Auburndale, FL -- The Beloit College Baseball team closed out their Spring Trip with an 8-4 come-from-behind win over Iowa Wesleyan University on Saturday morning. The Buccaneers finished the trip 5-3.
In a scene partly reminiscent of Kirk Gibson's famed 1984 World Series home run, a hobbling Ryan Kaveney ignited the comeback with a two-out, pinch-hit two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning that put the Buccaneers on top for the first time in the game.
Early-on Iowa Wesleyan had control. The Tigers jumped on top with four runs in the third inning and held that lead until the Bucs pushed across an unearned run in the fifth, with Mike Gulve doubling in Mark Christine, who had reached on an error with one out. Beloit pulled to within a run in the seventh with a pair of runs on a sacrifice fly by Joey Casa and a run-scoring single by Jalen Davis. That set the stage for Kaveney's eighth-inning heroics.
In the eighth, after the first two hitters were retired, Jeremy Dutton singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Kaveney then hit a long ball to right-center field to give the Buccaneers their first lead at 5-4. The Bucs added three runs of insurance in the ninth, Dutton plating all three with a bases-loaded triple.
Brice Call, the third pitcher of the day for Beloit, took care of things on the mound over the final four innings for his second win of the trip, giving up one hit with four strikeouts and a walk. Call finished the trip with a 0.00 ERA, going nine innings while giving up five hits, striking out seven and walking two.
Gulve, Davis and Dutton all had three hits in the game while Sallee had two.
Beloit is scheduled to open its home season next Saturday at The Ballpark at Strong Stadium when they host Milwaukee School of Engineering for a doubleheader. First pitch is at 12:00 noon.