North Central sweeps MLC in UMAC

NEW ULM — The Martin Luther College baseball team lost both games of its Upper Midwest Athletic Confernce doubleheader against North Central University by the scores of 5-3 and 5-3 (10 innings) on Thursday.

NCU 5, MLC 3

The Rams took game one against the Knights by the score of 5-3.

MLC put the first three batters on base in the bottom of the first inning and scored a pair of runs to take an early lead, but the Rams responded with two runs in both the second and third innings off starting pitcher Jon Kock. The Rams then added a final insurance run in the fifth frame to build a three-run lead.

The Knights scored one run on a Jason Lindemann single in the eighth inning, but were unable to get any closer the rest of the way.

Kock (1-3) went the distance, allowing five runs on eight hits while walking six NCU hitters. Tom Keller and Lindemann each recorded two hits for MLC.

NCU 5, MLC 3 (10 innings)

The Knights were unable to hold onto a ninth-inning lead as the Rams came from behind to win Game 2 5-3 in 10 innings.

The two teams were tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth when the Knights took a 3-1 lead thanks to an RBI single by Kock, followed by Tyler Roecker scoring on a wild pitch to push the lead to two.

Starting pitcher Noah Panzer was lights out for eight innings, holding the Rams to only one run, but the Rams scored twice in the ninth to send the game to extra innings, and then added two more in the 10th inning to secure the win. Panzer pitched all 10 innings for the Knights, allowing five runs on 13 hits.

The first MLC run came on a Lindemann home run in the first inning. That home run was the eighth of Lindemann’s career, setting a new school record.

MLC fell to 4-16 on the season and 0-8 in UMAC play following the two defeats. NCU improved to 3-16 overall and 2-6 in league play with the sweep.

The Knights will return to action on Saturday, April 22, when they travel to St. Scholastica for a doubleheader .

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