Baseball Swept by Vikings in Double Header
MANKATO, Minn. - The MLC baseball team was swept in a double header at Bethany Tuesday by the scores of 13-3 and 22-2.
The Knights fell behind by six after two innings and never recovered in a 13-3 loss in game one.
Eric Mielke got the start and went four innings for MLC, allowing seven hits and walking three, but got little help from his defense as he allowed 12 runs (five earned) and fell to 0-3 on the season.
In total, the Knights committed six errors in the game, leading to seven unearned runs, while the Vikings didn't commit any errors and also outhit the Knights 11-5.
The Knights scored all three of their runs in the top of the seventh on RBI from Jake Ziel and Jonathan Bumhoffer.
Bethany scored at least twice in every inning in a 22-2 MLC loss in game two.
The Vikings scored twice in the bottom of the first, and then poured on the offense against MLC starter Joe Blum, scoring five times in the second and four more in the third to take command of the game. After a two-run fourth inning, the Vikings closed the game with five runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth to get the final margin.
Blum went five innings, allowing 17 hits and 17 runs (13 earned) as he fell to 0-3 on the season. The MLC defense committed six errors behind him, leading to five total unearned runs in the game.
The Knights' only offense came in the top of the second, when Keoni Hill and Andrew Nemmers each scored runs to tie the game at that point, but it would not be nearly enough. The Knights, who were outhit 19-5 in the game, were led by Ben Edmundson offensively with two hits.
After the two losses, MLC dropped to 1-15 overall and 1-7 in the UMAC, while Bethany improved to 13-13 on the season and 6-3 in league play.
MLC will return to action on Friday, April 13, when it travels to St. Scholastica for the start of a three-game weekend series.