ST. PETER, Minn. — Jack Violetta (So./Green Bay, Wis./Bay Port) and Nolan Baker (Jr./Appleton, Wis./Appleton North) both turned in complete-game efforts as the Carleton College baseball team picked up a pair of crucial late-season wins at Gustavus Adolphus College, prevailing by scores of 4-3 and 10-0.
With the victories, the Knights (21-12 overall) improve to 11-7 in MIAC play, moving Carleton into a tie with Saint John’s for third place in the conference race. The Knights and Johnnies lead St. Olaf and Saint Mary’s—both 9-7 in the MIAC—heading into the last handful of games. The 21 victories this season is tied for the second-highest overall win total in program history, trailing only 1991 squad that went 24-11 en route to the conference title.
Game one on Friday was scoreless until the third inning. The Knights got a RBI single from David Stillerman (Sr./Evanston, Ill./Evanston) followed by a run-scoring double off the bat of Hayden Tsutsui (So./Northridge, Calif./Chatsworth) as part of a three-run frame. Gustavus got two of those runs back in the bottom of the stanza via a leadoff home run by Taylor Bigandt and a two-out RBI single from Garret Fuchs.
The score remained 3-2 until the final frame. Carleton strung together four singles, the last of them coming from Kevin Johnson (Sr./St. Anthony, Minn./DeLaSalle) to pick up an insurance run. That tally became important when Gustavus got one run in the bottom of the seventh before Violetta closed out the 4-3 win.
Tsutsui and Johnson collected three and two hits, respectively. The duo accounted for half of Carleton’s base knocks in the contest.
The Knights scored early and often to stake Baker to the lead in game two. Willie Freimuth (Fy./Waunakee, Wis./Waunakee) led the offense, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored and a pair of RBI. Baker helped himself out, picking up double and triple in addition to scoring twice.
The Knights got a run in the first, a pair in the second, and two more in the third inning. They tacked on four additional tallies in the fifth and closed out the scoring with Freimuth’s two-out RBI single in the sixth.
That was more than enough run support for Baker, who turned in his second straight gem. Today, he scattered six singles and struck out four with no walks as he registered his first collegiate shutout and improved to 5-2 on the season.
Carleton closes out the MIAC regular season by hosting Concordia College on Saturday, May 3. It will be Senior Day, the last time that the 10 members of the class of 2014 don the maize and blue in front of the home crowd. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. and live video will be available via Knights Online.