NEW ULM - The Martin Luther College softball team opened its home schedule with a doubleheader sweep of Bethany Lutheran College by the scores of 11-6 and 10-4 on Wednesday.
In Game 1, the Knights (7-4, 1-0 UMAC) jumped out to a six-run lead and then held off a late rally by the Vikings (1-15, 0-1) to win 11-6.
The Knights took a 5-0 lead after two innings thanks to a five-run second inning with RBI?hits from Morgan Kumbier, Caity Seastrand and Andrea Biedenbender.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Martin Luther College’s Maggie Schultz drops down a sacrifice bunt during the second game of a doubleheader against Bethany Lutheran on Wednesday at MLC in New Ulm.
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Kathryn Marquardt was cruising through the BLC lineup until the Knights hit a rough stretch in the top of the sixth. With the Knights leading 6-0 at the start of the inning, the Vikings took advantage of four MLC errors to score six runs to tie the game.
MLC rallied, however, scoring five times in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead back and win the game.
Marquardt improved to 3-2 on the season with the complete-game victory, allowing six runs (one earned) on eight hits.
Seastrand and Sarah Couture led the MLC hitters with three hits apiece.
MLC scored 10 times on 15 hits in a 10-4 win in Game 2.
Kelli Doell improved to 3-1 on the season on the mound, pitching a complete game and allowing four runs (one earned) on eight hits.
Emily Wessel had a big day at the plate for MLC, scoring three runs and going 2-for-4 with a double and triple in the game.
Emily Waldek also had a big day at the plate with three hits, while Biedenbender and Seastrand each finished with two hits.
The Knights will return to action on Saturday, when they play in the UMAC Crossover games being held at Vadnais Sports Dome.