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Vikings crush Knights in UMAC

April 11, 2012
The Journal

MANKATO - The Martin Luther College baseball team was swept in a Upper Midwest Athletic Conference doubleheader at Bethany Lutheran College Tuesday by the scores of 13-3 and 22-2.

In the first game, the Knights fell behind by six after two innings and never recovered.

Eric Mielke got the start and went four innings for MLC, allowing seven hits and walking three, but got little help from his defense as he allowed 12 runs.

In total, the Knights committed six errors in the game, leading to seven unearned runs, while the Vikings didn't commit any errors and also outhit the Knights 11-5.

The Knights scored all three of their runs in the top of the seventh on RBI from Jake Ziel and Jonathan Bumhoffer.

In Game 2, Bethany scored at least twice in every inning.

The Vikings scored twice in the bottom of the first, and then poured on the offense against MLC starter Joe Blum, scoring five times in the second and four more in the third.

Blum went five innings, allowing 17 hits and 17 runs. The MLC defense committed six errors behind him, leading to five total unearned runs in the game.

The Knights' only offense came in the top of the second, when Keoni Hill and Andrew Nemmers each scored runs to tie the game at that point, but it would not be nearly enough.

After the two losses, MLC dropped to 1-15 overall and 1-7 in the UMAC.

MLC is at St. Scholastica Friday.



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