Nemmers Pitches Knights Past Vikings
DULUTH, Minn. - The MLC baseball team used a strong pitching performance from sophomore Andrew Nemmbers to defeat Bethany Lutheran 3-2 to stay alive in the UMAC Postseason Tournament.
Nemmers pitched a complete game, allowing just the two runs (one earned) on seven hits while striking out seven. He held the Vikings scoreless through six innings, and didn't allow a base runner beyond second base until the seventh.
The MLC bats gave Nemmers some early run support when Galen Holzhueter singled home Jake Ziel in the top of the third inning to give the Knights a 1-0 lead.
MLC added to that in the fifth when it scored twice with the help of two Viking errors to take a 3-0 lead off BLC starter Cory Ferm, who pitched a no-hitter against the Knights just four days ago.
BLC started to rally off Nemmers, scoring once in the seventh and once more in the eighth to cut the MLC lead to 3-2, but Nemmers would hold strong, stranding runners to end both innings, and then stranding a runner at third base in the ninth to finish off the win.
The win bumped Nemmers to 4-1 on the season, giving him three straight complete game wins in his last three starts.
At the plate, MLC finished with eight hits off Ferm. Ziel, Joe Janke and William Jensen led the way with two apiece, with Ziel scoring two of the Knights' three runs in the game.
MLC improved to 14-11 with the win, and advanced to play another elimination game tomorrow at 12 p.m. against Northwestern, which lost 6-4 to St. Scholastica Friday night. Bethany dropped to 14-16 on the season with the loss.