Baseball Wins to Set Up Showdown against BLC
NEW ULM, Minn. – The Martin Luther College baseball team gave itself a chance to make a return trip to the UMAC Postseason Tournament with a 14–3 win over Crown College on Monday afternoon.
The Knights needed a win to keep pace with Bethany Lutheran and UM-Morris for the fourth and final spot in the league tournament this week, and received a solid all-around performance from up and down the roster against the Storm.
Wyatt Weimer was efficient throughout the game, shutting the Storm out for the first five innings before Crown was able to put a rally together thanks to several defensive miscues by the Knights.
The Knights started the scoring in the third inning, when Galen Holzhueter drove home Jake Ziel to put MLC ahead 1-0.
The Knights broke the game wide open in the next two innings, scoring five times in the fourth inning and six more in the fifth to take a 12-0 lead. MLC took advantage of seven walks and two hit batters in the two innings, while Matt Olson and Joe Schmudlach each had two-RBI doubles.
Ziel, Olson and James Hemmelman each scored at least two runs in the game, while Olson had a team-high three runs batted in.
Weimer finished with a complete game, allowing three runs (zero earned) in seven innings, improving his record to 1-1 on the season.
MLC improved to 12-14 overall and 9-9 in the UMAC with the win, while Crown fell to 6-27 on the season and 3-17 in league play in defeat.
MLC will now play a triple header tomorrow (Tuesday, May 6) against BLC. Both teams enter the triple header with a 9-9 record in the UMAC, and whoever wins the three-game set will advance to the tournament. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Mueller Park.