MLC gets swept by Northland

NEW ULM – The Martin Luther College baseball team was swept in a Upper Midwest Athletic Conference doubleheader against Northland Friday, losing Game 1 7-1 before dropping the second game 9-7 in 12 innings.

The MLC offense was unable to push through in a 7-1 game one loss to the Lumberjacks.

MLC starting pitcher Jonathan Kock held Northland to four runs (three earned) in seven innings of work, but the offense failed to push a run across the plate until the bottom of the eighth inning to cut the deficit to 4-1.

Northland added three insurance runs in the ninth off MLC reliever Wyatt Weimer to put the Knights away.

Kock allowed eight hits and two walks while striking out four batters in his seven innings, falling to 1-3 on the season in defeat.

Matt Olson and Joe Schmudlach each finished with a pair of hits in the game for the Knights.

In the second game, the Knights overcame a six-run deficit to tie the game in the ninth inning, but were unable to take advantage of several strong scoring opportunities late in the game in a 9-7 loss in 12 innings.

MLC fell behind 6-0 in the third innings, as Northland took advantage of a couple defensive miscues behind MLC starter Matt Olson.

Olson would steady the ship after the third, however, holding the Lumberjacks scoreless for the next five frames as the offense started to chip away.

Ben Edmundson had the first key hit in the fifth inning when he doubled home Galen Holzhueter and Jake Ziel, and James Hemmelman brought the Knights within a run with a two-run double in the sixth.

Northland scored one run in the ninth to take a 7-5 lead, but the Knights scored twice in the bottom half to send the game to extra innings following RBI singles from Schmudlach and Travis Kretsch.

The Knights had opportunities late, leaving two runners on base to end the ninth and 11th innings before Northland scored twice off Hemmelman in the 12th inning to win the game.

Olson finished after nine innings of work after allowing seven runs (five earned) and striking out nine. Hemmelman came in relief to pitch the final three innings, allowing two runs and falling to 0-1 on the season with the loss.

The Knights will return to action Saturday when they host Northland for the third and final game of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Mueller Park.

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