Auburndale, FL -- The Beloit College Baseball team went through a tough week on the field during their annual Spring Trip but finished on a high note Saturday morning with a nail-biting 8-7 win over Spalding University out of Kentucky.
The Golden Eagles jumped in front in the top of the first with two runs and added a solo home run in the second. The Buccaneers got a kick-start in the third when Mark Christine hit his first collegiate home run, a drive down the right field line. They then pulled to within a run in the fourth when Austin Martinez drove in Kam Sallee with a single up the middle, making it 3-2.
Mike Weeden, making his first career start, was keeping SU at bay with his pitching, allowing just three hits from the third thru the sixth innings while striking out a pair. He was relieved by Colton Lopez with one out in the seventh.
Beloit finally put it all together at the plate in the bottom of the seventh with five runs, four of them unearned. Jeremy Dutton reached on an error, Jay Hoffmann was hit by a pitch and pinch-hitter Zach Jenkins tied the game at 3-all with a single through the left side. Christine singled in the lead run before Terrence Cribbs' ground out made it 5-3. Jalen Davis' double down the 1eft field line made it a 7-3 lead.
Spalding got a run back in the eighth but the Bucs countered with a run to maintain their four-run cushion, Mark Stephens getting the RBI on a bunt single.
In the ninth, with Christine on the mound to close it out, the Golden Eagles scored three times and had the tying run on third base before the final batter struck out looking, bringing an end to the Spring Trip and the Bucs' losing streak.
Lopez got the mound win while Christine picked up his second save of the trip. He was also the only Buccaneer with multiple hits in the game.
Beloit now heads back North, where they'll await their next game next Saturday in a doubleheader at Milwaukee School of Engineering. First pitch is set for 12:00 noon.