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Buccaneers Salvage Split After Disappointing Game 1 Setback

March 28, 2016

Milwaukee, WI -- The Beloit College Baseball team earned a split of their doubleheader at Wisconsin Lutheran College Monday afternoon, winning the second game 14-6 after dropping the opener 5-4 on a walk-off hit.

In the nightcap the Bucs shook off the game one disappointment right away when Ryan Kaveney drove in Joey Casa with a fielder's choice groundout.  They added two more runs in the third on Kaveney's two-run single to right, plating Jalen Davis and Casa. 

Beloit seemingly put the game out of reach with four runs in the fifth.  Adrian Peil doubled in a pair of runs before Brice Call and Jeremy Dutton both singled in runs to make it 7-0.  The Warriors got their first run in the bottom of the inning but the Buccaneers responded with two in the sixth on a pair of unearned runs, Davis hitting an RBI double and Kaveney with a single.  But WLC wouldn't quit, scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 9-5 game.

Both teams scored solo runs in the seventh, with Mike Gulve singling in Dutton in the top of the frame.  Beloit closed out the scoring in the ninth with their second four-run inning of the game, Davis and Mark Stephens getting an RBI each and the other two runs scoring on wild pitches.

Casa led the 18-hit attack with three while Gulve, Davis, Kaveney and Call had two apiece.  Starter Colton Lopez won his second straight, giving up six hits and one run in five innings, striking out three and walking one.

Wisconsin Lutheran got a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth to win game one, spoiling a Buccaneer comeback.

WLC opened the scoring with a run in the first and added two more in the fourth to make it 3-0.  The Bucs got their first hit, by Jalen Davis, and first run in the sixth when Peil hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Gulve, who walked to lead off the inning.  Beloit grabbed a 4-3 lead in the seventh with three runs, Kam Sallee singling in the first two and Peil walking with the bases loaded to give the Buccaneers the lead, setting the stage for the Warriors' walk-off in the ninth.

Sallee had two hits in the game to account for half the Beloit safeties.

Beloit has a few days off after a busy three days before playing two at Knox College on Saturday.  First pitch in Galesburg is at 1:00 p.m.