Auburndale, FL -- The Beloit College Baseball team was on the verge of sweeping a doubleheader Friday but dropped both games in dramatic fashion, falling to Clark University 2-0 in eight innings in game one and 5-4 on a walkoff hit in game two.
In the opener Danny Belling matched the Clark picture in every way as the seven-inning game went into extra innings scoreless. In the top of the eighth the Cougars finally broke through with a pair of runs, the second unearned. The Bucs' hope for a comeback in the bottom of the inning was shut down on a game-ending double play.
Belling went all eight innings, giving up nine hits and just one earned run, striking out four and walking none. Mike Gulve had all three of the Buccaneer hits.
In game two, the game was scoreless for the first four innings, with Luke Brennan handling the mound duties. The Bucs broke the scoreless tie with a four-run fifth inning, getting RBI singles from Terrence Cribbs and Jalen Davis and a two-run single from Kam Sallee.
The Cougars finally got to Brennan in the sixth, scoring four runs to tie the game at 4-all. Beloit stranded a Jay Hoffmann single in the top of the seventh. In the bottom of the inning Clark pushed across the game-winner with one out.
Brennan pitched 5.1 inn ings, allowing seven hits while striking out six and walking just one. Davis and Jeremy Dutton both had two hits.
Beloit closes their trip on Saturday morning against Spalding University in Auburndale, with first pitch at 9:00 a.m. Eastern.