Leesburg, FL -- The Beloit College Baseball team had a frustrating week in Florida but they ended it on a positive note with a sweep of Becker College on Saturday, winning 9-1 and 12-11.
In the opener the Bucs got on the board in the bottom of the second when Andrew Edwards singled in Will Mack, who had tripled. Becker tied it up at 1-all in the top of the fourth before Beloit took charge of the game with a four-run bottom of the inning. Adrian Peil drove in the lead run with a single and Sean Little followed with a two-run double. Ethan Blumenthal completed the big inning with an RBI groundout.
The Bucs continued their onslaught in the next inning with four more runs. Danny Corral drove in pinch-runner Joey Casa with a single. After Mack scored on a wild pitch Little was hit by a pitch to push across another run. Grant Henricksen completed the scoring with a run-scoring single.
Mack had three hits in the game while Edwards, Corral and Peil all had two. Ryan Kaveney got his first career win with a complete game, tossing a four-hitter.
In the nightcap, the Buccaneers struck first with three runs in the top of the second. Henricksen singled in two runs and Alex Lawrence knocked in the third with a single. But Becker bounced back with a five-run bottom of the inning, combining four hits with two walks. Beloit cut the deficit to 5-4 with an unearned run in the third when Edwards scored on an error but the Hawks pushed their lead back to two with a score in the bottom of the third. They then made it 7-4 with another run in the fourth.
Beloit got their comeback in gear in the fifth with four runs to take an 8-7 lead. Two of the runs were unearned as Edwards and Jerrick Habecker each drove in a run. They tacked on another run in the sixth to make it 9-7 when Matt Meade walked with the bases loaded. But Becker pulled back to within one in the bottom of the sixth with a run, making it 9-8 heading to the seventh.
The Buccaneers scored three times in the seventh to move up 12-8. Mack drove in a run with a single, Tyler Peacock was hit by a pitch to drive in the second run and pinch-runner Peil scored on an error to give Beloit some breathing room. But the Hawks weren't done, scoring three times in the bottom of seven, two of them unearned, and having the tying run on third base with two outs before reliever Dalton Deckert shut the door on a grounder to short.
Mack again had three hits, going 6-6 on the day, while Lawrence also had three and Habecker two. Joe Loftus got his first career win, throwing four-plus innings. Deckert got the save.
The Bucs are now off until Saturday, March 23, when they play two games at Wisconsin Lutheran College. They then open their home season the next day, Sunday, March 24, with a doubleheader against Milwaukee School of Engineering.