Softball Loses Two against Lumberjills
DULUTH, Minn. - The Martin Luther College softball team suffered a pair of defeats Friday against Northland College by the scores of 11-0 and 7-6.
A nine-run Northland fourth inning led the Lumberjills to an 11-0 win in game one.
Kathryn Marquardt started the game for the Knights and held the Lumberjills to two runs through three innings, but allowed nine runs on eight hits in the fourth inning as Northland blew the game open.
Emily Waldek recorded a pair of hits for MLC, while Marquardt fell to 5-4 on the season with the loss.
MLC was unable to hold an early five-run lead as Northland came from behind to walk off in the seventh inning with a 7-6 win over the Knights.
The Knights jumped ahead 4-0 in the second inning thanks to RBI hits from Waldek and MacCartney Mendolla, and then pushed the lead to 5-0 in the third thanks to Sara Willems' fifth home run of the season.
Northland came back with six runs in the fourth inning off MLC starting pitcher Emily Doell to take a one-run lead.
MLC tied the game in the top of the seventh as Andrea Biedenbender singled home Emily Wessel, who led off the frame with a triple. The Lumberjills came back to win in the bottom half of the inning, however, with a two-out single to score the winning run.
Doell pitched a complete game for MLC, allowing four earned runs as she fell to 4-4 on the season.
MLC fell to 10-9 on the season and 4-5 in the UMAC, while Northland improved to 7-13 overall and 7-1 in league play with the wins.
The Knights will return to action on April 15, when they travel to Bethany Lutheran for a double header starting at 3 p.m.