Softball Splits Games at Crossover
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC softball team saw both sides of the late comeback in a two-game split at the UMAC crossover Friday, losing 6-5 to North Central in game one before winning 6-5 against Northwestern in game two.
The Knights were unable to hold a one-run lead in the seventh inning in a 6-5 loss to North Central.
MLC took a 4-3 lead after scoring twice in the fifth inning, giving starting pitcher Laura Miller a one-run cushion.
The Rams loaded the bases with two outs thanks to a defensive miscue by the Knights, and then cleared them with a double to take a two-run edge heading into the bottom half of the inning.
The Knights put two runners in scoring position, but the rally was snuffed out following a base running error to end the game.
Madeline Scott led MLC with three hits and two runs scored in the game, while Miller dropped to 7-6 on the season after six runs (two earned) on 14 hits in seven innings of work.
Game two saw the Knights come from behind for a 6-5 win over Northwestern thanks to a two-run home run by Sara Willems in the bottom half of the sixth inning.
The Knights held a 4-2 lead after the third inning, but fell behind 5-4 after the Eagles scored once in the fourth, fifth and sixth frames.
Willems followed a one-out single by Morgan Kumbier with her first home run of the season, giving the Knights a lead they would hold the rest of the way.
Kathryn Marquardt went the distance on the mound for MLC to earn her seventh win of the season after allowing five runs (four earned) on 12 hits.
At the plate, Scott was the lone MLC player with multiple hits with two.
MLC moved to 16-10 on the season and 10-5 in UMAC play with the split. The Knights will play the second day of the UMAC crossover tomorrow (Saturday, April 27), with their first game starting at 12 p.m. at MLC.