Vikings Use Late Rally to Top Knights
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC baseball held strong for six innings against Bethany, but allowed seven runs in the final three innings in a 12-5 loss at Mueller Park Tuesday.
The Knights jumped out to a 3-0 lead to, scoring one run in each of the first three innings on RBI hits from Aaron Stokke, Eric Mielke and Tyler Dorn.
Joseph Blum shut the Vikings out for the first three innings on the mound, but fell victim to some errors behind him later in the game. He allowed five runs in the next three innings, but only two of those were earned as the two teams were tied at 5-5 after six innings.
The Vikings broke the game open in the top of the seventh, scoring five times off Blum despite only two hits in the inning.
Blum finished the game having allowed ten runs (three earned) on eight hits in seven innings of work.
At the plate, the bats that started the game with six hits in the first three innings were able to manage just two the rest of the game. Stokke led the team with three hits.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 1-11 overall and 1-3 in the UMAC, while Bethany improved to 7-11 on the season and 1-3 in league play.
MLC will return to action this weekend, when it travels to Northwestern for a three-game series starting Friday at 3 p.m.