Softball Sweeps Crown in Rescheduled Game
ST. BONIFACIUS, Minn. - The MLC softball team swept a double header at Crown Monday by the scores of 6-0 and 8-2 after the games were bumped up one day due to pending inclement weather.
MLC jumped on top in the first inning and never looked back in a 6-0 game one win.
Emily Waldek and Amanda Fogle scored on a pair of errors in the first inning, giving MLC a 2-0 lead.
The Knights would tack on four more runs in the fifth inning on three consecutive run-scoring doubles by Amber Krause, MacCartney Mendolla and Morgan Kumbier, giving MLC a six-run lead.
That lead was more than enough for MLC starting pitcher Kathryn Marquardt, who improved to 4-3 on the season by throwing a complete game shutout. Marquardt allowed just five hits and one walk while striking out one in seven innings.
Game two was more of the same for MLC, as the team jumped out to an early lead on the way to an 8-2 win.
Andrea Biedenbender had the big hit in the game, smacking a three-run double in the top of the first inning with the bases loaded to give MLC a 3-0 lead before any outs were recorded.
After the Storm came back to scored once in the bottom half of the first, Biedenbender came through again in the top half of the second inning with a two-run double to give MLC a commanding 6-1 lead.
Laura Miller would make sure that lead held up the rest of the way, as she went all seven innings on the mound and allowed just two runs on seven hits and one walk. She also struck out three as she improved her record to 3-4 on the year.
With the sweep, MLC improved to 9-7 on the season and 3-2 in UMAC play, while Crown dropped to 0-9 overall and 0-5 in conference games.
The Knights will return to action on Friday, April 12, when they host St. Scholastica for a double header scheduled to start at 3 p.m.