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Bucs Get Back on Track with Sweep of Knox

March 29, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Baseball team waited ten days but finally got a chance to shake their slump, sweeping Knox College 5-1 and 13-8 at The Ballpark at Strong Stadium on Tuesday.

In the game one seven-inning win, Alex Norman went the distance for his third win of the season while Mike Ross went 3-3 with a pair of RBIs to lead the way.

The Buccaneers jumped on top in the bottom of the opening inning when Ross hit a two-run, two-out single.  The Prairie Fire got their lone run in the top of the second but Beloit matched it in the bottom of the inning on Jake Majeski's run-scoring double.

The teams traded zeros for the next few innings before the Bucs put some insurance on the board in the bottom of the sixth with a Sean Little RBI single and Jon Siil's two-out, run-scoring single.

Norman gave up two hits while striking out five and walking two.

Game two got exciting early.  After a 1-2-3 first for both squads, the Buccaneers plated three unearned in the second, the big hit coming from Mike Kovach with a two-run double.  But Knox scored three of their own in the top of the third to tie it back up.

Beloit got the lead for good in the bottom of the third, with Ross hitting a sacrifice fly and Little a two-run double.  KC got one of those runs back in the top of the fourth before the Bucs matched it in the bottom of the inning on a Dan Edwards single.

Knox scored another run to close to within 7-5 in the fifth before the Buccaneers seemingly broke it open with three more scores in the bottom of five.  Kovach drove in the first run and Majeski the last two to put Beloit up 10-5 thru five.

But the Prairie Fire wasn't done.  They got one in the sixth and two in the seventh to make it 10-8.  Beloit finally got a cushion with three more runs in the eighth, with Ross, Rick Chernik and Little getting the RBIs.

Starter Dalton Deckert was credited with the win.  Kovach shut down the Prairie Fire in order in the eighth and ninth for the save.

Jake Tresemer had three hits while Kovach, Majeski and Ross each had two in game two.

The Buccaneers have one day off before hitting the road, playing at 24th-ranked and defending National Champion Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, on Thursday.  The first game begins at 2:00 p.m.