Baseball Splits Doubleheader at UMM
MORRIS, Minn. - The Martin Luther College baseball team split a doubleheader at UM-Morris on Saturday, winning game one 8-0 before losing 11-3 in game two.
MLC starting pitcher Matt Olson pitched a three-hit shutout to lead the Knights to an 8-0 game one win.
Olson went all nine innings for the Knights, striking out seven and allowing only three hits and three walks against the Cougars as he improved his record to 2-2 this season.
At the plate, MLC pounded 11 hits off Cougar pitching, and also took advantage of seven UMM errors in the game.
MLC started the scoring in the third, when Jake Ziel, Andrew Nemmers and Olson each drove in a run to give the Knights a 3-0 edge.
The Knights continued to add to the lead, scoring twice in the fifth and seventh innings, and once more in the eighth to get the final 8-0 margin.
Ziel, Olson and Aaron Stokke each finished with a pair of hits in the game, while Galen Holzhueter scored three of the team's eight runs.
The Cougars turned the tables in game two, taking advantage of eight MLC defensive miscues on the way to an 11-3 win to earn the split.
MLC took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third inning after a Holzhueter triple and Nemmers sacrifice fly, but the Cougars responded with five runs in the bottom half of the third, capitalizing on two errors in the inning that led to all five runs being unearned off MLC starter Jonathan Kock.
UMM continued to take advantage of MLC errors, as nine of the 11 runs scored were unearned. Kock started the game for the Knights and went 6.0 innings, allowing seven runs (one earned) on ten hits as he fell to 2-4 on the season.
MLC now holds a record of 11-11 overall and 8-6 in the UMAC, while UMM is 13-14 this season and 8-6 in league play.