Auburndale, FL -- The Beloit College Baseball team wasn't going to let an opening-day loss dim their attitude. And they showed it on Sunday when they swept a doubleheader from SUNY Polytechnic Institute, winning game one 13-0 and game two 4-2.
In the opener Austin Martinez gave Beloit an early lead when his sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first scored Mike Gulve, who led off the inning with a walk. That score held until the fourth when the Bucs broke the game open with a six-run inning, four of the runs unearned. Tyler Peacock, Matt Meade, Mike Gulve and Martinez had RBI's before Ryan Kaveney drove in two with a single in his second at bat of the inning to complete the outburst.
The Buccaneers tacked on four more in the fifth, with three more of the runs unearned. Gulve, Kam Sallee, Martinez and Peacock all had RBI's in the inning. Beloit then closed out the scoring in the sixth with a pair of runs, with Joey Casa and Sallee driving them in.
Austin Padjen handled matters on the mound, getting the win in his Beloit debut, allowing three hits with four strikeouts and a walk in five innings of work. Justin Vetterl finished the last two innings, giving up three hits and striking out three with no walks.
In game two the Wildcats jumped on top with a run in the bottom of the first and held that lead until the fifth when the Buccaneers took the lead with three unearned runs. Gulve tied the game when he scored on a wild pitch and then Adrian Peil hit a two-out, two-run double to complete the rally.
SUNY Poly got one run back in the bottom of the inning before the Bucs closed the scoring in the sixth, with Jeremy Dutton leading off the inning with a single, advancing to second and third on a walk and sac hit and then scoring on a wild pitch. A double play, Beloit's third of the game, got them out of a jam in the bottom of the sixth before SUNY stranded a runner in the seventh.
Luke Brennan went the first three innings before Colton Lopez, who got the win, gave up five hits in two innings. Jamie Huntley then closed out the sweep for a save, giving up a walk in two innings.
The Buccaneers take on Wittenberg University in a single game Monday at 12:00 noon Eastern in Winter Haven before a couple of days away from varsity action.