Ziel, Janke Lead Knights to Sweep of Rams
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC baseball team swept a double header against North Central by the scores of 10-2 and 12-1 thanks to a pair of terrific starting pitching performances Sunday at Mueller Park.
Starting pitcher Jake Ziel controlled the Rams from the beginning in a 10-2 game one win.
Ziel went all nine innings for the Knights, striking out a career-best 13 batters as he improved to 2-1 on the season. He allowed only two runs (one earned) on four hits and one walk. Only one of the four hits he allowed made it through the infield.
At the plate, the Knights took an early 2-0 lead with runs in the second and third innings, and then broke the game open late with eight runs in the final four innings.
William Jensen had a big game at the plate for the Knights, going 4-5 with a pair of doubles, one run batted in and one run scored. Tyler Dorn added two hits, while Galen Holzhueter and Aaron Stokke each had two runs scored. Overall, MLC outhit NCU 11-4 in the game, and also took advantage of five Ram miscues that led to six unearned runs.
Joe Janke picked up where Ziel left off in game two, leading the Knights to a 12-1 win in the back end of the double header.
The game ended after seven innings thanks to the ten-run rule, giving Janke a complete game. He struck out a career-high 14 batters without walking any, and gave up one run on eight hits as he improved his record to 2-1 on the season.
At the plate, the Knights finished with 11 hits and again took advantage of five North Central errors. MLC also showed patience at the plate, walking six times in the game.
Ziel backed up his game one performance on the mound with a strong showing at the plate in game two. He finished with three hits and three runs scored in the game from the leadoff spot, setting the tone and helping the Knights take an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Andrew Nemmers went 2-4 with a double, triple, and two RBI in the game, while Jensen carried over his strong first game with two more hits in game two.
MLC improved to 6-8 on the season and 2-0 in the UMAC with the sweep, while NCU dropped to 0-11 overall and 0-2 in league play with the two losses.
The Knights are scheduled to return to action on Tuesday, April 9, when they host Bethany Lutheran for a double header set to begin at 2 p.m.