Ripon, WI -- The Beloit College Baseball team finished off their 2014 season at Ripon College on Sunday with a pair of losses, 10-2 in game one and 5-3 in game two, as the MWC North Division Champions took the Midwest Conference series 4-0.
The Red Hawks won the first two games of the series 5-4 in 11 innings and 17-7 in Beloit on Saturday.
Seniors Ethan Blumenthal, Sean Little, Patrick McKnight and Craig Vruwink all played their final games for the Bucs during the weekend.
In game one Sunday, the Buccaneers jumped on top in the first when Austin Martinez drove in Blumenthal. Ripon evened it up with a run in the second and then put seven tallies on the scoreboard in the third inning to jump out to an 8-1 lead. Beloit got one back in the sixth when pinch-hitter Jerrick Habecker, who had singled, scored on an error. Again RC matched that run in the bottom of the inning and added one more in the seventh to close out the scoring.
Blumenthal had a pair of hits to lead the seven-hit attack.
In game two the Bucs also scored in the first, with Martinez driving in Blumenthal. But, again, Ripon matched that run in the bottom of the inning and then tacked on another run in the third and two more in the fifth to lead 4-1. Beloit pulled back within a run with two scores in the seventh. Mike Gulve drove in Jake Parrott to make it 4-2 and Blumenthal scored Gulve to make it 4-3. But that was as close as the Buccaneers would get. RC added a run in the bottom of the seventh to close the scoring.
Blumenthal again had a pair of hits to lead the offense.
Back on Saturday in game one, Ripon scored two unearned runs in the first but Beloit bounced back with two in the bottom of the inning on an RBI fielder's choice by Martinez and a run-scoring groundout by Zach Jenkins. It stayed 2-2 into extra innings when the Red Hawks scored twice in the 10th with back-to-back home runs. But the Buccaneers answered with two unearned runs in the bottom of the inning. Adrian Peil scored on an error to make it 4-3 before Kam Sallee singled in pinch-runner Danny Quijas to continue the game. RC got the game-winner in the 11th with two out and the Bucs went quietly in the bottom of the inning.
Peil had three hits in the game. Ryan Kaveney went the first nine innings and scattered seven hits with no earned runs. He struck out 12 and walked three. The 12 strikeouts, his third double-figure game of the season, gave him 72 strikeouts on the season, just one short of equaling the Beloit single-season mark.
In game two RC scored four runs in the first and another in the second to jump out to a 5-0 lead. Beloit got on the board in the third with Matt Woodstock's RBI groundout and added another run in the fourth when Sallee singled in Martinez. They then took a 7-5 lead with five runs in the fifth. Matt Meade had a two-run single while Peil and Sallee also had RBIs. But the Red Hawks answered in a big way, scoring 12 runs in the sixth and then shutting down the Buccaneers for the seven-inning win.
Peil had three more hits for six on the day while Alex Lawrence, Sallee and Meade each had two.