NORTHFIELD, Minn. —The Carleton College baseball team traded games with rival St. Olaf College, with the Knights seizing the first game, 11-6, thanks to a late offensive outburst before conceding the latter tilt, 13-8. Hayden Tsutsui (So./Northridge, Calif./Chatsworth) collected six hits and five RBI on the day.
St. Olaf (12-8, 3-1 MIAC) drew first blood in the opener as Sam Maus openend the contest with a home run to left center. Carleton responded at the bottom of the inning, as Hayden Tsutsui (So./Northridge, Calif./Chatsworth) doubled in a run and later scored on a Kevin Johnson (Sr./St. Anthony, Minn./DeLaSalle) single.
The Oles added a run in the second and another in the third to claim a one-run lead, but Carleton responded in the bottom of the third with a repeat of the opening frame. Tsutsui picked up another RBI double, and Johnson chased him home with a single to left field.
Johnson’s double in the fifth earned him his third RBI of the contest, before a pair of Ole tallies during the top of the sixth tied the game, 5-5.
In the bottom of the inning, the Knights’ bats came to life in a big way. After a single to right field by David Stillerman (Sr./Evanston, Ill./Evanston) loaded the bases, the Oles went to the bullpen once more, summoning Joey Voss, who entered the day with a 0.52 ERA through 17.1 innings. Tsutsui greeted the St. Olaf reliever by ripping a two-run single up the middle, making the Carleton catcher 3-for-4 with four RBI. Ray Yong (Sr./Elmhurst, Ill./York) followed with a single through the right side that brought another Knight home. Johnson smashed a double to complete his 4-for-4, five-RBI game. When the inning finally ended the Knights led 11-6 and would close out the contest by that tally.
Nolan Baker (Jr./Appleton, Wis./Appleton North) benefitted from the late rally and improved to 2-0 on the season. He surrendered three earned runs over his 6.0 innings on the mound.
Every member of both team’s starting lineup picked up at least one hit in the nightcap. The Oles captured the momentum early on, scoring six times over the first four innings. Carleton stayed closed with a single tally in the third and added three more in the fourth on consecutive RBI singles by Johnson, Willie Freimuth (Fy./Waunakee, Wis./Waunakee) and Jack Atterberry (Fy./Chatham, Ill./Glenwood).
St. Olaf re-seized control of the contest by scoring two runs in the fifth and five more in the top of the seventh to build a 13-4 advantage.
In the bottom of the seventh, Stillerman’s deep sacrifice fly brought home Carleton’s first run of the inning. Another Tsutsui hit later, Yong homered for the second time in as many days, clearing the scoreboard in right field to make the score 13-7. The Knights picked up another run in the eight as Cody Bohlman (So./Irvine, Calif./University High School) tripled and scored on Atterberry’s second hit of the contest.
Carleton’s next game action will come on Saturday, April 12 with a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Bethel University. The Knights return to Northfield the following day to play a rescheduled doubleheader against Augsburg College at 1:00 p.m.