TUCSON, Ariz. — The Carleton College Knights scored four runs in the first inning and defeated Lawrence University by a 12-7 score to improve to .500 for the season. With the victory, the Knights retain possession of the Deadliest Warrior Trophy, which was created two years ago for the rivalry between Lawrence and Carleton. Seniors Jeff Dsida (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) and David Stillerman (Evanston, Ill./Evanston) sparked the offense from atop the lineup, reaching base a combined nine times.
Carleton jumped out to the early lead as the first four Knight batters reached base and scored in the opening frame. Ray Yong (Sr./Elmhurst, Ill./York) provided the big hit in the inning with a two-run single before stealing second and scoring on an error.
Knights’ starting pitcher Thaddaeus Gregory (Jr./Seattle, Wash./University Prep) silenced the Vikings bats with a perfect first frame that included two strikeouts. He went five innings to record his first victory of the season.
Carleton’s offense added two runs in the second inning when Dsida and Stillerman scored on RBI groundouts by Hayden Tsutsui (So./Northridge, Calif./Chatsworth) and Kevin Johnson’s (Sr./St. Anthony, Minn./DeLaSalle) groundout.
Lawrence pushed across one run in the second before a three-run third inning made it a 6-4 contest. The Knights scored one in the fifth inning when Nolan Baker (Jr./Appleton, Wis./Appleton North) crossed home on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch. Yong led off the sixth inning with a triple before Johnson’s sacrifice fly scored him. Cody Bohlman (So./Irvine, Calif./University High School) scored the Knight’s ninth run when Dsida drew a bases-loaded walk.
After the Vikings brought the game to within three during the top of the eighth, Carleton responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame. Stillerman had an opposite field run-scoring triple before racing home on a wild pitch. Yong chased home Tsutsui for Carleton’s final tally.
Jackson Tears (Sr./Trabuco Canyon, Calif./JSerra) worked two scoreless innings in relief of Gregory before handing the ball off to Jukie Tsai (Sr./New York, N.Y./Friends Seminary) and Luke Curtis (Fy./Appleton, Wis./Appleton West) to work the final two innings out of the bullpen.
The Knights look to continue its strong play against Carthage College at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz. First pitch is slated for 4:00 p.m. MST (6:00 p.m. CDT).