NEW ULM - When the College of St. Scholastica defeated Martin Luther College 14-4 in eight innings and then followed that up with a 15-1 win in seven innings, it was no surprise of Martin Luther College baseball coach Randy Cox.
"We expected this," he said following the two Upper Midwest Athletic Conference losses to the conference leading Saints.
"We did not throw our top flight pitchers," he said. "We are so jammed up because of the weather."
In both contests, the Knights spotted the Saints a six-run lead after the first inning.
In the opening game, freshman James Hemmelman was thrown to the dogs. He went two innings and allowed eight runs in taking the loss.
Mickie Keuning got credit for the win, going three innings and allowing just two hits.
The Knights trailed 9-0 in the fourth inning before they scored four runs off of reliever Jake Nystrom.
Galen Holzhueter walked and Andrew Nemmers singled to center field. Joe Janke's one-out hit scored Holzhueter. Tyler Dorn coaxed a two-out walk to load the bases. Both Nemmers and Janke raced home on a throwing error by CSS catcher Jake Kuschke.
CSS added three runs in the top of the eighth inning to end the game.
In the nightcap, the Saints again scored six runs in the first inning, this time coming off of Dorn. Dorn went two innings and be charged with six first inning runs and then yield five more in the second inning, ending his day on the mound.
The Saints mounted a 14-0 lead after 5 1/2 innings before MLC scored a run in the bottom of the fifth
Walks to Ben Edmundson and Joe Schmudlach preceeded an RBI single off of the bat of Ziel.
Matt Olson had two of the six hits for the Knights.
Cox said that his team now needs to focus on the doubleheader today with Northwestern and Sunday with Morris and then with games against Bethany Lutheran College on Tuesday.
"We need to go 3-3 for sure," he said. "I would take 4-2 but the 3-3 is very realistic. Our captains talk about being mentally ready to play and that is true for this weekend."
Cox said that Ziel and Janke will pitch games today at Mueller Park.