Pitching Leads Knights to Sweep over Storm
WATERTOWN, Minn. - The MLC baseball team received two outstanding pitching performances in a double header sweep at Crown by the scores of 7-0 and 4-2.
Jake Ziel struck out a career-best 14 batters in his first complete game shutout of the season as the Knights won game one 7-0.
The two teams were scoreless through three, but the Knights opened the scoring with a five-run fourth inning. MLC had five hits, and also took advantage of three Crown errors in the inning. Ziel, Galen Holzhueter and Andrew Nemmers each had RBI hits in the inning.
MLC would add insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings off the bats of Tyler Dorn and Nemmers, but they weren't needed thanks to Ziel's command of the game.
Ziel allowed just two hits and one walk in the game, retiring the first eight batters he faced, and never allowing a runner beyond first base. He improved his record to 3-2 on the season with the win.
Joe Janke took over on the mound and produced similar results in a 4-2 game two win.
Janke went all nine innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out 13 to improve his record to 3-2 this season.
MLC held a 2-0 lead thanks to RBI singles by Aaron Stokke and Ziel in the third and fourth innings, but the Storm tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a pair of hits and an MLC error.
The Knights took the lead with a two-run eighth inning, as Brad Essig singled home Janke and Stokke with two outs for the winning runs.
MLC improved to 10-8 overall and 6-4 in UMAC play with the wins, while Crown dropped to 3-19 on the season and 2-12 in league action with the two losses.
The Knights will return to action tomorrow (Saturday, May 4) when they travel to Morris to play Northland in a double header.