As the spring continues to influence schedules across the Midwest, the Beloit College baseball team met St. Norbert for a twinbill in Galesburg, Ill. Friday. The Bucs, the visiting team in both contests, dropped the first game 12-8 and fell in the nightcap 4-3.
The Buccaneers' comeback fell short in game one. Facing a 7-0 deficit after two innings, the Bucs got on the board in the top of the third. A Green Knight miscue put Drew Freitag on second to open the inning. Brice Call drew a one-out walk and Nick Schmidt followed with an RBI single. SNC put out the lead runner on a fielder’s choice but Jeremy Dutton notched a two-out single to push another run across.
St. Norbert came back with two runs in their half of the inning to extend the gap back to seven, 9-2.
The Bucs got back into the game with a huge six-run sixth inning. Dutton led off the frame with a single, Ethan Conley took one for the team and Bronson Balholm singled to load the bases with no outs. Terrance Cribbs drove in two runs with a double in the next at bat. With one out, Mark Christine was hit by a pitch to load the bases once again. Call produced a single to plate one run and another Buc came in to score when Schmidt was hit with a pitch. Jalen Davis plated the final two runs for Beloit in the inning with a single to pull the Buccaneers to within one, 9-8.
The Green Knights scored three runs courtesy of two extra base hits, a homerun and two-RBI double in the bottom of the seven to take a 12-8 lead. The Bucs offense was stifled by SNC relief pitcher Nick Klavekoske the rest of the way.
In the nightcap, the Bucs took a 3-1 lead with a three-run third inning but were unable to hold on for the win.
Davis tagged a triple to drive in the first two runs with Call, who reached on a walk, and Schmidt, who reached after being hit by a pitch, crossing home. Conley notched a one-out single to plate Davis giving Beloit the 3-1 lead.
St. Norbert plated just one run in the bottom of the fifth after their first three batters of the inning reached safely. David Harrison helped himself get out of the jam with a double play that went from Harrison on the mound, to the plate to get the lead runner and then to first. Harrison struck out a SNC batter with the bases loaded for the final out of the inning.
A leadoff homer in the bottom of the sixth for the Green Knights knotted the game at 3-3. The Bucs threatened in the top of the eighth after Balholm singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt but were unable to push the run across.
The Green Knights capitalized on a walk and two singles to register the go ahead run in the bottom of the eighth.
Beloit threatened once again in the ninth with Call singling to lead off the inning. Call advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Davis drew a walk to put two runners on and a groundout moved the game-tying run just 90 feet away but the Bucs were unable to bring the run in.
Balholm registered a stellar day in the batter’s box going 5-for-9 at the plate with a run scored. Davis added four RBI off of three hits on the day.
Danny Belling fell to 2-2 on the season with the loss in game one. Belling struck out five in six innings of work. Harrison went 5.1 innings in game two for a no decision while Keith Haina suffered the loss giving up just two hits in 2.2 innings of relief while fanning three.
Up Next: The spring continues to wreak havoc on baseball schedules across the Midwest. The Bucs home and away series slated for this weekend was split up. Friday’s games were St. Norbert’s home half of the series while the Bucs will now host the Green Knights Tuesday for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.