Winter Haven, FL -- All the Beloit College Baseball team needed was a little Florida-like weather to get the bats going. They got the warmth, and a good pitching performance, on the way to an 8-6 win over Eastern Mennonite University on Tuesday, the first win of their Spring Trip.
After giving up a run in the top of the first the Bucs took the lead for good in the bottom of the inning with three runs on three walks and two hit-by-pitches. Alex Lawrence drove in the first run on a bases loaded walk. After a double-play grounder plated the second run, Tyler Peacock's fielder's choice grounder got the third run across.
The Royals pulled back within one with a run in the second but the Buccaneers tallied three more runs in the same inning to move up 6-2. Matt Meade scored on a wild pitch and then Lawrence hit a two-run single to put Beloit in charge. They added a seventh run in the fourth when Ethan Blumenthal singled, stole second and third and then scored on a wild pitch. EMU got their third run in the fifth on a double-play grounder to make it 7-3 heading to the later innings. Beloit tacked on run number eight in the seventh when Grant Henricksen, who had singled and stole second, scored on a balk.
Eastern Mennonite started to come back, scoring a pair of unearned runs in the eighth. But winner Dalton Deckert, who pitched into the eighth before tiring a bit, was baled out by Patrick McKnight, who got all three outs in the eighth and gave up the final run of the game in the ninth before nailing down his first career save. Deckert pitched seven-plus innings, scattering 11 hits and giving up five runs, three earned. He struck out two and walked none. McKnight got the final six outs, giving up three hits and one run with a walk.
Blumenthal, Lawrence, Henricksen and Peacock each had two hits. Henricksen and Matt Meade both had doubles.
The Buccaneers have Wednesday off before getting back on the field Thursday in Auburndale against St. Vincent College of Pennsylvania at 11:30 a.m. EST.