Softball Sweeps MSOE
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC softball team swept a double header Thursday against Milwaukee School of Engineering, winning game one 7-6 in eight innings and then game two 14-8 in five innings.
The Knights rallied from the a three-run deficit in the seventh inning to send game one into extra innings before winning it 7-6 in the eighth inning.
MLC led 1-0 after the second inning, but fell behind after a six-run fifth inning by the Raiders put the Knights up against it late in the game.
The Knights scratched across one run in both the fifth and sixth innings, thanks to RBI extra base hits by Amanda Fogle and MacCartney Mendolla, but still trailed by three heading into the final stanza.
MLC loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, and then scored three straight runs thanks to three wild pitches to tie the game and force extra innings.
In the eighth inning, Maggie Schultz drove home Karlie Kohlmeier from third base on a hard hit grounder in the infield to score the winning run.
Kathryn Marquardt pitched all eight innings for MLC, allowing six runs (four earned) and striking out two as she improved to 2-3 on the season.
The Knights continued the momentum early in game two, jumping out to a 14-0 lead on the way to a 14-8 win after the game was called after five innings due to darkness.
MLC scored three times in the first, eight times in the second, and three more times in the third to take the commanding early lead before the Raiders came back with eight unanswered runs before the teams ran out of light.
The Knights finished game two with ten hits, and also drew seven walks. Madeline Scott reached base three times with the help of one hit and two walks on the way to scoring three runs, while Amber Krause was the Knights' top run producer with five runs batted in. Both Krause and Fogle finished with three hits for MLC in the game.
On the mound, Laura Miller pitched the final 1.2 innings in relief of Emily Waldek to earn the win and improve to 2-3 on the season. Waldek pitched the first 3.1 innings, allowing four runs (three earned), while Miller allowed four runs (all earned) on five hits and struck out two.
With the sweep, MLC improved its record to 6-6 on the season, while MSOE dropped to 2-8.
The Knights will return to action on Saturday, April 6, when they host Minnesota-Morris for a double header scheduled to start at 1 p.m.