Softball Loses Two at UMAC Crossover
VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn. - The Martin Luther College softball team lost both its games at the UMAC Crossover played at the Vadnais Sports Center on Sunday afternoon, losing 10-5 to St. Scholastica and 9-6 to Northland.
The Knights fell behind early and a late rally fell short in a 10-5 loss to St. Scholastica in game one.
The Saints put four runs on the board off MLC starter Kathryn Marquardt in the top of the first inning to take a lead they wouldn't relinquish the rest of the way.
MLC came back to score a pair of runs in the bottom of the first to keep things within distance, but CSS scored twice in the sixth and seventh innings to build its lead to 10-2.
The Knights rallied in the bottom of the seventh, scoring three times and loading the bases with two outs, but were unable to push across another run.
Marquardt fell to 4-3 on the season in the loss, while Sara Willems led the MLC hitters with a pair of hits.
Northland broke open a 4-3 game with a five-run sixth inning to defeat the Knights 9-6 in game two.
MLC jumped ahead to start the game with two runs in the first inning, but the Lumberjills scored four runs in the next two innings to take the lead, and then hit two home runs in the sixth frame to take a 9-3 lead.
The Knights rallied in the seventh, scoring three runs and putting another runner in scoring position, but Northland would close the game with a strikeout to end the threat.
MLC starting pitcher Kelli Doell allowed eight runs (four earned) in 5.2 innings as she fell to 4-2 on the season. Emily Waldek led the MLC hitters with three hits, while MacCartney Mendolla and Maggie Schultz each finished with two hits for the Knights.
The Knights dropped to 9-6 on the season with the two defeats, and are scheduled to return to action on Tuesday, April 8, when they play a double header at Minnesota-Morris.