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Bucs Split with Carroll Sunday, Take MWC Series 3-1

April 18, 2010 at 9:03 am
Hunter Nelson

Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Baseball team settled for a split with Carroll University at The Ballpark at Strong Stadium on Sunday afternoon - taking game one 10-7 before dropping the nightcap 18-10 - and took the Midwest Conference series with the Pioneers three games to one.

In the opener, CU scored an unearned run in the first before the Bucs took charge with three in both the second and third innings.

Jon Siil's two-run single was the big blow in the second while Dan Edwards drove in two with a base hit to highlight the third.

Carroll got two runs back in the top of the fifth to close the gap but Beloit matched those runs with two of their own in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double by Jordan Jaenicke and a run-scoring single from Drew Oswald.

The Buccaneers tacked on two more in the seventh with Edwards knocking a run-scoring double and Mike Kovach singling in a run.

But the Pioneers refused to go away, scoring four in the top of the ninth before Aaron Bushur shut down the rally.

In game two CU again jumped on top with a first-inning run but the Bucs put up five in the bottom of the inning to take the lead.

Ryan Schmitz drove in the first run on a groundball error to short and then Jaenicke knocked in two with a double. Hunter Nelson singled in a run and Matt Bartz finished the uprising with a sacrifice fly to right.

Nelson's RBI was the 88th of his career, moving him past Scott Hallahan (1996-99) and into the top spot on the Beloit career list.

The Pioneers answered with three runs in the second inning and then took the lead for good with an eight-run third inning to move ahead 12-5.

Beloit cut into the lead with two in the fourth on Jaenicke's fielder's choice and a sac fly by Nelson but the Pioneers tacked on four more in the fifth to make it 16-7.

Mike Ross knocked in a run with a groundout in the fifth but Carroll answered with a run in the sixth. The Buccaneers finished their scoring in the bottom of the sixth on a bases-loaded walk to Kovach and Schmitz's RBI groundout.

Carroll added a final run with a solo home run leading off the eighth.

The Buccaneers step away from MWC play on Wednesday when they take on stateline for Rockford College at Road Ranger Stadium in Loves Park, Illinois. First pitch is at 6:00 p.m.