MLC baseball splits with UM-Morris

MORRIS, Minn. – The Martin Luther College baseball team split a doubleheader at UM-Morris on Saturday, winning Game 1 8-0 before losing Game 2 11-3.

MLC starting pitcher Matt Olson pitched a three-hit shutout to lead the Knights (11-11, 8-6 UMAC) to victory.

Olson went all nine innings for the Knights, striking out seven and allowing only three hits and three walks as he improved his record to 2-2 this season.

At the plate, MLC pounded 11 hits off Cougar pitching and also took advantage of seven UM-M errors in the game.

MLC started the scoring in the third, when Jake Ziel, Andrew Nemmers and Olson each drove in a run for a 3-0 edge.

The Knights continued to add to the lead, scoring twice in the fifth and seventh innings, and once more in the eighth to get the final 8-0 margin.

Ziel, Olson and Aaron Stokke each finished with a pair of hits in the game, while Galen Holzhueter scored three of the team’s eight runs.

The Cougars (13-14, 8-6) turned the tables in Game 2, taking advantage of eight MLC defensive miscues on the way to an 11-3 win to earn the split.

The Knights took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third inning after a Holzhueter triple and Nemmers sacrifice fly, but the Cougars responded with five runs in the bottom half of the third, capitalizing on two errors in the inning that led to all five runs being unearned off MLC starter Jonathan Kock.

Nine of Minnesota-Morris’ 11 runs were unearned. Kock started the game for the Knights and went six innings, allowing seven runs (one earned) on 10 hits as he fell to 2-4 on the season.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

UM-Morris 6, MLC 3

MORRIS, Minn. – The Martin Luther College women’s tennis team lost 6-3 at Minnesota-Morris on Saturday morning.

The Knights (2-8, 2-6 UMAC) lost two of the three doubles matches, with the third doubles team of Nicole Wood and Melissa Stibb earning the lone point thanks to an 8-4 win.

In singles, Minnesota-Morris took each of the first four matches before the MLC won the No. 5 and 6 matches. Elizabeth Broring won her match in one set, while Melissa Stibb won the No. 6 singles match in straight sets.

MLC will return to action on Monday at Bethany Lutheran.

MEN’S TENNIS

UM-Morris 5, MLC 4

MORRIS, Minn. – The Martin Luther College men’s tennis team lost 5-4 at Minnesota-Morris on Saturday.

The Knights (2-8, 2-6 UMAC) won the No. 2 and 3 doubles matches to begin the meet. Kris Kuschel and Micah Koelpin won in No. 2 doubles 9-7, while Justin Marshall and Philip Schroeder won their No. 3 doubles match 8-6.

The Cougars (2-6, 2-5) were able to rally in singles, however, winning four of the six matches to get the overall 5-4 win. Koelpin and Marshall had the two singles victories for MLC.

MLC will return to action on Monday at Bethany Lutheran.

TRACK & FIELD

ST. PETER, Minn. – The Martin Luther College track and field teams performed at Gustavus on Saturday in the team’s final tune-up before the UMAC Championships next weekend.

Emilee Koltz was the top finisher for MLC on the women’s side, placing third in the 5,000-meter run with a school-record time of 19:10.58. The record time was nearly 20 seconds faster than the previous top time, set by Koltz earlier this season.

Hannah Hackbarth finished in the top 10 in her event, taking eighth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 12:48.77.

Elsewhere in the running events, Sarah Hackbarth and Lindsay Hughes finished 18th and 19th in the 400.

In the loaded field events, the Knights scored a pair of top-20 finishes in the javelin throw as Katie Wilson took 18th and Beth Murry took 20th.

Todd Brassow had the top finish for MLC on the men’s side, placing third in the high jump with a jump of 1.9 meters.

Alec Bergmann also finished in the top 20 in the shot put with a throw of 11.31 meters.

Grey Davis was the top finisher among the MLC runners, taking 11th place in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:15.55.

John Wildauer finished 17th in the 400 and Isaac Pappenfuss finished 19th in the 800.

MLC will return to action at 3 p.m. on Wednesday in a meet at St. Thomas.

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