Baseball Takes One of Three at UMM
MORRIS, Minn. - The MLC baseball team won the first game of a triple header Sunday at UM-Morris by the score of 2-0 before losing the last two games 4-3 (11 innings) and 7-3.
Joe Blum threw a three-hit shutout for MLC in a 2-0 win in game one.
The Knights scored both runs in the top of the first inning. Eric Mielke scored on a fielder's choice by Galen Holzhueter, while Jacob Ziel scored after Galen Holzhueter was thrown out trying to steal second base.
That would be all the offense Blum would need, allowing just three hits and four walks while striking out five, helping him improve to 2-5 on the season.
MLC finished with six hits in the game, three by Ziel. Holzhueter, Joe Schmudlach and Brad Essig each had one hit.
As if three games in one day wasn't enough, the two teams went into extra innings before UMM won game two 4-3 in 11 innings.
Ziel started game two for MLC, pitching the first 8.1 innings and allowing three runs (all earned) on 12 hits. Eric Mielke came in relief in the ninth inning and took the loss, allowing one run in the 12th inning and falling to 1-5 on the season.
The Knights scored once in the first, third and sixth innings, while UMM scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the third inning before scoring the game-winner in the 11th inning on a throwing error by the Knights.
Schmudlach finished with three of MLC's nine hits, while Aaron Stokke added two.
The Cougars used two big innings to beat MLC in game three by the score of 7-3.
MLC took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Holzhueter singled home Ziel, but the Cougars scored three times in the third, and four more in the sixth to put the game away.
Starting pitcher Andrew Nemmers dropped to 2-4 on the season for MLC after allowing seven runs (three earned) on six hits.
The Knights outhit the Cougars 7-6 in the game, with Ziel and Holzhueter each finishing with two hits apiece.
After the triple header, the Knights' record moved to 7-21 overall and 5-13 in the UMAC, while UMM improved to 6-27 on the season and 6-12 in league play.