Knights Split Double Header with Northland
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC softball team lost game one of a Sunday double header to Northland 24-7, and then came back from seven runs down to win game two 12-10.
Northland batted around four times in five innings in a 24-7 win for the Lumberjills in game one.
The MLC pitchers and defense were not able to slow down Northland, allowing 27 hits and committing four errors as the Lumberjills scored in every inning, and scored at least five runs in four of the five innings played.
Laura Miller picked up the loss on the mound for MLC, going two innings and allowing ten runs (five earned).
Elizabeth Henke led MLC's hitters with three hits and two runs, while Madeline Scott and Andrea Biedenbender both had two hits, while Karla Opperman hit her first home run of the season for the Knights.
MLC trailed 8-1 in the second inning before coming back to beat Northland 12-10 in game two Sunday.
The Lumberjills scored three in the first inning and five in the second to take an 8-1 lead into the bottom of the second, but MLC started to close the gap with three runs in the second.
After Northland pushed the lead back to six with two in the fourth, MLC took the lead with a seven-run fourth inning. The Knights sent 13 batters to the plate, and pounded eight hits in the inning. Sarah Free had two doubles in the inning, including a three-run double to left centerfield that gave MLC the lead at 11-10.
MLC was able to tack on one insurance run in the sixth inning to seal the win at 12-10.
Laura Miller went the distance on the mound for MLC, allowing only two runs in the final five innings to improve to 2-7 on the season.
The Knights finished the game with 17 hits, led by four from Free at the top of the order. Amanda Fogle had three hits, while Stephanie Punke added three runs and two hits.
With the split, MLC moved to 4-14 overall and 1-6 in the UMAC, while Northland moved to 5-13 on the season and 3-3 in conference play.
The Knights will return to the field on Tuesday, April 19, when they host Bethany for a double header scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.