Softball Wins Game One at UMAC Tournament
MORRIS, Minn. - The MLC softball team opened the UMAC Postseason Tournament with a dominating 14-4 win in five innings over second-seeded Minnesota-Morris Friday.
The Knights never trailed in the game, jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first, taking advantage of two Cougar errors before Sara Willems capped the inning with a three-run double with two outs to push the lead to five.
MLC would tack on two more in the second inning on RBI from Madeline Scott and Amber Krause, but UMM would push back with two runs in the second and one more in the third to cut the MLC lead to 7-3.
The Knights finished things in the fifth inning, scoring seven times on five hits and one error. Maggie Schultz provided the big blast in the inning with a bases loaded triple that scored three. She would later score on a single by Amanda Fogle. Scott capped the scoring for MLC with a two-run single, and then scoring on double steal attempt to end the inning.
The 14 runs were more than enough for starting pitcher Kathryn Marquardt, who allowed nine hits and pitched around three errors to give up four runs (three earned) in 5.0 innings. She improved to 9-6 on the season with the win, tying teammate Laura Miller for the single-season record for wins by a pitcher in a season.
MLC finished the game with 13 hits. All nine players in the MLC line-up scored at least once, while eight of the nine had at least one hit (Krause was the lone batter without a hit, but walked twice and also had a sacrifice fly to drive home a run). Emily Waldek led the MLC hitters with three hits, including one double and one triple, and also scored three times.
With the win, MLC improved its record to 20-12, while UMM dropped to 18-17.
The Knights will play their second game of the double-elimination tournament tonight at 4 p.m. against the fourth seed Bethany Lutheran.