Softball Swept at Northland
ASHLAND, Wis. - The MLC softball team finished off a long day with a pair of losses to Northland by the scores of 10-6 and 8-3.
The Knights gave up at least two runs in four the first six innings in a 10-6 loss to Northland in game one.
The Lumberjills finished the game with 16 hits off MLC starting pitcher Laura Miller, who allowed all ten runs (eight earned) as she dropped to 3-7 on the season.
MLC started the game strong, scoring one run in the first inning when Amber Krause drove home Sarah Free, but the Knights were then held scoreless until the sixth inning, when Karla Opperman hit a three-run home run to cut the deficit at the time to four runs.
After Northland scored two more insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth, the Knights scored twice more in the seventh, but weren't able to overcome the Northland lead.
Northland outhit MLC 15-6 on the way to an 8-3 win in game two.
Sarah Free got the start on the mound for the Knights and allowed all eight runs as her record fell to 1-4 on the season.
The Knights once again got off to a good start, scoring twice in the first inning when Free stole home and Katie Scherer drove home Madeline Scott with a single, but the Lumberjills would respond with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to take a two-run lead.
MLC came back to score once in the second with the help of a Northland error, but were held scoreless the rest of the way. Northland was able to score once more in the third, twice in the fourth, and added its final run in the sixth to get the final five-run margin.
With the two losses, MLC dropped to 4-13 on the season and 3-5 in the UMAC, while Northland improved to 14-12 overall and 7-2 in league play.
MLC will return to the diamond on Monday, April 16, when it hosts North Central for a double header scheduled to start at 4 p.m.