Knights Lose Home Opener to Lumberjacks
NEW ULM, Minn. – The MLC baseball team lost its home opener to Northland by the score of 10-4 Friday.
Starting pitcher Eric Mielke had a tough time controlling his pitches early, and was taken out in the third inning after striking out four and walking seven on the way to allowing five runs.
Joe Blum came in relief and kept the Knights in the game, going the final 6.2 innings of work and allowing five runs on nine hits while striking out seven.
After falling behind 5-0, the Knights rallied to score three times in the bottom of the third inning on RBI from Jake Ziel, Aaron Stokke and Galen Holzhueter, but it would be the only runs they would score until the bottom of the ninth inning, when Ziel added his second RBI of the game.
Ziel and Andrew Nemmers led MLC with two hits apiece.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 0-9 overall and 0-1 in the UMAC, while Northland improved to 4-10 on the season and 1-0 in league play.
These two teams will get back at it tomorrow (Saturday, March 31) with a double header scheduled to start at 12 p.m. at Mueller Park.