The Beloit College baseball team topped Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 6-0 Tuesday morning to win their second consecutive game and move to even, 3-3, on the season.
Eight Bucs registered hits in the game while the defense scattered four hits over nine innings.
The Buccaneer offense showcased its speed in the top of the first inning putting pressure on RPI’s defense. Brice Call led off with a walk and stole second. A one-out single by Jeremy Dutton put runners on the corners setting up a perfect opportunity for a double-steal. Both runners successfully advanced with Call touching home for the first run of the game. The aggressive baserunning continued to pay off as Dutton stole third and scored on an Ethan Conley RBI groundout to second base.
In the top of the third, Call led off once again with a walk. Jalen Davis reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced all the way to third on Dutton’s single to right center. Dutton recorded his second stolen base of the game and Conley drew a walk to load the bases. Terrance Cribbs put the ball on the ground to score Davis from third and keep runners on the corners as the defense opted to take the out at second base. Dutton touched home for the Bucs’ fourth run of the day on a balk. Bronson Balholm tagged a two-out single to left field that plated Cribbs to make it 5-0 Beloit.
Both teams threatened but were unable to plate runs in the next five innings. Beloit broke the scoreless streak in the top of the ninth. Davis led off the inning with a single to center field and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Once again putting pressure on the RPI defense with speed, Davis took off for third and an errant throw by the catcher allowed Davis to turn the corner and score to make it 6-0 in the Bucs’ favor.
Three Bucs combined for six stolen bases in the game including three from Dutton. He was also one of eight Beloit hitters to record a hit in the game and the lone Buc to post two.
David Harrison picked up the win on the mound scattering three hits in six innings of work while striking out five.
The Buccaneers will take a day off to recoup before returning to the diamond to face Curry College Thursday afternoon.