The Beloit College baseball team wrapped up the 2018 season with a 20-17 record after dropping a pair of games Sunday at The Ballpark at Strong Stadium. The Midwest Conference Tournament seeds were determined Sunday as Beloit, Ripon and Lawrence were still in the mix for the second spot in the north division. St. Norbert punched their ticket with a win at Ripon Saturday while the Vikings secured their spot Sunday.
The Bucs got the scoring started in the first game with a single run in the bottom of the first. The Vikings responded to tie it up 1-1 in the top of the third.
After three scoreless, the Buccaneers put up a three spot in the bottom of the seventh. Baylee Slevira came in to hit in the designated hitter spot and opened the inning with a single. Terrence Cribbs took one for the team to put two runners on and both advanced on a groundout. With two outs, Jalen Davis was intentionally walked and Ethan Conley made the Vikings pay with a three-RBI double to center field that gave Beloit a 4-1 lead.
The Bucs were just one out away from picking up the first game win when a few defensive miscues combined with timely Viking hitting led to three Lawrence runs and a tie game 4-4.
In the top of the tenth, another Buc error put the eventual winning run on base. A single and sacrifice fly gave Lawrence a 5-4 lead. Beloit had the tying run on base in the bottom of the inning but was unable to bring him in to score for the 5-4 final.
In the nightcap, the Bucs grabbed the 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third courtesy of a leadoff double off the bat of Mark Christine and two consecutive flyouts.
Lawrence plated two runs on three hits in the top of the seventh and followed with a single run in the top of the eighth to take a 3-1 lead.
The Bucs threatened in the bottom of the ninth. Bronson Balholm led off the frame with a walk followed by a Brice Call single through the right side. Cribbs drew a one-out walk to load the bases. Christine laid down a bunt that the pitcher was unable to corral allowing one run to score and narrowing the gap to 3-2. The Vikings registered the final two outs stranding three Bucs on base for the final.
In between the games Sunday, the Beloit College seniors were recognized for their accomplishments. The senior class combined to win 81 games, third most of any class in program history. The squad also helped lead the 2017 team to a second place finish in the league and a 2016 Midwest Conference title.