PLYMOUTH, Minn. - North Central University softball (7-15, 1-5 UMAC) fell to Martin Luther College Knights (3-9, 2-2 UMAC) on Friday afternoon in an Upper Midwest Athletic Conference doubleheader. The series was originally set for April 4, however, inclement weather forced the series back and indoors at the Plymouth Creek Fieldhouse.
Game 1: The Rams best showing against the Knights game in game one but despite outhitting MLC, North Central fell 8-6. Emma Bushey (Three Lakes, Wis./Three Lakes) pitched the entire seven innings for the Rams and recorded two strikeouts. Newcomer, Ellee Laws (Odgen, Iowa/Odgen) was 3-for-4 from the plate, two RBI, and one run to help the Rams offense. Both teams started with a scoreless first inning and the Knights bats were hot in the second inning scoring four runs. The Rams were able to steal a run back in the bottom of the second with a triple from Laws and then a single from Emily Loop (Phelan, Calif./Serrano) gave Laws the go-ahead to come home. Three quick outs from the Rams defense in the top of the third inning gave the Rams offense a chance to keep the momentum going in the bottom of the third. Danelle Pageler (Warren, Minn./Warren-Alvardo-Oslo) reached first on an error and on an Alex Rodriguez (Minneapolis, Minn./Homeschool) ground out advanced to second. Kylee Bommersbach (Sartell, Minn./Sartell) hit a deep single to center field sending Pageler to third. Amanda Roth (Appleton, Wis./Neenah) hit a ground rule double to left field sending both Pageler and Bommsbach home. Laws' next up, hit a single to center field and advanced to second base on a wild throw from the Knights center fielder giving Roth the green light to clear home plate. The game was then tied at 4-4 and it wasn't until the top of the fifth when Martin Luther scored again. North Central would get one run back in the bottom of the fifth but trailed MLC, 6-5, through five innings. The Knights duplicated their run total from the fifth inning to extend the lead to 8-5 after six. In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Rams offense went to work yet again but this time it was too late for the comeback. A Bommersbach double scored Rodriguez after she got on base from a single up the middle but the Knights defense stepped up retiring the side after five at bats.
Game 2: In game two the Rams started strong but two minor injuries saw both Ali Cornelius (Milaca, Minn./Spectrum) and Rodriguez sit out. Martin Luther got on the board first scoring two runs in the first inning and kept the momentum going through the first three innings. Loop scored for the Rams after being hit by a pitch and asvancing to second on a wild pitch from MLC's pitcher. Cornelius hit a deep single to center field and Loop came home as a result. The Rams were then held scoreless by a strong Knights defense until the bottom of the sixth when Laws singled and advanced on a throwing error. Stephanie Caravalho (Santa Clara, Calif./West Valley Community College) hit a deep ball to center field and Laws came home for the score. The top of the seventh, the Knights took advantage of the Rams depleted lineup and scored eight runs to extend the lead 13-2 for the win.