Galesburg, IL -- The Beloit College Baseball team got a pitching gem from Ryan Kaveney in game one and wore their hitting shoes in both games for a sweep at Knox College Sunday, winning 14-1 and 16-7.
Kaveney tied the Beloit record with 14 strike outs in the complete-game, seven-inning opener, giving up just five hits and walking one. The effort marked the second time in his career he struck out 14 in a game, matching his April 19, 2014, outing vs. St. Norbert College.
The Buccaneers banged out 14 hits in the game to back Kaveney, including a six-run fifth inning that broke it open. In the big fifth, Jeremy Dutton hit a three-run home run, the first of his career, and Joey Casa had a two-run single.
Austin Martinez, Mike Gulve and Casa all had three hits in the game, with Casa and Dutton driving in four runs each and Martinez three. Tyler Peacock had two hits.
In game two, Kam Sallee tied the Buccaneer record with five hits and equaled the second-most RBIs in a game with six to lead a 15-hit attack.
The Bucs wasted little time getting going, plating five runs in the first. Peacock's three-run home was the big blow in the inning. Then in the sixth, already holding an 8-3 lead, Beloit tacked on four more. Sallee had a two-run double, Martinez a run-scoring single and Kaveney an RBI single to make it 12-3. KC scored four in the bottom of the seventh, matching the four the Buccaneers scored in innings seven thru nine.
Austin Padjen got the mound win with six innings of work, giving up six hits and three runs while striking out seven and walking two. Jamie Huntley finished the final three innings.
Besides Sallee's big game, which included his third home run of the season, Casa and Mark Christine each had two hits.
Beloit has some time off, with Tuesday's game vs. Rockford University having been postponed, before beginning Midwest Conference play on Saturday when they host Carroll University in a doubleheader at The Ballpark. First pitch is at 1:00 p.m.