sixth, and took advantage of three errors. For the game, the Eagles finished with five errors.
Bryan Scriver (Kansasville, Wis./Shoreland) allowed four hits and two runs in the first, but allowed only two more hits for the next four innings before allowing three runs on four hits in the sixth. Scriver went 5.2 innings, striking out three and allowing five runs on ten hits to improve to 2-5 on the season.
With the split, MLC moved to 4-26 on the season and 4-10 in the UMAC, while Northwestern moved to 13-16 overall and 6-7 in conference play.
MLC will return to the field tomorrow (April 23), when they return to Northwestern for one game starting at 3 p.m.