Strong Pitching Helps Knights Take Two from UMM
NEW ULM, Minn. – The MLC baseball team got three strong outings from its starting pitchers Tuesday as it took two games in a triple header against UM-Morris. The Knights won game one 5-1, lost game two 4-3, and then won game three 7-5.
MLC took advantage of a great pitching performance from Jacob Ziel and a few Cougar miscues as it won game one 5-1.
Ziel pitched all seven innings and allowed just one unearned run on six hits. He struck out three and walked two as he improved to 2-4 on the season.
The big blow at the plate for MLC came in the third inning when the Cougars dropped a fly ball with the bases loaded and two outs, allowing three Knights to score. The Knights tacked on insurance runs in the fourth and sixth innings on RBI hits from Tyler Dorn and Greg Holzhueter to give them the cushion they needed to close out the Cougars.
MLC pitcher Joe Janke was unable to close out a stellar performance in game two, allowing UMM to score three times in the top of the seventh inning as the Cougars won game two 4-3.
Janke allowed only one hit in the first six innings as the Knights led 3-1, but two walks and an infield single loaded the bases, and a double by Dustin Sauter cleared the bases to give UMM the one-run lead.
MLC took a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning on RBI hits by Brad Essig and Joe Schmudlach, and then a steal of home by Holzhueter.
MLC overcame a three-run deficit to beat UM-Morris – in game three.
Joe Blum retired the first nine batters, but got into trouble in the fourth and fifth innings. Ryan Schmeling came in relief to pick up the win, allowing one run in two innings of work.
The Knights trailed 3-0 in the fourth and 4-2 in the fifth, but scored five unanswered runs to take a 7-4 lead heading into the seventh. MLC scored three of those runs in the sixth inning, with Josh Schultz driving home the go-ahead run with two outs on a single before MLC tacked on two insurance runs.
After the triple header, MLC moved to 6-21 overall and 6-12 in the UMAC. UM-Morris is now 9-17 on the season and 7-9 in league play.
MLC will return to action on Friday, May 6, when it travels to Presentation for a nine-inning game scheduled to start at 3 p.m.