Extra Innings Win Leads to Softball Split
MORRIS, Minn. - The Martin Luther College softball team split a double header at Minnesota-Morris Wednesday, winning game one 8-5 in ten innings before losing game two 5-4.
The Knights outlasted the Cougars for an 8-5 win in ten innings in game one.
The two teams traded the lead late in the game. The Knights rallied from a 2-0 deficit with four runs in the sixth inning and one more in the seventh to take a three-run lead, but the Cougars tied the game with a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings.
After two scoreless extra frames, the Knights scored three times in the tenth inning on the way to securing the win. Emily Wessel drove home the go-ahead run with a double, and then scored along with Sara Willems later in the inning.
Kathryn Marquardt got the start for the Knights, pitching all ten innings as she improved to 5-3 on the season.
MLC was unable to complete the sweep as the Cougars took game two 5-4.
UMM scored all five of its runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 5-0 lead off MLC starting pitching Kelli Doell.
Doell settled in after that, shutting down the Cougars and allowing the MLC offense to attempt a comeback.
The Knights scored once in the fourth and sixth innings, and then added a pair of runs on singles from Wessel and Willems in the seventh inning, but were unable to complete the comeback as the Cougars got out of the jam with runners at first and second.
Doell fell to 4-3 on the season in defeat for MLC.
The Knights moved their record to 10-7 overall and 4-3 in the UMAC with the split, while UMM now sits at 8-12 on the season and 3-3 in league play.
MLC will return to action on Friday, April 11, when it travels to St. Scholastica to take on Northland College in a double header. The games will be played on the St. Scholastica football practice field, and are scheduled to start at 11 a.m.