Baseball Splits Sunday Games in Florida
FORT PIERCE, Fla. - The MLC baseball team split a pair of games Sunday on its annual Florida trip, losing 15-2 to Muhlenberg in game one, and then defeating Massachusetts Maritime Academy 11-10 in game two.
MLC jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning against Muhlenberg, with Galen Holzhueter and Joel Hering driving home one run each to score Dillon Rannow and Joe Janke.
Muhlenberg responded with a pair of runs to tie the game in the bottom of the first off MLC starter Tyler Dorn, but the Knights held the game at 2-2 through four innings.
Muhlenberg broke the game open late, scoring seven times in the fifth, and six more times in the sixth to finish with the winning 16-2 score.
Rannow, Ben Edmundson and Holzhueter each had two hits for MLC.
MLC pitcher Travis Kretsch picked up the loss for the Knights, allowing five earned runs in the last two innings. The Knights committed three errors in those innings, allowing eight unearned runs to cross the plate.
The Knights won game two against Massachusetts Maritime Academy 11-10.
MLC scored three runs in the top of the first to take a 3-0 lead, but the score was tied 9-9 after seven innings.
Wyatt Weimer led off the top of the eighth inning with a walk, and was moved to third after a wild pitch and a single by Rannow. Jake Ziel was able to drive home Weimer with a single to put the Knights ahead, and Rannow scored on a wild pitch to give MLC a two-run cushion.
MMA was able to score once in the bottom of the ninth, but Michael Schlottman closed the game out for the Knights to pick up the win.
Janke started the game for MLC and went three innings before the relievers came in to close the game.
Ziel led the MLC hitters with three hits and three RBI, while Rannow, Holzhueter and Aaron Stokke each had two hits.
With the split, MLC improved to 2-1 on the season.
The Knights will return to action tomorrow (Monday, March 4), when they play Geneva in a double header down in Fort Pierce. Game one is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.