Softball Closes UMAC Season With Sweep of Storm
NEW ULM, Minn. - The Martin Luther College softball team closed its UMAC season with a double header sweep of Crown on Saturday, winning by the scores of 10-2 and 10-7.
The Knights took advantage of four Crown errors to win game one 10-2 in five innings.
MLC jumped on top early, scoring five times in the second inning thanks to run-scoring hits by Caity Seastrand, Emily Waldek and Sarah Couture.
The Knights would continue to roll offensively, scoring twice in the third, twice in the fourth, and once more in the fifth to finish the Storm in five.
Sara Willems finished the game with four hits, while Andrea Biedenbender, Morgan Kumbier and Seastrand each finished with two hits.
The ten runs were more than enough for starting pitcher Kathryn Marquardt, who improved to 8-8 on the season after allowing only two runs (both earned) on six hits in the game.
MLC overcame a four-run deficit to take game two 10-7.
Crown took an early 6-2 lead, knocking MLC starting pitcher Kelli Doell out of the game in the third inning in the midst of a six-run outburst in the frame.
Marquardt came in relief and shut the Storm down, however, holding Crown to just one run in the final 4.2 innings to give the offense a chance to make up ground.
That would come quickly, as the Knights tied the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the third inning thanks to four runs, and then took command of the game with a three-run fourth inning on the way to the win.
Waldek had a big day at the top of the order with four hits and four runs scored. Couture added a pair of hits, while Doell came through with three runs batted in, all coming on a three-run triple in the third inning to kick-start the comeback.
Marquardt improved to 9-8 on the season with the win, allowing just the one run on four hits in 4.2 innings of relief.
The Knights improved to 15-16 overall, and finished the UMAC schedule with a record of 9-12. Crown fell to 9-24 on the season and 7-14 in league play with the two defeats.
MLC is scheduled to play one more double header this season when it hosts St. Olaf on Monday, April 28, in the season finale. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.