NEW ULM - Maggie Schultz was able to put the ball in play and get the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Martin Luther College softball team defeated Milwaukee School of Engineering 7-6 in extra innings on Thursday in Game 1 of a doubleheader.
The Knights drew first blood in the third inning when Amanda Fogle scored on a sacrifice fly by Andrea Biedenbender, but MSOE came back with a big fourth inning to take a 6-1 lead.
MLC chipped away at the lead in the fifth and sixth innings on an RBI triple by Fogle in the fifth and an RBI double by MacCartney Mendolla in the sixth, but still trailed by a score of 6-3 when it came up to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Martin Luther College’s Andrea Biedenbender puts a tag down on Mikala Wendt (13) of the Milwaukee School of Engineering during the first game of a doubleheader Thursday at MLC in New Ulm. Wendt was safe on the play.
Fogle, Maddy Scott and Biedenbender all found their way on base in the seventh. They were able to advance around the basepaths because of a number of wild pitches by MSOE's pitcher, and each one of them scored on a wild pitch to send the game into extra innings.
"Coach just told us to go after the ball and be aggressive on the basepaths, and that's what we did," Schultz said.
The eighth inning is where things got crazy.
Both teams had agreed before play started if the game went into extra innings each team would begin the inning with a runner on second base. This was done to save time since these were non-conference games.
With a runner on second, MSOE's leadoff hitter hit a short pop fly to the infield. First baseman Morgan Kumbier was able to make a diving catch and double up the runner on second to take her off the basepaths and get the Knights out of danger, and third baseman Amber Krause recorded the third out on a routine fly ball to the infield.
Karlie Kohlmeier started out on second base to start the eighth inning for the Knights, and Schultz came up to the plate with one out and Kohlmeier on third after advancing on a wild pitch.
"I was pretty nervous, but I knew I just had to go up there and put the ball in play to win the game," Schultz said.
Schultz hit a sharp ground ball to the third baseman, who was not able to make the throw to home before Kohlmeier scored the winning run.
Fogle led the Knights at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI.
Kathryn Marquardt picked up the win on the mound. Marquardt allowed 11 hits and four earned runs over eight innings, while she struck out two batters.
The Knights completed the sweep in the second game, defeating MSOE 14-6 in five innings.
Krause led the Knights offensively in the second game going 3-for-3 at the plate with five RBIs. Mendolla and Schultz were each 1-for-2 with two RBIs in Game 2.
Laura Miller picked up the win in the second game pitching in relief of Emily Waldek. Miller gave up five hits and four earned runs, while striking out two batters in 1 2/3 innings of work.
MLC (6-6) has a doubleheader at home against the University of Minnesota-Morris on Saturday.