Opperman Ties HR Record as Softball Splits with Vikings
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC softball team split a double header against Bethany Wednesday, winning game one 6-3 before losing game two 7-6.
MLC took an early lead and never looked back in a 6-3 game one win.
Karla Opperman continued her recent torrid pace with a two-run home run to center in the second inning to give the Knights the lead. The home run was Opperman's sixth of the season, tying Brittany Jensen's school record for home runs in a season (set last season), and was her fifth home run in the last three days.
The Vikings scored twice in the fifth inning to cut the MLC lead to one run at 3-2, but the Knights scored three times in the bottom half of the fifth with the help of an RBI single from Sarah Free.
The six runs would hold up for MLC thanks to Laura Miller, who allowed only three runs (all earned) on nine hits in seven innings of work on the mound to improve her record to 7-9 on the season.
Bethany scored four runs in the final three innings on the way to winning game two 7-6.
The Vikings jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead, but a six-run fourth inning by the Knights put them out in front. Free and Amber Krause each had RBI doubles, while Stephanie Punke hit a two-run triple in the inning.
The Knights were not able to hold the lead, however, as BLC came right back with three in the fifth inning to tie the game, and then took the lead with a run in the top of the seventh off Free, who came in relief of Miller. Free pitched the final 2.1 innings, allowing the one run on two hits as she dropped to 2-10 on the season.
With the split, MLC moved to 9-19 overall and 6-11 in the UMAC, while BLC is now 14-16 on the season and 9-7 in league play.
The Knights will return to action on Friday, April 29, when they travel to Bethany for the final weekend of UMAC crossover match-ups. MLC will play twice on Friday and twice on Saturday at Bethany, with Friday's first game against Northland starting at 10 a.m.