Winter Haven, FL -- The Beloit College Baseball team absorbed a heart-breaking loss on Monday in their second day of the Spring trip, falling to Bethany Lutheran College of Minnesota 4-3 on a rare walk-off balk in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Vikings got the leadoff man on with a single to open the bottom of the ninth. The second batter reached on an error and then both were advanced to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. The Bucs intentionally walked the next batter to load the bases. Before the following batter saw his first pitch a balk was called by the home plate umpire, forcing in the game-winning run.
The Buccaneers were in a much better frame of mind before the tough ending.
Bethany Lutheran put two runs on the board in the first to jump on top and added a third run in the third inning.
Beloit then got back even with a three-run seventh. With two out, Rick Chernik singled and advanced to second on Jordan Jaenicke single. Jake Tresemer then got the third straight hit to drive in Danny Hodorowski, who was pinch-running for Chernik, and make it 3-1. After Joe McGannon walked to load the bases, Mike Ross stroked a two-run single to score Jaenicke and Tresemer to tie it up.
Tresemer doubled for his third hit of the day to lead off the top of the ninth, the second straight game with three hits, and advanced to third with a stolen base. With one out following an intentional walk, the Bucs attempted a squeeze play but the bunt was popped up and Tresemer was doubled off third to end the inning and set up the bottom of the ninth heartbreak.
Aaron Bushur took the tough loss in relief of Andrew Edwards, who went six. Besides Tresemer, Mike Kovach, Ross, and Drew Oswald each had two hits.
The Buccaneers look to shake it off and even their record on Tuesday when they take on Gwynedd Mercy College of Pennsylvania in Winter Haven.