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Buccaneer Bats Awaken in Sweep of MSOE

March 27, 2010 at 8:42 am

Beloit, WI -- For Head Coach Dave DeGeorge the sound was deafening. Now it sounds much better.

The Beloit College Baseball team got their bats going on Saturday afternoon at The Ballpark at Strong Stadium, sweeping a doubleheader from Milwaukee School of Engineering 9-4 and 15-1.

In game one, after another slow start and a 2-0 deficit right out of the box, Rick Chernik tied it up with a two-run home run in the fourth and then Hunter Nelson gave Beloit the lead for good with a three-run shot to put the Bucs up 5-2.

MSOE cut into the lead with a run in the sixth but the Buccaneers answered with a run in the bottom of the inning on Chernik's RBI single.

Beloit added three runs in the eighth, with RBIs going to Chernik and Drew Oswald, before the Raiders scored once in the ninth to close out the scoring.

Chernik, Nelson and Jordan Jaenicke each had two hits in the ten-hit attack. Jordan DeGeorge settled in after a tough first inning, going seven with ten strikeouts and just two walks for his third win of the season.

In game two, the Bucs gave up a first-inning run for the fourth time in five games but overcame it quickly with a four-run first, a three-run second and two more in the third to take control.

Mike Ross had the big hit in the first with a two-run double while Ryan Schmitz, Nelson and Jaenicke picked up RBIs in the second. Schmitz added a two-run single in the third.

The Buccaneers put the game away with five in the fifth. Scott Slubowski and Nelson had run-scoring singles in the frame while Jaenicke hit a two-run double.

Jake Majeski closed out the scoring with an RBI single in the sixth.

Darren Pilcher got the win in as four pitchers got work for the Bucs. Pilcher started and went three innings, giving up two hits while striking out two and walking one. Alex Norman followed with two innings of scoreless pitching floowed by one-inning hitless stints from Dalton Deckert and Grant Henricksen.

Schmitz finished the game 3-3 while Mike Kovach, Slubowski, Nelson and Ross all had two hits.

The Buccaneers are on the road next week for a pair of non-conference doubleheaders, playing at Knox College on Wednesday before taking on Washington University on Friday at the Illinois Wesleyan field in Bloomington.