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Bucs Slide Hits Three Straight; Schmitz Sets Career Hits Mark

March 4, 2010 at 8:32 am

Vero Beach, FL -- The Beloit College Baseball team continued an early-season slump as they dropped their third straight game, falling 10-3 to St. John Fisher College on Thursday afternoon at historic Dodgertown.

A bright spot for the Buccaneers was Ryan Schmitz's second hit of the game, which set a Beloit career record for hits. He now has 137, which passes the old mark of 136 set by Dwight Jackson from 2002-05.

Beloit jumped out quickly in the game, scoring three times in the bottom of the first.

Scott Slubowski and Schmitz singled back-to-back before Hunter Nelson's double drove in Slubowski. Schmitz scored on a wild pitch, which also advanced Nelson to third, and then Mike Ross hit a sacrifice fly to score Nelson for the third run of the inning.

But that would be all the Bucs would get.

Starting pitcher Chris Welborn kept the Cardinals at bay until they tied the game in the sixth with three runs. SJF then took the lead with a run in the seventh off reliever Dan Edwards, who took the loss. They added three more in the eighth and three more in the ninth to finish the scoring.

Schmitz and Nelson both had two hits. Welborn gave up five hits while striking out four and walking one in his six innings of work.

The Buccaneers will try to right the ship on Friday when they take on Gwynedd Mercy College in a doubleheader at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven. First pitch is at 12:30 p.m. EST.