Fast start lifts New Ulm
NEW ULM — After scoring eight runs in the first two innings, it looked like New Ulm was on pace for another quick five-inning game after a 13-0 game last Friday against the Marshall.
The Eagles scored five runs in the first inning and three more in the second and came away with an 8-4 win over their Big South Conference rivals on Monday at New Ulm High School.
The Eagles (13-1) continued their strong play, winning their 12 game in a row in the process. Their last loss was on April 16 at St. Peter, which was the second game of the year for the Eagles.
Morgan Deslauriers earned the win for New Ulm. She went seven innings and allowed nine hits and four runs. She struck out five and walked two.
The eight early runs continued an impressive streak of innings in which the Eagles have scored. Coming into Monday’s game, they scored in every inning for four straight games and the streak was extended by two innings on Monday against the Tigers (3-14).
“It was nice to come in and score right away, we have scored every inning for the last four games before today,” Eagles coach Kristi Andersen-Loose said. “We got shutout the last three innings, which isn’t normal for us, but we started the game off hot and it was nice to come in and give Morgan the run support that she needs.”
After Joey Batt led off the game with an inside-the-park home run for the Eagles in the first inning, Carli Botten tripled and came home on Noelle Forstner’s single. Deslauriers added an RBI groundout, Nora Windschill had an RBI double and Ellie Bute followed Windschill with another RBI double to make it 5-0 after the first inning.
The Eagles added to that total in the second inning when Botten tripled again and scored on another Forstner hit. Abbey Lee later doubled to score two runs for the 8-0 advantage.
Deslauriers, meanwhile, allowed a few base runners but escaped damage in every inning but the seventh. There, she allowed four runs but closed the game out for the complete-game effort.
Botten finished the game 4 for 4 with two runs scored and Forstner was 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Madeline Gag was 3 for 4 with a triple and a run scored and Abbey Lee was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored.
New Ulm hosts Fairmont on Tuesday for another Big South Conference game.