Dominant Pitching Leads to Sweep of Crown
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC baseball team saw its pitchers allow just five hits in a double header sweep of Crown Monday by the scores of 10-2 and 1-0, pushing its winning streak to five games.
Jacob Ziel took a no-hitter into the fifth inning to help MLC to a dominating 10-2 win over Crown in game one.
Ziel struck out a career-high ten batters and allowed only three hits in the game as he improved to 2-5 on the season with the win.
The Knights scored took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on RBI hits from Joe Blum and Jonathan Bumhoffer, and then added four more runs in the third on runs batted in by Galen Holzhueter, Blum and Aaron Stokke.
For the game, MLC finished with 14 hits, with all nine starters getting at least one hit. Blum led the way with three hits, two runs scored and two runs batted in. Brad Essig, Ziel and Stokke each had two hits.
The Knights were held to three hits in game two, but they made them count in a 1-0 win over the Storm.
Andrew Nemmers threw his first career shutout, going all seven innings and allowing just two hits and four walks. He struck out six as he improved to 2-3 on the season.
MLC was held hitless through the first four innings before Ben Edmundson hit a single to lead off the fifth, but they were unable to score in the inning.
In the sixth, Galen Holzhueter hit a two-out triple (his third of the three-game series against the Storm), and Aaron Stokke knocked him home with a double over the head of the Storm center fielder to give the Knights the lone run of the game and the win.
While Nemmers dominated the Storm hitters, the MLC defense behind him made several key plays to keep the Storm scoreless. Joe Blum made several plays at shortstop to end Crown rallies, including a leaping grab to end the sixth inning that left a runner on first base.
With the sweep, MLC improved to 6-19 overall and 4-11 in the UMAC, while Crown dropped to 1-18 on the season and 1-14 in league play.
MLC will return to action on Friday, April 27, when it travels to UM-Morris for the first of a three-game series starting at 3 p.m.