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DULUTH – The Martin Luther College softball team’s winning streak ended at eight after a pair of losses to College of St. Scholastica (CSS) by scores of 12-5 and 8-0 on Saturday.
CSS 12, MLC 5
The Saints took the lead early and never gave up, winning the opener 12-5.
CSS scored four times in the first set, then added three more in the third to take a 7-0 lead.
The MLC Bats woke up in the middle of the innings scoring twice in the fourth and three more in the fifth, but the Saints matched those totals to keep their lead on the road to victory.
Halley Engelbrecht finished with two hits and three RBIs. Samantha Schoch and Elena Hoffman each scored two points.
Brett Burger (7-6) took the loss on the rubber after allowing 12 runs (nine earned) on 16 hits in six innings.
CSS 8, MLC 0 (5 inn.)
CSS held MLC with two hits on the verge of finishing the sweep with an 8-0 win in Game 2.
Schoch and Burger hit singles in the first two innings, but those would be the only base runners the Saints would allow by taking out the last 10 MLC beaters in order.
At home plate, CSS scored once in the first inning, four times in the second, once in the fourth, then finished the game with a pair of runs in the fifth inning against MLC starting pitcher Megan Pung. Pung (2-5) allowed eight runs (five earned) on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings.
The MLC fell to 9-11 overall and 7-5 in the UMAC game after the two losses. CSS improved to 27-3 on the season and 10-0 in the league with both wins.
The Knights will return to action on Tuesday, when they travel to Bethany Lutheran College for a dual schedule scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
NEW ULM – The MLC baseball team lost both of its double-sided games to Northland College by the scores of 6-4 and 18-5 on Saturday.
Northland 6, MLC 4
The MLC rallied late, but were unable to overcome a six-point deficit in a 6-4 loss to Northland in Game 1.
The Lumberjacks led 1-0 after three innings and took control in the fourth as MLC starting pitcher Michael Fromm walked in loaded bases, then allowed all three runners to score to push Northland’s lead to 4-0.
Northland added a run in each of the seventh and eighth frames to increase their lead to 6-0, but the Knights started coming back with a run late in the eighth inning on a Tony Sahatjian single.
In the ninth inning, MLC loaded the goals with two strikeouts before Joey Behm and Jonas Lindemann erased them with straight singles to reduce the deficit to 6-4. The Knights put the winning point first later in the inning, but Northland was able to escape the traffic jam without further damage to secure the victory.
Fromm (0-4) went the distance for the MLC, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits while walking eight.
Behm led the Knights with three hits. Mason Cox added two hits and scored two runs.
Northland 18, MLC 5
Northland scored eight times in the first inning and never looked back completing the sweep with an 18-5 win in Game 2.
MLC starting pitcher Micah Larsen (0-4) struggled with command as he walked five of six batters in the first quarter before Matthew Rieger lifted him up in the inning.
Sahatjian, Cox Jackson Lindemann and Caleb Heckendorf each recorded two hits each in the game. Jackson LIndemann completed two of the team’s five innings.
The MLC fell to 0-13 on the season and 0-8 in the UMAC game after the two losses. Northland improved to 3-16 overall and 2-5 in league play with the sweep.
The Knights will return home on Wednesday, when they host North Central in a dual schedule scheduled for 1:30 p.m.