Winter Haven, FL -- It got a little dicey in the ninth but the Beloit College Baseball team held on for a 6-5 win over Gwynedd Mercy College of Pennsylvania on Tuesday afternoon to even their Spring Trip record at 2-2.
GMC scored three times in the top of the ninth to cut a 6-2 Beloit lead down to 6-5 and had the tying run in scoring position when Dalton Deckert got a groundball out to second baseman Evan Mascitti to earn his first save.
The Bucs jumped on top in the second when Drew Oswald opened the inning with a triple to right and scored on Jake Majeski's single to left. The Griffins matched that run in the top of the third before Beloit busted the game open with a four-run bottom of the third.
Jake Tresemer doubled with one out followed by walks to Mike Ross and Sean Little. Oswald got hit by a pitch to drive in the lead run and then Rick Chernik grounded out to second to drive in the second run of the inning. Emory Nelms capped it with a two-run single to score Little and Oswald, putting the Bucs up 5-1.
That lead held until Gwynedd Mercy got a run in the seventh to make it 5-2. The Buccaneers got their four-run cushion back in the eighth in what proved to be an important RBI groundout by Ross to plate Mike Kovach, who had doubled.
Dan Edwards, who came on in the fifth in relief of Grant Henricksen and got the win, gave up a walk and a single to start the ninth, bringing in Deckert. The Griffins got three runs across and had men on first and second, and running on the pitch, with two out when Deckert coaxed the routine grounder to end it.
Henricksen gave up one run on five hits with three strikeouts in his four innings of work. Edwards went four-plus innings and was charged with two runs on five hits. He struck out two.
Tresemer had his third straight three-hit game, including two doubles, while Kovach also had three hits. Oswald had two hits, including the triple.
The Buccaneers have the day off on Wednesday. They are back in action Thursday when they play Coe College in Leesburg.