Ripon, WI -- The Beloit College Baseball team had a long Monday at Ripon College on Monday and the day ended with the teams splitting their Midwest Conference series.
Ripon won the completion of game two, suspended on Sunday in Beloit because of rain, 18-6 before the Bucs took game three 7-3. Ripon got the split with a 7-4 win in the finale.
In the completion of the suspended game, the game restarted in the bottom of the sixth inning with Ripon leading 5-4. Beloit, the home team, scored twice in the sixth to reclaim the lead. Jerrick Habecker led off the inning with a double and, with two outs, Jordan Jaenicke knocked him in with a two-run home run to left. But that was the last lead the Bucs would enjoy.
The Red Hawks scored three runs in the seventh to retake the lead. They then added six unearned runs in the eighth and four more runs, two of them unearned, in the ninth to ease in for the win.
Earlier in the game, back in the fourth inning on Sunday, the Buccaneers had scored four runs in the fourth, two of them unearned, to erase a 3-0 Ripon lead. Habecker drove in the first run of the inning with a single before Al Loth followed with another run-scoring single. Jaenicke then drove in both runners with a two-run base hit to left. But RC scored twice in the top of the sixth to take their 5-4 lead before the rains came.
In game on of the regular doubleheader, Jake Tresemer put Beloit on top in first with an RBI double before Will Mack knocked in Alex Jennings on a groundout. Ripon tied it up with two runs in the bottom of the inning before the Bucs took the lead for good in the third when Evan Mascitti scored the lead run on a double-play.
The Buccaneers tacked on another run in the fifth when Jennings doubled in Jaenicke and then made it 7-2 in the sixth when Jake Parrott triple in Habecker and then scored on a balk. Jaenicke finished up the three-run inning with a solo home run.
Ripon closed out the scoring with a run in the bottom of the sixth.
Andrew Edwards earned the win with 7.1 innings of five-hit pitching. Al Loth finished the last 1.2 innings for his sixth save of the season, the second-most in a single season, allowing just one hit.
Jaenicke and Jennings led the 16-hit attack with three hits each while Tresemer, Mack and Habecker all had two hits.
In the nightcap, Ripon jumped out with a four-run second inning. Jaenicke cut the lead in half with a two-run home run in the third but the Red Hawks pushed their lead back to four with two runs in the bottom of the third.
Jaenicke again brought the Buccaneers back within two with a two-run double in the fourth, scoring Habecker and Alex Lawrence. But thyat was as close as they'd get. RC added an unearned run in the seventh to close out the scoring.
The Bucs had two on with none out in the ninth but a flyout and two strikeouts closed it out.
Jaenicke and Tresemer both had three hits in the game.
Jaenicke finished the four-game series with 10 hits, four home runs, six runs scored, 13 RBIs and a 1.353 slugging percentage.
The Buccaneers play Rockford College at Road Ranger Stadium in Loves Park on Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. And then the waiting begins as Beloit looks to the results of this weekend's Ripon/St. Norbert series to help determine their postseason fate.