Dominant Pitching Leads Knights to Sweep
FORT PIERCE, Fla. - The Martin Luther College baseball team received a pair of great performances on the mound in a double header sweep of Geneva College by the scores of 4-1 and 3-1 Monday night.
Junior right-hander Andrew Nemmers delivered a dominating performance in a 4-1 game one win to give the Knights their first win of the season.
Nemmers went the distance for the Knights, allowing one run on two hits and one walk while striking out nine. He improved his record to 1-1 on the season with the win, and has now allowed only three runs in two 12 innings this season.
The Knights outhit Geneva 6-2 for the game, with Matt Olson finishing with a game-high two hits. Joel Hering, Jake Ziel and James Hemmelman each drove in a run, with the Knights scoring three of their four runs in the first three innings of the game.
First-year starting pitcher Jonathan Kock picked up where Nemmers left off, throwing a complete game three-hitter in game two to lead MLC to the 3-1 win.
Kock pitched all seven innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out nine. He improved to 1-1 on the season with the win.
Tom Welch led the MLC offensive effort with a pair of hits and an RBI, while Nemmbers also drove in a run.
The Knights held 1-0 lead in the second, but Geneva tied it up in the bottom half of the inning. MLC would take the lead with a run in the top of the third inning, however, and added the insurance run in the fifth.
MLC improved to 2-4 on the season with the win, while Geneva fell to 0-2 in defeat.
The Knights will conclude their season-opening Florida trip tomorrow (Tuesday, March 11) when they play Westminster in a double header starting at 9 a.m. local time.