Eagles open season with win

NEW ULM – The first-time jitters at the plate came and went on Tuesday afternoon.

New Ulm led Marshall by one until breaking open back-to-back two-run innings in the fourth and fifth en route to a 5-2 nonconference victory at Harman Park.

New Ulm coach Kristi Andersen Loose said her players began producing at the plate the second time through the order when they got those jitters out of the way.

“Even those first couple innings, we were threatening each time and things just – one way or the other – didn’t go our way,” Andersen Loose said. “But all in all, it was a great effort and I’m pleased with the first game.”

New Ulm junior Tori Botten put up goose eggs on the scoreboard, allowing three hits and no walks while striking out four batters from the circle in six innings pitched for the win.

“She threw incredibly well,” Andersen Loose said. “She worked the zone. Her and [catcher] Kali [Denn] mixed pitches incredibly well. They’re a good hitting team, she just really took command on the mound out there.”

Offensively, senior Ellie Schneider led the Eagles (1-0) with a 2-for-3 performance that included a two-run double to left field in the seventh and a lead-off hit that eventually scored the second run of the game off a wild pitch in the fourth.

A sacrifice fly to left field by Schneider drove in Abby Kamm for the first run of the game.

The lone highlight of the game for Marshall (0-1) was Miranda Fischer’s solo home run off relief pitcher Brittany Denn on the second pitch of the seventh inning.

“We just got antsy at the plate,” said Marshall coach Jack Houseman. “We weren’t as patient as we should have been and looked for a pitch we could drive. We did a little bit of adjustment against the second pitcher, but not enough there.”

Sadie Zahrbock scored the Tigers’ second run from third on a passed ball during Madison Radel’s at-bat. Denn made it out of the inning by catching both Radel and Abby Blanchette looking for the final outs of the game.

Fischer finished 2-for-3 at the plate and got the loss in the circle for the Tigers. She allowed three earned and five runs off seven hits in six innings pitched.

“She did good,” Houseman said of Fischer. “I think if the defense would have made a few more plays for her, she would’ve got out of there with a little closer ballgame.”

Marshall 000 000 2 – 2 4 3

New Ulm 100 220 x – 5 7 1

Fischer and Zahrbock; Botten, B. Denn (7) and K. Denn.

W – Botten 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0.00 ERA.

L – Fischer 6 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 3.50 ERA.

Leading hitters – Marshall: Fischer 2-3 1 HR 1 RBI 1 R. New Ulm: Schneider 2-3 3 RBI 1 R 2B, B. Denn 1-3 1 RBI 1 K, Kamm 1-4 2 R 1 K.

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