MLC ends St. Scholastica’s streak in split

NEW ULM – The Martin Luther College baseball team snapped a 52-game St. Scholastica win streak in UMAC competition with a 3-1 win in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Friday.

Jake Ziel came in relief of starter Andrew Nemmers and pitched six innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits and two walks while striking out eight to earn the win and improve to 2-1 on the season.

At the plate, the Knights (4-6, 1-1 UMAC) scored once in the second, sixth and ninth innings, with Thomas Welch, Joel Hering and Joe Schmudlach each finishing with one RBI.

Aaron Stokke started the scoring for MLC in the second inning when he led off with a double and scored on a Hering single with one out.

Matt Olson and Welch scored the final two runs for MLC, giving them insurance down the stretch.

Ziel did not need the extra run, however, as he escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth by allowing one run and then shut the Saints (11-10, 3-1) down the rest of the game to secure the win.

Prior to Friday, the Saints’ last conference loss came against Bethany Lutheran on April 9, 2011.

In Game 2, MLC committed three first-inning errors and never recovered in a 16-1 loss.

CSS scored six unearned runs in the first two innings on the way to a 7-0 lead and continued to pour it on from there against the MLC bullpen once starter Matt Olson left the game.

Olson finished with only 1 1/3 innings of work, allowing one hit and six runs (one earned) as he fell to 0-2 on the season.

Hering finished with two of MLC’s eight hits in the game to lead the offense.

The two teams will return to action Saturday, when they play a single game at Mueller Park. First pitch is scheduled for noon.

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