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Nine-Run Eighth in Nightcap Propels Bucs to Split

April 2, 2010 at 8:45 am

Bloomington, IL -- The Beloit College Baseball team put together a nine-run eighth inning in game two of a doubleheader with Washington University of St. Louis on the way to a 14-6 win and a split. Wash U. held on to win game one 8-7.

The games were played at Illinois Wesleyan University, halfway between the two Central Region schools.

The big blow of the deciding inning in the nightcap was a three-run home run by Andrew Heer, his second home of the day which pushed his RBI total for the two games to seven.

Ryan Schmitz had a two-run single and Drew Oswald, Mike Kovach and Mike Ross each had run-scoring singles in the inning.

The Buccaneers got off to a 4-0 lead after two innings. Ross and Heer both doubled home runs in the first followed by a Hunter Nelson solo home run and an RBI double by Scott Slubowski in the second.

The Bears got two runs back in the third before Beloit made it 5-2 in the fourth on Mike Kovach's home run to left.

Washington tied the game up at 5-all with three runs in the fifth to set up the Bucs' big eighth inning.

Dalton Deckert got his first collegiate win with three and 2/3 innings of one-hit relief, striking out three. Ross finished with four hits while Heer, Slubowski and Kovach each had three.

In the opener the Bears scored four times in the first and twice more in the second to jump to a 6-0 lead.

Beloit got one run back in the third when Jon Siil scored on a wild pitch after doubling before Heer hit a two-run to left-center in the fourth.

Washington got two unearned runs in the fourth to make it 8-3 but the Bucs scored three times in the top of the fifth on run-scoring singles by Schmitz, Jordan Jaenicke and Heer to pull within 8-6.

The Buccaneers pulled within one run in the sixth on a Ross RBI single but that was as close as they'd get, going down in order in the top of the seventh of the seven-inning opener.

Schmitz had four hits in the game.

The Bucs are now off until they open defense of their Midwest Conference Championship on Thursday when they host Ripon College in a doubleheader at The Ballpark at Strong Stadium. Action begins at 1:00 p.m.