Baseball Sweeps North Central
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC baseball team swept North Central in a double header Tuesday by the scores of 1-0 and 12-6.
Jake Ziel pitched a complete game shutout to give the Knights a 1-0 win in game one.
Ziel baffled the Rams throughout the game, striking out six and allowing just four hits and three walks to improve to 1-5 on the season.
At the plate, the Knights were held to five hits, but scored the lone run of the game when Aaron Stokke came in from third on a wild pitch in the bottom half of the fourth.
Andrew Nemmers led the Knights at the plate with three hits, while Brad Essig and Stokke each had one.
After winning a pitchers' duel in game one, the Knights showed off their skills at the plate in a 12-6 win in game two.
North Central scored twice in the first inning to take an early lead, but MLC came back with six in the bottom of the second to take command of the game. Joe Blum, Joe Schmudlach and Ziel each had RBI in the inning, while Ziel also stole home to cap off the inning.
The Rams hung around off MLC starter Eric Mielke, cutting the deficit to 6-4 in the fourth and 7-6 in the sixth, but the Knights put the game away with five runs in the sixth inning to build up the final margin.
Mielke improved to 1-4 on the season for the Knights, going 5.1 innings and allowing six runs (four earned) on 12 hits. Jonathan Bumhoffer came in relief in the sixth inning and got the final five outs for MLC to pick up his first career save.
The Knights finished the game with 18 hits, led by three apiece by Tyler Dorn and Essig. Blum led the team with three RBI.
with the sweep, MLC improved to 3-19 on the season, while North Central dropped to 11-18.
The Knights will return to action on Friday, April 20, when they host Crown for a game scheduled to start at 3 p.m. at Mueller Park.