Baseball Takes Three from Crown
NEW ULM, Minn. – The MLC baseball team took a big step in helping its chances to make the UMAC Tournament with a three-game sweep of Crown Saturday in a triple header at Mueller Park. The Knights won game one 9-7, game two 3-2, and game three 4-1 .
MLC overcame a six-run deficit with the help of a six-run fourth inning to win game one 9-7.
Bryan Scriver (Kansasville, Wis./Shoreland) allowed six runs on ten hits in four-plus innings of work to improve to 3-5 on the season. He got help from the bullpen, as Ryan Schmeling (Menomonie, Wis./SCLHS) came into a bases loaded jam with no outs in the fifth inning and got out of the jam without surrendering a run. He pitched the final three innings to pick up his first save of the season.
MLC fell behind 6-0 after the top of the third inning, but scored one run in the third, and six more in the fourth to take the lead at 7-6. The Knights had six hits in the fourth inning, with each of the first five batters in the inning reaching base.
The Knights tacked on two insurance runs in the fifth inning on a well-executed squeeze bunt by Tyler Briney (Stevensville, Mich./MLHS) that scored Stephen Apt (Crete, Ill./Illinois LHS) from third base, and an RBI single by Greg Holzhueter (Mankato, Minn./MVL).
Holzhueter led all MLC hitters in the game with three hits and three RBI.
MLC received a complete game performance on the mound from Joe Janke (Big Bend, Wis./WISCO) in a 3-2 game two win.
Janke improved to 2-5 on the season after allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks in seven innings of work. Janke also struck out seven in the game.
At the plate, the Knights overcame a 2-1 deficit with two runs in the fifth inning on a two-run double by Janke, scoring Briney and Brad Essig (Lewiston, Minn./Luther).
Janke led the Knights with two hits and two RBI, while Stephen Gurgel (Mequon, Wis./KMLHS) led a group of Knights’ hitters with one hit, and also ahd the game’s other RBI in the second inning on a double.
Joe Blum (Bonduel, Wis./FVL) continued the strong pitching performances for the Knights, pitching all seven innings of the Knights’ 4-1 win over Crown in game three.
Blum allowed only one run on six hits in the game, striking out seven and walking two.
The Knights used small ball to take a 2-0 lead in the third inning, scoring one run on a Tyler Morgan (New Ulm, Minn./MVL) sacrifice fly, and the second on a double steal, with Janke taking second and Holzhueter scoring on the play.
The Knights added insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings to give the Knights a bigger cushion into the final innings.
MLC finished the game with just three hits. Holzhueter finished with two, while Janke got the third.
After the triple header, MLC now holds a record of 7-29 overall and 7-11 in UMAC play, while Crown dropped to 3-23 on the season and 1-17 in the conference.
MLC will return to action on Monday, May 3, when it travels to Gustavus for a 3 p.m. double header.