Baseball Takes Two in Triple Header
WACONIA, Minn. - The MLC baseball team took two of three games in a triple header at Crown Saturday. The Knights won games one and two by the scores of 11-2 and 13-2, and then lost game three 3-2.
MLC got a great pitching performance from Joe Janke and the help of six Crown errors in an 11-2 win in game one.
Janke pitched all seven innings for the Knights and struck out 12 Storm hitters, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits to improve to 2-3 on the season.
The Knights took an early lead with two runs in the first inning, and then exploded for eight runs in the fifth inning to give Janke all the cushion he would need.
Joe Schmudlach led MLC's hitters with two hits and two RBI. Jacob Ziel had two hits and one RBI, while Janke helped his own cause with one hit and two runs batted in.
MLC trailed 1-0 after two innings, but scored in each of the final five innings on the way to taking game two 13-2.
The Knights had 15 hits in the game, led by Aaron Stokke's three hits, while five other MLC players had two hits. Eight of MLC's nine starters had at least one hit.
Jacob Ziel picked up the win on the mound to move to 1-3 on the season after striking out nine Storm hitters in seven innings of work.
MLC was unable to complete the three-game sweep, as Crown took game three 3-2.
Crown scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning, breaking open a 2-2 game. Joe Blum picked up the loss for MLC, dropping to 1-3 on the season after allowing three runs (all earned) on eight hits while striking out five.
Greg Holzhueter finished with three of MLC's eight hits, and also added a stolen base. Janke finished with two hits for the Knights.
After the three-game set, MLC is now 4-15 overall and 4-8 in the UMAC. Crown moved to 2-20 on the season and 2-13 in conference play.
MLC will return to action Monday, April 25, when it travels to Gustavus for a double header starting at 1 p.m.