Softball Splits Double Header against BLC
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC softball team split a double header against Bethany Tuesday, winning game one 10-8 before losing game two 9-7.
The Knights used a seven-run third inning to build a large lead they would keep the rest of the game in a 10-8 win in game one.
The two teams traded runs in the first two innings, with the score tied 3-3. BLC scored once in the top of the third, but the Knights answered with seven two-out runs in the bottom half after an error by Bethany kept the inning alive. Five straight MLC players had hits, with Stephanie Punke and Katie Scherer each hitting RBI doubles in the inning.
Bethany came back to score four times in the final four innings, but the Knights had built a big enough cushion to withstand the charge from the Vikings to get the win.
Laura Miller got the win on the mound for MLC, improving to 4-7 on the season after allowing eight runs (five earned) on 14 hits.
MLC took a three-run lead into the seventh and final inning, but watched as the Vikings scored six runs in the inning to beat the Knights 9-7 in game two.
The Knights took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a three-run home run by Karla Opperman, her third of the season.
MLC scored once in the second on a Scherer RBI double, and twice more in the fifth on a two-run double by Sara Willems to take a 6-3 lead into the final innings.
The Vikings roarded back in the seventh inning off Miller, who went the distance in game two as well on the mound for MLC. BLC scored six times on five hits and one error in the inning to take the lead, and then held on when MLC made one last charge in the bottom half of the inning.
Miller took the loss, dropping to 4-8 on the season after allowing nine runs (eight earned) on 13 hits.
MLC moved to 5-14 overall and 4-6 in the UMAC with the split, while BLC is now 9-20 on the season and 5-6 in league play.
The Knights will return to action on Friday, April 20, when they host Crown in a double header starting at 3 p.m.