Baseball Loses Two to NWC
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC baseball team lost both games of a double header Saturday against Northwestern by the scores of 9-6 and 11-7.
Northwestern a 9-1 lead in game one, but needed to withstand a furious MLC rally to close to beat the Knights 9-6.
MLC was held without a hit through five innings, but cut a 3-0 deficit to 3-1 in the sixth on a Galen Holzhueter RBI single to score Jake Ziel.
The Eagles added three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings, but MLC charged back with five runs in the bottom of the ninth thanks to several NWC miscues and a two-run double by Tyler Dorn, allowing the Holzhueter to come to the plate as the winning run with two outs before he flied out to end the game.
Ziel picked up the loss for MLC after allowing six runs (four earned) on five hits in seven innings. He struck out five and walked none.
The Eagles once again jumped to a big early lead before holding off an MLC comeback to win game two 11-7.
NWC took a 7-0 lead to start the game off MLC starter Joe Janke, who battled back give his team 6.1 innings despite taking the loss. Janke allowed ten runs on 15 hits in the game.
The Knights scored six runs in the final four innings to cut into the deficit, with Holzhueter leading the way with four hits and two runs scored. Andrew Nemmers and Brad Essig each had two hits, while Nemmers, Dillon Rannow and Joel Hering each added two RBI.
MLC's record dropped to 6-8 on the season and 2-4 in UMAC play with the loss, while NWC improved to 10-12 overall and 4-2 in league play.
The Knights will return to action on Sunday (April 28), when they host UMM for a double header starting at 1 p.m.