Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Baseball team came out on top of a pair of pressure-filled Midwest Conference games at The Ballpark at Strong Stadium Saturday, topping St. Norbert College 2-1 and 9-8 in 11 innings to sweep the first two games of the teams' four-game series.
The series concludes Sunday with a doubleheader in De Pere at 1:00 p.m.
Baylee Slevira played the last of several heroes in the 11-inning game two win, starting a double play with a web gem to end the top of the 11th and then driving in the game-winner with a double in the bottom of the inning.
St. Norbert jumped in front with a solo home run in the first inning of the nightcap before Beloit plated two in the bottom of the inning on a single by Jalen Davis and fielder's choice by Ryan Kaveney. The Green Knights regained the lead with two in the third but the Bucs responded with a four-run fourth to take a 6-3 game. Kaveney had a two-run double in the inning while Mike Gulve had run-scoring single and Austin Martinez a bases-loaded walk.
SNC got one back in the fifth, which was matched by the Buccaneers in the bottom of the inning on Joey Casa's bases-loaded walk, and then got three in the sixth to tie the game at 7-all. But Beloit responded in the bottom of the sixth when Kaveney scored after the Green Knights had recorded an out at first and lost track of Kaveney, who slid in with the lead run. That lead held until SNC got a one-out solo home run in the ninth to force extra innings.
St. Norbert went down in order in the top of the 10th while the Buccaneers left the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning. In the top of the 11th SNC got their leadoff man to third with one out before a long foul ball to left was caught by Slevira, who then uncorked a bullet to the plate to catch the runner who had tagged up at third. In the bottom of the 11th Gulve led off with a soft line drive that was dropped for an error, advanced to second on a wild pitch and then scored the game-winner when Slevira slashed a double down the left-field line.
Jamie Huntley, the fourth Beloit pitcher, got the win with five innings of five-hit, one-run relief, striking out one. Gulve finished with four hits while Davis and Kaveney each had two.
In the opener, a pitcher's dual, Kaveney earned his fourth win of the season, scattering 11 hits while striking out six and walking two. The Bucs broke up a scoreless game with a run in the sixth when Davis' single scored Gulve, who led off with a hit-by-pitch. They made it 2-0 in the seventh when pinch-hitter Zach Jenkins doubled in Adrian Peil, who had led off the inning with a double.
St. Norbert cut the lead in half in the eighth with a two-out single before the Buccaneers turned a game-ending 5-4-3 double play in the ninth to get the win.
Davis had two of the Bucs' five hits in the game.