Baseball Loses Pair to CSS
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC baseball team was unable to win its first game of the season Saturday afternoon against St. Scholastica, losing game one 8-0 and game two 19-8.
MLC was outhit 10-3 in an 8-0 game one loss.
Joe Janke (Big Bend, Wis./WISCO) got the start and held the hard-hitting Saints to three runs through four innings, but a four-run fifth inning put the game away for St. Scholastica. Janke finished with the day allowing eight runs (all earned) on nine hits in five-plus innings of work to fall to 0-3 on the season.
Tyler Morgan (New Ulm, Minn./MVL), Stephen Gurgel (Mequon, Wis./KMLHS) and Joseph Blum (Bonduel, Wis./FVL) had one hit apiece for the Knights in the game.
The Knights took a 5-2 lead in the first inning of game two, but were unable to hold on as they dropped game two 19-8.
MLC had RBI hits from Josh Schultz (Antioch, Ill./LPS), Joel Hering (Rowlett, Texas/LPS) and Tyler Briney (Stevensville, Mich./MLHS) in the first inning as they took the quick lead, but Saints came back with one in the second and six more in the third to take the lead.
After CSS took command of the game with an eight-run fourth inning, the Knights tacked on one run in the fifth and two more in the sixth, but weren't able to make up all the damage done.
Hikaru Tomizawa (Saitama, Japan/LPS) got the start and went the first three innings, allowing nine runs (seven earned) on eight hits as he fell to 0-2 on the season.
With the pair of losses, MLC dropped to 0-19 overall and 0-7 in conference play, while St. Scholastica improved to 19-3 on the year and 6-0 in the UMAC.
MLC will return to the field on Tuesday, April 13, when it travels to Bethany for a double header starting at 2 p.m.