Winter Haven, FL -- The Beloit College Baseball team took game one but were stymied in game two to settle for a split of their doubleheader with Gordon College Friday, winning the opener 12-2 before dropping the nightcap 6-1.
After Gordon scored first in the bottom of the opening inning in game one Beloit put up six runs in the top of the second to take the lead. Adrian Peil tied the game when he scored on an error before Mike Gulve gave the Bucs the lead for good with a bases loaded walk. Joey Cora followed with a two-run double and Brice Call had an RBI single. Jalen Davis capped the inning, and made it 6-1, with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Cora.
Gulve's run-scoring single made it 7-1 in the third and the Bucs tacked on four more runs in the fourth, with Kam Sallee leading off with the team's first home run of the season to start the outburst. Tyler Peacock, Jeremy Dutton and Gulve also drove in runs in the inning. The Fighting Scots got a run back in the sixth but Beloit answered with Casa's sacrifice fly to right in the bottom of the inning to close the scoring.
Austin Padjen was the recipient of the 12 runs of support, going all seven innings while giving up five hits and striking out two for his second win of the trip.
In game two a lack of timely hitting and some key defensive plays by Gordon set the Bucs back. GC scored twice in the top of the third to jump on top before Beloit got their lone run in the fourth on Peacock's fielder's choice RBI. The Fighting Scots made it 3-1 in the fifth and added three runs in the seventh to close the scoring.
The Buccaneers had runners in scoring position in every inning but the third and seventh but were shut down by a double play or stranded the runners.
Sallee had two of the seven hits for Beloit. Jamie Huntley went 6.1 innings, striking out one and walking one while giving up four earned runs and 10 hits.
Beloit closes the trip Saturday morning in Auburndale with a game against Iowa Wesleyan University. First pitch is at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time.