Baseball Swept by Eagles in Triple Header
NEW ULM, Minn. – The MLC baseball team was swept in a triple header Friday against Northwestern by the scores of 5-2, 3-0 and 12-5.
Northwestern scored four runs in the top half of the seventh inning to beat MLC 5-2 in game one.
MLC starting pitcher Joe Janke held the Eagles down through seven innings, and took a 2-1 lead into the last inning, but allowed four runs on four hits in the seventh as he dropped to 2-4 on the season.
Northwestern took an early 1-0 lead, but Josh Schultz tied the game for MLC with a solo home run in the fourth inning. The Knights took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning when Galen Holzhueter scored after a single by Brad Essig was misplayed in the infield, allowing him to take home.
MLC was held to two hits in a 3-0 loss to Northwestern in game two.
Northwestern jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, and then tacked on the third run in the fourth. The Eagles outhit MLC 10-2 in game two.
MLC starter Jacob Ziel went the distance for MLC, dropping to 1-4 on the season after allowing all three runs (all earned) while striking out three.
Holzhueter and Schultz had MLC’s two hits.
Northwestern took advantage of MLC miscues throughout game three on the way to finishing the sweep with a 12-5 win.
MLC finished the game with five errors, three of which came in a first inning that saw Northwestern score five runs.
Greg Holzhueter and Joel Hering each had two hits for MLC, while Joe Blum picked up the loss on the mound after allowing all 12 runs (four earned) on 12 hits while striking out six in 5.1 innings.
With the three losses, MLC dropped to 4-20 overall and 4-11 in conference play, while NWC improved to 13-17 on the season and 10-7 in league action.
MLC will return to action on Tuesday, May 3, when it hosts UM-Morris for a triple header starting at 1 p.m. at Mueller Park.