Softball Sweeps Nighttime Double Header against Northland
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. – The MLC softball team swept a double header at the Irish Sports Dome against Northland College Saturday, winning game one 5-2 and game two 12-5.
The Knights came from behind to beat Northland 5-2 in game one.
The Lumberjills scored a pair in the first inning off MLC starter Kathryn Marquardt, but Marquardt held Northland scoreless the rest of the way, striking out three in seven innings of work to improve her record to 5-3 on the season.
The offense started to get things going in the second inning on an RBI double from Morgan Kumbier, and then tied the game at 2-2 scoring on an Emily Waldek home run in the third inning.
MLC would score once in each of the final three innings as well, with MacCartney Mendolla driving home two of the three runs.
Andrea Biedenbender was the leading hitter for MLC, going 3-3 at the plate with three runs scored. Waldek finished with two hits for MLC.
MLC jumped ahead early and tacked on a bunch of insurance runs late in a 12-5 win in game two.
Starting pitcher Laura Miller struggled with her control at times, but made big pitches to get out of several jams. She went all seven innings, striking out one as she improved to 4-4 on the season.
Biedenbender started the scoring for MLC with an RBI in the third inning, and then the Knights added three runs in fourth. Gina Radue led off the inning with a triple to right field, and MLC took advantage of three Northland errors in the inning.
The Lumberjills scored three times in the top half of the fifth, but MLC put things out of reach in the bottom of the inning, with Waldek hitting a three-run home run to left center, her second of the day and third on the season. MLC would add three more times in the inning, and then added two more runs in the sixth after Northland had cut into the lead in the top of the sixth.
MLC improved to 11-7 on the season overall and 5-2 in conference play with the wins.
The Knights will return to action on Wednesday, April 17, when they host Bethany Lutheran for a double header.