UMAC, Crown Invitational, Men’s Golf, Women’s Golf

Joe Stark

The College of St. Scholastica’s softball team took on the Martin Luther College Knights in a conference matchup at Kenwood Field on Saturday. The Saints looked to remain perfect in conference while facing a Knights team that has had an up and down season.

The Saints sent their ace to the mound in game one and Chrisi Mizera did not disappoint. Although she only pitched three innings, she struck out six batters and gave up one hit while not walking anyone and didn’t give up a run. After three innings she would hand the ball over to Heidi Shelton who also pitched very well in her two innings as she walked one, struck out one, and only gave up a single hit as the two combined for a two-hit shutout. Offensively, CSS scored one in the bottom of the first on a Toni Bishop single that scored Alexa Bremer. Then Scholastica broke the game wide open in the third inning, putting up a total of eight runs. Bishop and Maggie Schley used back-to-back hits with one out to be put in prime position for Mizera. She then helped her own cause by hitting a three-run home run. Jenna O’Byrne followed with a single and Dakota Underwood doubled. Cindi Rydlund would reach on a fielder’s choice and then Bremer came through with a single to score O’Byrne. After an Olivia Bretting sacrifice fly, Hannah Borgeson returned to the plate for the second time in the inning and hit a long home run to deep left center, plating three runs to cap off the inning. Bremer highlighted the offense going three for three, scoring two runs, and also driving one in.

Vanessa Kohl has strung together a couple of terrific starts and Saturday would be no different. Kohl pitched a complete-game one hitter while only walking one batter and striking out five in five innings pitched. With the win she improved to six and two on the year. The Saints were on the board early, scoring two runs in the first inning largely due to the quickness of Bremer. She singled to start off the inning, stole second, and then stole third to put her in scoring position for Borgeson who doubled to left field. After a Schley single, Mizera singled to left which allowed Borgeson to score from third to take a 2-0 lead. Rydlund lead off the second inning with a double and then Bremer stayed scolding hot from the plate as she singled to score Rydlund. Bremer would then steal second for her third stolen base of the day but would be stranded with the score remaining 3-0. The third inning was a big inning for Scholastica again as this time around they scored four. The inning was highlighted by two triples, one by O’Byrne and one by Rydlund. Bremer singled again driving in another run during the course of the inning as well. The Saints were held scoreless in the bottom of the fourth, meaning they had to score in the bottom of the fifth to enforce the eight-run mercy rule. The inning started out strong with a double by Marjaana Dailey. It was then a two-out single by Rydlund that scored the game-winning run and the Saints won 8-0.

The Saints are back in action this weekend as they travel to Northwestern for a doubleheader on Saturday, and then to Eau Claire on Sunday for a doubleheader against the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire at 1 p.m.