Softball Takes One of Two against NWC
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC softball team played through tough weather conditions in a double header split against Northwestern Saturday, winning game one 5-4 in eight innings before losing game two 5-2.
The two teams played through a steady rain for much of the game before MLC won in extra innings by the score of 5-4.
The two teams traded runs throughout the game, with MLC scoring two in the first after extra base hits by Sarah Free and Madeline Scott, and then once more in the fourth and fifth innings on RBI from Karla Opperman and Amanda Fogle.
In the bottom of the eighth, MacCartney Mendolla smashed a one-out double just under the left fielder's glove, and Free knocked her home with a two-out single two batters later to score the winning run.
Laura Miller improved to 6-8 on the season on the mound with the win, allowing four runs (all earned) on 11 hits.
Free and Scott each had two hits for the Knights, while Opperman had a team-best two runs batted in.
Northwestern jumped out to an early three-run lead and never looked back in a 5-2 win over MLC in game two.
The Knights committed two errors to lead off the game, leading to three unearned runs in the first inning for the Eagles.
MLC tried to crawl back in the game with one run in each of the first two innings with the help of several miscues by the NWC defense to cut the deficit to one run at 3-2.
Free kept the Knights in the game most of the way, but was unable to keep the Eagles from scoring two insurance runs in the fifth inning to get the final margin for NWC.
Free went seven innings and allowed five runs (two earned) on eight hits, dropping her record to 2-5 on the season.
With the split, MLC is now 8-15 on the season and 7-7 in the UMAC, while NWC is now 14-18 overall and 9-6 in league play.
MLC will return to action on Tuesday, April 24, when it hosts the UMAC crossover games starting at 3 p.m.