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Buccaneers Battle Thru Rain, Cold, Sleet, Snow and Hail to Sweep Home Opener

March 19, 2016

Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Baseball team wasn't going to let Mother Nature have the upper hand in their home opener.  Battling Milwaukee School of Engineering, and a variety of weather episodes, the Bucs swept the doubleheader 10-5 and 6-0 Saturday afternoon.

In the second game the Buccaneers used a five-run second inning and a two-pitcher shutout, their third shutout win of the season, to complete the sweep.

Beloit sent 10 batters to the plate in the second, with Mike Gulve's three-run double the big blow.  Jeremy Dutton had an RBI single while the other run scored on an error.  The Bucs tacked on their sixth run in the eighth when Joey Casa scored on Mark Christine's sacrifice fly to center.

Jalen Davis and Adrian Peil each had two hits in the game.  Luke Brennan got his first collegiate win with five innings of two-hit ball, walking five and striking out one.  Colten Lopez pitched the final four innings for the save, also giving up just two hits while striking out four and walking one.

The Bucs needed a comeback in the opener for the win.  MSOE scored one in the fourth to grab the advantage but Jalen Davis tied it up in the fifth with a run-scoring, two-out triple.  The Raiders then plated four in the sixth for a 5-1 lead.  Beloit cut into the deficit in the bottom of the inning when Dutton doubled in Austin Martinez from first to make it 5-2.

The Bucs took the lead for good with an eight-run eighth inning, sending 12 batters to the plate.  Dutton had a two-run double in the inning while Peil had a two-run single.  Gulve had a run-scoring double and Baylee Slevira an RBI on a bases-loaded walk.  Ryan Kaveney then shut the door with a two-strikeout ninth.

Justin Vetterl got the victory, the first of his career, with 0.2 innings of work, giving up one hit.  Dutton finished with three hits in the game while Peil had two.

Beloit has the week off before hosting Monmouth College next Saturday at The Ballpark.  First pitch is at 1:00 p.m.