Appleton, WI -- The Beloit College Baseball team picked themselves up quickly after a 4-1 opening game loss at Lawrence University Tuesday with a big eighth inning on the way to a 16-3 win in the nightcap for a split of their doubleheader. The win also gave them a 3-1 win in the Midwest Conference-opening series.
The Buccaneers scored first in game two when Austin Martinez singled in Ethan Blumenthal in the first. Lawrence tied the game at one with an unearned run in the third and then grabbed the lead with two runs, one unearned, in the fourth. Beloit tied it with a pair of tallies in the sixth, one coming in on Kam Sallee's single and the other scoring unearned, and then taking the lead for good in the seventh with three runs. Alex Lawrence doubled in a run, Tyler Peacock hit a sacrifice fly and the third run scored unearned. But the big inning was still coming.
The Bucs blew it open in the eighth with ten runs on just five hits, making it 16-3. Jake Parrott walked with the bases-loaded to begin the scoring. Peacock had an RBI single, Sean Little a two-run single, Matt Meade a run-scoring single, Adrian Peil another bases-loaded walk, Blumenthal a two-run double and Lawrence a sacrifice fly. Blumenthal finally ended the eruption when he scored on a wild pitch.
The Vikings opened the bottom of the eighth with back-to-back singles before the Bucs ended the game early in amazing fashion - turning a line drive to Peil into a 4-6-3 triple play, with Meade being the middle man for the second out and Lawrence getting the final out at first.
Lawrence and Martinez each had three hits in the game while Blumenthal had two. Jerrick Habecker got the win with 2.1 innings of two-hit pitching in relief of Patrick McKnight, who went the first 5.2 innings, giving up six hits while striking out nine.
Back in game one, Peil scored an unearned run in the fourth as Beloit took the lead but LU hit a pair of two-run home runs in the bottom of the inning for the game's only scoring.
Each team finished with six hits. Joe Loftus pitched four innings of one-hit ball in relief of Craig Vruwink, who gave up five hits in the first four innings.
The Buccaneers step away from MWC play this weekend, playing two at the University of Chicago on Saturday before hosting Cornell College at The Ballpark on Sunday. Both days begin at 1:00 p.m.