Softball Pulls Off Upset, Splits with CSS
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC softball team split a double header Saturday afternoon with St. Scholastica, winning game one 5-3 and losing game two 8-1. The loss was the first conference defeat of the season for the Saints.
The Knights rode a strong pitching performance by Sarah Free (Plover, Wis./LPS) and a four-run third inning to upset the Saints in game one.
Free got the start and went the distance, allowing three runs (one earned) on eight hits to improve to 4-3 on the season. Free walked only one and struck out one in seven innings.
The Knights trailed 3-0 after two innings, but struck for four in the fourth. RBI singles by April Cook (Menomonee Falls, Wis./KMLHS), Amanda Fogle (Oakdale, Minn./SCLHS) and Katie Kretsch (New Ulm, Minn./MVL) in the inning started things off, and a defensive error allowed the final run to score in the inning.
Behind Free, the MLC defense overcame three errors in the early innings to help hold the lead. Cook made several running catches on line drives in the fifth inning to keep the Saints off the bases, while Fogle and the infield caught everything to finish the game.
The Knights fell behind 3-0 after two innings again in game two, but no comeback would come in a 8-1 loss.
MLC was outhit in the game 16-4, and the Saints followed up their three-run start with one in the fifth, three in the sixth, and then one more in the seventh.
Heather Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran HS) went all seven innings on the mound for MLC on her way to falling to 3-5 on the season.
At the plate, Karla Opperman (North Branch, Mich./North Branch HS), Jessica Henning (Redwood Falls, Minn./Redwood Valley HS), Free and Kretsch each had one hit.
With the split, MLC moved to 9-12 overall and 3-6 in the UMAC, while CSS is now 15-11 on the season and 8-1 in conference play.
MLC will return to action on Wenesday, April 21, when it travels to Bethany for a double header starting at 3 p.m.