Tough first innings in both games Wednesday night provided setbacks for the Minnesota, Crookston baseball team in both games of a doubleheader against Mayville State. The Golden Eagles gave up three runs in first inning of game one of the late night doubleheader at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome and were unable to comeback as they fell 5-1. In game two, UMC gave up eight runs in the first inning and would only give up one run the rest of the way as they out-scored the Comets 3-1 the rest of the game but ultimately fell 9-3.
Wednesday's games began at 9:45 p.m. and concluded shortly before 1:40 Thursday morning. The Golden Eagles fall to 0-8 on the season while Mayville State improves to 4-0.
Matt Korte (Jr, St. Cloud, Minn.) got the start on the mound for game one for UMC. Korte would struggle with control in the first inning giving up three runs on one hit giving up one walk and hitting two batters. Korte would recover to give up two runs on four hits in five innings pitched.
UMC would finish the game with six hits. They were led by Josh Brehmer (Jr., Roseville, Minn.), who was 2-for-4 and Prill, who went 2-for-3 with one run scored. Mayville State was paced by Lundin, who went 1-for-4 with four RBI. Mallonee was 2-for-3 for the game with one run scored.
Korte would suffer the loss in the game moving to 0-2 on the season while Sokolofsky would pick up the win for Mayville State.
Jon Mittag (Jr., Glenville Minn.) would get the start in game two for the Golden Eagles. Mittag's story would be similar to Korte as he struggled in the first inning. Mittag would give up eight runs on six hits with two errors in two-thirds of an inning.
Mittag would suffer the loss for the Golden Eagles falling to 0-2 on the season. Scott Petry would get the win for Mayville State after going two innings, giving up no hits and no runs.
UMC had hits from Crandall, Korte, Espinoza, Haggstrom and Tony Madsen (Jr., Mounds View, Minn.) on the game. Mayville State was paced by McCallum, who was 4-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI.
The Golden Eagles will now be off until March 15 when they will play their first game of their Spring Break road trek in Florida. UMC will play games against Upper Iowa, Mansfield and Florida Christian in Clearwater, Fla., and Orlando, Fla., over the break.