Knights Split with Lumberjacks
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC baseball team picked up its first win of the season Saturday with a double header split against Northland College, losing game one 13-6 before winning game two 8-3.
The MLC defense let down its pitchers in a 13-6 loss in game one.
Jacob Ziel, who started for the Knights, went five innings and allowed nine runs, but seven of those runs were unearned because of five MLC errors.
The Knights allowed four runs in the top of the first with the help of a pair of costly errors, but came back to tie the game at four in the third inning on a single by Andrew Nemmers that scored Galen Holzhueter.
Northland would take over from there, however, taking advantage of two MLC errors in the top of the fourth to score three times, and then adding six more the rest of the way to get the final margin.
At the plate, Nemmers and Eric Mielke led the way with two hits apiece, with Mielke adding a team-best three runs batted in.
Andrew Nemmers controlled game two on the mound throughout, going the distance to help the Knights to an 8-3 win, their first of the season.
Nemmers allowed three runs (two earned) off ten hits and no walks in seven innings, striking out five in the process and not allowing any runs until the fifth inning.
The Knights built a lead by the time the Lumberjacks pushed a run across, scoring three times in the third and four more in the fourth to take a commanding 7-0 lead they never relinquished.
Aaron Stokke had two of the Knights' eight hits, while Eric Mielke added two more runs batted in. Joe Schmudlach and Joseph Blum both scored a pair of runs in the win.
With the split, MLC moved to 1-10 overall and 1-2 in conference play, while Northland is now 5-11 on the season and 2-1 in league play.
MLC will return to action on Tuesday, April 3, when it hosts Bethany Lutheran for one game scheduled to start at 3 p.m.