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Seventh-Inning Comeback Propels Bucs to Season-Opening Split

March 9, 2014 at 9:56 pm

Buccaneer BaseballLeesburg, FL -- The Beloit College Baseball team saved it all for the final two innings of a doubleheader with Becker College on opening day Sunday.  The Bucs scored a 4-2 come-from-behind win in the nightcap after dropping the opener 2-0.

Austin Martinez plated the first run of the season in the top of the sixth with a bases-loaded walk to score Adrian Peil and cut Becker's lead to 2-1 in game two.  Jim Leyhane then got out of a bases-loaded, no out jam in the bottom of the inning with a double play and a caught stealing, setting the stage for the big seventh.

Kam Sallee led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on Danny Corral's sac bunt.  Pinch-hitter Zach Jenkins singled pinch-runner Mike Gulve to third and he scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at two.  Peil then tripled in pinch-runner Joey Casa with the lead run and Ethan Blumenthal singled in Peil for a two-run cushion.

Andrew Kane closed the win with a 1-2-3 ninth inning to save Leyhane's victory.  Leyhane gave up nine hits while striking out one and walking none in his six innings of work.  Peil and Blumenthal both finished with three hits while Alex Lawrence had a pair.

In the opener, Becker got both of its runs in the fourth on two doubles and a triple.  The Buccaneers had five hits but stranded six, four in scoring position.  Ryan Kaveney was the tough-luck loser, striking out six and walking three while giving up six hits in six innings.  Kane struck out the side in relief in the seventh.

Beloit plays a doubleheader with Cairn University of Pennsylvania on Monday in Winter Haven.  First pitch is at 1:30 p.m.