Beloit, WI -- A raw and rainy day didn't keep the Beloit College Baseball team from opening their Midwest Conference schedule on a sunny note with a sweep of Carroll University in the first two games of a four-game series, winning 8-7 and 9-1 at The Ballpark at Strong Stadium Sunday.
The teams will complete the series on Monday in Waukesha with another doubleheader, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
In Sunday's nightcap Beloit got things rolling with a pair of unearned runs in the second, with the first run scoring on a Mark Christine fielder's choice and the second on an error on the same play. The Pioneers cut the lead in half in the fourth with what proved to be their lone run in the game. A three-run fifth for the Bucs stretched the lead to 5-1, with Jalen Davis driving in the first run on a single and Austin Martinez plating the last two with another single.
The Buccaneers closed out the scoring in the seventh with a four-spot, three of the runs unearned. Baylee Slevira had an RBI single and the second run scored on an error before Mike Gulve capped the inning with a two-run single.
Luke Brennan worked the first five innings, giving up five hits with a strikeout and two walks, before David Hlawek pitched the final four innings for the save, not allowing a hit while walking and striking out two. Martinez finished with two hits.
In the opener Beloit scored five times in the first on four hits. Jalen Davis had an RBI single, Martinez a two-run double and Jeremy Dutton a sacrifice fly. That lead held up till CU scored three in the third inning following a one-hour rain delay. The Buccaneers scored single runs in the fourth and the fifth, both unearned, the fifth-inning run scoring on Martinez's fielder's choice.
But Carroll came back again, scoring twice in both the seventh and eighth innings to tie the game at 7-all. Gulve drove in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth with a two-out single, plating pinch-runner Slevira. Jamie Huntley nailed down Ryan Kaveney's win in the ninth, inducing a game-ending double-play grounder.
Kaveney went eight innings, striking out five and walking three while allowing 12 hits. Gulve, Davis, Kam Sallee and Dutton had two hits apiece in the game.