The Beloit College baseball team used an epic comeback and solid game two win to sweep Marian and improve to 20-13 on the season. The Buccaneers erased a five-run, sixth inning deficit in a game that was slated to go just seven innings to defeat the Sabres 8-7 in eight innings to open the day. In the nightcap, the Bucs topped Marian 10-2 in the scheduled seven innings for the win.
Marian scored three of the first four innings of the opener to take a 7-2 lead. After a scoreless fifth, the Bucs’ offense gained some momentum in the bottom of the sixth. Nick Schmidt led off the frame with a single to right field and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Jalen Davis to the second baseman and then a throwing error by the Sabres allowed Schmidt to score. Davis then advanced 90 feet into scoring position on a wild pitch and came around to score on Ethan Conley’s double to right field. With two runs in the innings, the Bucs narrowed the deficit to 7-4.
Beloit’s defense sat the Sabres down in order to bring the Buc bats back into the action.
With one out, Jake Baltierrez drew a pinch hit walk. Joe McKay followed with a second pinch hit walk. The two pinch hitters were replaced on the base paths by Jordan Edwards and Tyler Assiff respectively. Baylee Slevira took one for the team to load the bases. After a strikeout and pitching change Davis came to the plate and continued his RBI-fest that he started Sunday with two, two-run homeruns in a single game against Ripon. This time he notched a single to left field that scored two and forced another Sabre pitching change. Conley followed with an RBI single up the middle to tie the game 7-7.
In extra innings, remember the game was scheduled as a seven inning affair, the defense once again made quick work of the Marian hitters with a three-up, three-down inning.
Robbie Achromowicz was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch. The Sabre defense got the lead runner out on Mark Christine’s bunt but Terrence Cribbs drew a walk in the next at bat to put two on for the Bucs. After another pitching change for Marian, Slevira loaded the bases with another base on balls. Marian once again was able to get the lead runner heading home on a fielder’s choice to tally the second out of the inning. It was none other than Davis who tagged the walkoff RBI single to right center in the next at bat to give the Buccaneers the comeback win.
Davis notched his second straight four hit, five RBI performance in the game with a perfect 4-for-4 showing in game one. Brice Call picked up the win on the mound holding the Sabres scoreless in four innings of relief work.
The bats quickly quieted for the Bucs in game two, but not for long. Marian took an early 1-0 in the first and then doubled up with another run in the top of the fourth.
The bats came to life in the bottom of the fourth as the Bucs tallied three consecutive base knocks followed by an RBI hit-by-pitch taken by Cribbs. Edwards was the fifth straight to reach base with a RBI single to right center and Christine made it six in a row with a double that plated two more. By the time the inning was over, the Bucs posted eight runs on the scoreboard on eight hits and with the help of one Sabre miscue.
Beloit added two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth for the 10-2 final.
Jeremy Dutton led the Bucs in the nightcap with a perfect 4-for-4 performance in the batter’s box adding a run scored and two runs batted in. Justin Kopech picked up the win on the mound allowing two runs, neither earned, in six innings of work.
The Bucs will take a much needed rest after having played seven games in four days. Beloit returns to the diamond for the final Midwest Conference series against Lawrence this weekend. The Buccaneers will head to Appleton Saturday and return to host the Vikings at Strong Field Sunday for a chance to earn one of the top two seeds in the MWC North Division. The Bucs currently hold second in the division with the top two teams advancing to the league tournament.