Ripon, WI -- The Beloit College Baseball team put an exclamation point on their run into the postseason with a doubleheader sweep at Ripon College Sunday, winning 10-4 and 9-5, to take all four games of the regular-season-ending Midwest Conference series. The wins give the Bucs an eight-game winning streak going back to April 22.
The Buccaneers now travel to MWC Tournament-host Grinn ell College Friday morning to open defense of their 2016 Championship.
Beloit came from behind in game two Sunday, scoring twice in both the seventh and eighth innings and three times in the ninth to erase a 4-2 deficit. Ripon opened the scoring with a run in the second before the Bucs scored twice in the fourth when Jeremy Dutton doubled in Kam Sallee and then kept going to grab the lead on an error. But the Red Hawks retook the lead in the sixth with three runs.
The Buccaneers tied the game in the seventh groundouts by Mark Stephens and Mike Gulve. They took a 6-4 lead in the eighth on a two-run double by Stephens. After Ripon pulled back within 6-5 with a run in the bottom of the inning Beloit sealed it in a three-run ninth. Sallee doubled in two runs and Zach Jenkins singled in the final tally.
David Hlawek got the win with three-plus innings of relief, allowing one run on four hits. Mark Christine finished with three hits while Stephens, Sallee, Jenkins and Brice Call all had two hits.
In the opener the Bucs scored three runs in the first but RC responded with four in the bottom of the inning. Austin Martinez drove in the first run of the inning before Call singled in two with two out. Beloit tied it in the fourth on Dutton's RBI groundout and then took charge of the game with six in the fifth.
Christine walked with the bases loaded; Gulve drove in a run on a fielder's choice; Sallee drew a bases loaded walk; Dutton doubled in two; and Sallee completed the big inning, scoring on a wild pitch.
Colton Lopez made it all stand up with 6.2 innings of scoreless relief, allowing six hits while walking three and striking out three. Dutton, Call, Jalen Davis, Sallee and Terrence Cribbs all had two hits.