Softball Splits Double Header with UMM
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC softball team played through the rain and overcame a delay of nearly one hour to split a double header against Minnesota Morris, winning game one 9-4 and losing game two 6-2.
The Knights were able to run away with game one by the score of 9-4 thanks to a six-run sixth inning.
The game was delayed for nearly an hour after the fourth inning due to persistent rain with the Knights ahead 2-1, but MLC would push its lead to 3-1 when Amber Krause scored from third base on a wild pitch in the bottom half of the fifth following the delay.
The Knights put the game away in the sixth, scoring six times with the help of six hits. Amanda Fogle, Krause and Morgan Kumbier each had RBI singles, while Andrea Biedenbender had the big hit of the inning with a two-run double to right center field.
Nine runs would be more than enough for MLC starting pitcher Kathryn Marquardt, who improved her record to 3-3 on the season with the win. Marquardt pitched all seven innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits while striking out six.
MLC outhit UMM 13-11 in game two, but was unable to take advantage of its scoring chances in a 6-2 loss.
The Knights took a 1-0 lead with a run in the bottom of the first, but left the bases loaded as they missed on a chance to create some distance from the Cougars early on.
UMM started to slowly build a lead, scoring once in the third, fourth and fifth innings off MLC starter Laura Miller before adding three more runs in the sixth to build its lead to 6-2.
The Knights put together a rally in the final inning, but left two on base to bring the total of 12 stranded runners in the game.
Fogle led the MLC hitters with three hits and one run batted in, while Emily Waldek and Biedenbender each finished with two hits.
Miller's record dropped to 2-4 on the season with the loss after she allowed six runs (all earned) on ten hits in five innings. She also struck out two and walked three in the game.
With the split, MLC now holds a record of 7-7 overall and 1-2 in the UMAC. UMM's record moved to 6-10 on the season and 2-1 in league play.
The Knights will return to action on Tuesday, April 9, when they travel to Crown for a double header scheduled to start at 3 p.m.