Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Baseball team finally got to play on their home field but it wasn't a happy homecoming as they fell twice to the University of Chicago, 8-5 and 9-7 in 12 innings.
In the opener, the Maroons put three runs on the board in the top of the first and added a fourth run in the second. The Bucs started battling back in the bottom of two when Sean Little drove in Will Mack to make it 4-1. They cut the deficit to two in the third on Jerrick Habecker's first career home run, a solo shot. After Chicago added a run in the fourth to make it 5-2 Beloit evened it up in the bottom of the inning with three tallies. Matt Meade singled in a run to make it 5-3 before Ethan Blumenthal followed with an RBI double and Habacker doubled him in to knot it up at 5.
UC took the lead for good in the fifth with an unearned run and then added two runs in the seventh to close out the scoring.
Besides Habecker, Grant Henricksen and Jake Parrott also had two hits each.
In the nightcap the Buccaneers broke thru with two runs in the third on Mack's two-run double and added three more in the fourth on a two-run double by Tyler Peacock and a Henricksen run-scoring single. Chicago started their comeback in the sixth with a single run before putting up five in the seventh to grab a 6-5 lead.
The Bucs came right back in the bottom of six with a pair of runs to re-take the lead at 7-6 on an RBI single by Mack and a run-scoring double by Parrott. But the Maroons evened it at 7-all in the eighth and got out of a jam in the bottom of the inning to force extra frames.
Beloit had the bases-loaded in the tenth but a double play ended the threat. UC finally broke the deadlock in the 11th with two unearned runs and held the Bucs down in the bottom of the inning for the win.
Henricksen, Mack and Parrott each had two hits in the game.
The Buccaneers look to change things with a busy week ahead, starting Tuesday night when they host Rockford College at Pohlman Field in a 6:00 p.m. game.