TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Carleton College baseball team dropped both ends of a twin bill on Wednesday, falling 7-1 to No. 9 Eastern Connecticut State and 10-7 to Nebraska Wesleyan.
In game one, the Knights (4-6) received a strong pitching performance from Kiyo Gomi (Sr./Dobbs Ferry, N.Y./Ardsley) but failed to capitalize at the plate in their 7-1 loss to Eastern Connecticut State (8-2). Gomi allowed only two earned runs over 5.2 innings, but several costly errors haunted the Knights and accounted for four unearned runs.
At the plate, the Knights’ bats were silenced by the Warriors’ pitching staff. Carleton managed only three hits in the game and scored its only run on a two-out single by Patrick Philley (Sr./Gig Harbor, Wash./Charles Wright Academy) in the second inning. This tied the game at one run apiece, but Eastern Connecticut scored three in the top of the third to retake the lead. The Warriors held this advantage, adding three more runs over the final four frames, to secure the 7-1 victory.
After a short intermission, the Knights hit the field again to face Nebraska Wesleyan University. The Prairie Wolves (2-8) took an early 5-0 lead, tallying in each of the first two frames.
The Knights responded in the fourth inning, scoring six times. With the bases loaded, Ray Yong (So./Elmhurst, Ill./York) and Erik Fabry (Sr./Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview) drew consecutive walks to plate Carleton’s first two runs of the contest. Then, David Stillerman (So./Evanston, Ill.) cleared the bases with a triple to tie the score at 5-5. Stillerman was chased home on a grounder by Philley to put Carleton ahead.
The Knights added a run to their lead in the fifth. Alex Wirta (Sr./Corte Madera, Calif./Redwood) singled to lead off the inning and promptly stole second. Then, Jeff Dsida (So./Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) doubled, scoring Wirta from second base.
Nebraska Wesleyan responded in the top of the sixth, retaking the lead with three runs. The Prairie Wolves added two more runs over the last four innings, and the Knights failed to score again, dropping the second half of the double header by a score of 10-7.