NEW ULM - The Martin Luther College softball team has been playing well lately, winning nine out of its last 12 games, and that good play continued on Saturday.
The Knights were able to split a pair of games during the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference crossover challenge Saturday,winning the first one over Northland College (6-4).
Then the Knights ran into St. Scholastica's Tracy Roach who pitched a perfect game from the circle and the Knights fell 6-0.
In the first game against Northland, the Knights used a strong third inning paced by Knights junior outfielder Madeline Scott's two-run double in the inning. Scott ripped one to right center field scoring Emily Waldek and Amanda Fogle all the way from first putting the Knights up 4-0 at the end of the third.
The Knights then added two more runs off of Sophomore Andrea Biedenbender's triple in the fifth to put the Knights up 6-1.
"We have a very resilient team," Knights Coach Barb Leopold said. "We really do not have one or two girls that carry our team because we are so balanced and that is really nice as a coach."
The Knights were led by Biedenbender, who had two extra base hits to go along with her three RBI on the day. Senior pitcher Laura Miller got the win from the circle as she went seven innings and allowed four runs on 12 hits.
Unfortunately, the Knights could not get the bats going in the second game as St. Scholastica's freshmen pitcher completed a perfect game by going all seven innings and striking out five batters along the way.
"We got to see the Saints for the first time today," Coach Leopold said. "We have a good chance at making it to the tournament and we need to take every game one at a time for the rest of the season."
St. Scholastica busted the game open in the fourth when the Saints started the inning off with five straight hits and ended up scoring three runs in the inning. A key to the inning was some sloppy fielding for the Knights as two out of the three runs were unearned.
With the split, the Knights will go to 17-11 on the season and fall to 11-7 in the UMAC. They quickly turn around and play St. Scholastica in a doubleheader at 11 a.m. today.