TUCSON, Ariz. — Playing its seventh game in six days, the Carleton College baseball team showed no signs of fatigue, defeating Carthage College by a score of 13-9. Every member of the starting lineup had at least one hit with the top of the Knights order providing the biggest sparks as Jeff Dsida (Sr./Winnetka, Ill./New Trier), David Stillerman (Sr./Evanston, Ill./Evanston), and Hayden Tsutsui (So./Northridge, Calif./Chatsworth) combined for 11 hits and eight runs.
Carleton struck first once again as Dsida started the opening frame with a base hit for the fourth consecutive day. Eventually, Ray Yong (Sr./Elmhurst, Ill./York) drove him in with base-knock to center field. Starting pitcher Anderson Cole (Sr./Aspen, Colo./Aspen) escaped a jam in the bottom half of the inning unscathed.
The Knights added four more runs over the next three innings. In the second, Willie Freimuth (Fy./Waunakee, Wis./Waunakee) smacked an run-scoring double before scoring on Dsida’s sacrifice fly to the warning track in center field. Jack Atterberry (Fy./Chatham, Ill./Glenwood) drove home Cody Bohlman (So./Irvine, Calif./University) with his second single of the afternoon. Dsida scored again in the fourth after reaching base with a ground-rule double.
Carleton’s big inning came in the sixth when they netted four runs on three hits. Once again, the top of the order did the damage as each of the Knights’ first four hitters reached base and scored. Kevin Johnson (Sr./St. Anthony, Minn./DeLaSalle) provided the inning’s big hit as his single to center scored a pair.
Jordan Zoellmer (So./Richfield, Minn./Richfield) worked two perfect frames out of the bullpen before the Red Men scored three runs in the seventh inning. Jackson Tears (Sr./Trabuco Canyon, Calif./JSerra) entered to help work out of a bases-loaded no-out jam. Tears only allowed one of the three base runners he inherited to score. He didn’t allow any runs of his own to score over his two innings of work.
With Carthage within two runs, the Knights top of the order finished the game strong as Dsida, Stillerman, and Tsutsui all scored over the last two frames. Dsida’s triple landed high above the batter’s eye in center field and traveled an estimated 426 feet. Jukie Tsai (Sr./New York, N.Y./Friends Seminary) finished the Red Men off with one inning of work on the mound.
The Carleton offense collected a season-best 21 hits and could have done even more damage had the Knights not grounded into four double plays.
Carleton returns to action at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz. on Tuesday, March 25. First pitch is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. MST (1:00 p.m. CDT) against Luther College.