Knights Lose Two at UNW
ST. ANTHONY, Minn. - The Martin Luther College baseball team lost a pair of high-scoring games at Northwestern on Saturday by the scores of 16-11 and 9-8.
The Eagles jumped out to a big lead and held off a late MLC rally to win game one 16-11.
UNW took advantage of eight MLC errors in the game, which led to seven unearned runs.
MLC fell behind 11-2 after six innings, but rallied with two in the seventh and six more in the eighth to cut the deficit to 11-10 before a five-run Eagle eighth inning put the game out of reach.
Matt Olson started the game for MLC and took the loss, allowing 11 runs (eight earned) in 5.1 innings of work.
Galen Holzhueter was the top hitter for MLC with five hits in six at bats, and also drove in five runs. Jake Ziel finished with three hits, while Aaron Stokke was among several with two hits in the game, helping him reach 100 for his career.
The Knights came back from an early deficit to take a ninth-inning lead, but a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning helped the Eagles walk off with a sweep of the doubleheader and three-game series.
UNW led 7-4 after eight innings, but MLC scored four times in the top of the ninth to take an 8-7 lead. Holzhueter started the scoring in the inning with a two-run double, and RBI from Will Jensen and Stokke gave the Knights the one-run lead.
The Eagles responded in the bottom of the ninth, with each of the first three batters hitting doubles off reliever Michael Schlottman, leading to the winning run.
Jonathan Kock started the game and went five innings, allowing seven runs (three earned) before giving way to Schlottman for the final three innings.
Ziel and Stokke led the hitters with four and three hits, respectively.
The Knights dropped to 11-14 overall and 8-9 in the UMAC with the two losses, while UNW improved to 18-15 no the season and 14-7 in league play with the wins.
MLC will return to action on Monday, May 5, when it plays Crown in a single game starting at 3 p.m.