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Buccaneers Get Split in Home Opener

March 23, 2010 at 8:39 am

Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Baseball team finally got back on the playing field, over two weeks after their last game, and split a home-opening doubleheader with Wisconsin Lutheran College, falling 8-7 in the opener before taking the nightcap 11-1.

In the second-game win, Beloit scored once in the first on Hunter Nelson's fielder's choice RBI and got two more in the second on a solo home run by Rick Chernik to lead off the inning and a two-out RBI single by Scott Slubowski.

The Bucs tacked on four in the fourth, the big blow coming on Jordan Jaenicke's two-run double. Ryan Schmitz also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to center.

Two more runs in both the fifth and sixth innings put the game away. Slubowski had a sac fly to center and Schmitz an RBI single in the fifth while Chernik drove in a run with a double and Jon Siil hit a sacrifice fly to left in the sixth. WLC got a run in the top of the seventh but it wasn't enough to extend the game.

Mike Kovach, besides getting a pair of hits, got the win on the mound, scattering six hits over six innings while striking out three. Schmitz finished up in the seventh.

Jaenicke and Chernik both finished the game with three hits while Kovach and Schmitz had two apiece.

In the game one loss, the Warriors struck for twqo in the first and another in the third to grab a 3-0 lead. The Buccaneers got one back in the fourth on a Matt Bartz RBI single but WLC answered with a run in the fifth to restore their three-run lead.

Mike Ross tied things up in the bottom of the fifth, launching a two-out, three-run home run to left center. But Wisconsin Lutheran retook the lead with two runs in the sixth to make it 6-4.

Beloit got one run back in the seventh on Ross' sacrifice fly to left but, again, the Warriors pushed their lead back up to three with two in the eighth.

The Bucs pushed two across in the ninth - on an RBI single by Ross and an error - but left the tying run stranded at second.

Alex Norman took the loss on the mound, striking out four in five innings. Jaenick, who finished the day 6-9, had three hits in the game. Kovach and Ross each had two.

The Bucs are back on the field on Saturday when they host Milwaukee School of Engineering in a doubleheader that was snowed out last Saturday. First pitch is at 12:00 noon.