TUCSON, Ariz. — The Carleton College baseball team wrapped up the Arizona portion of its spring break trip with a Thursday morning contest against Oberlin College. David Stillerman (Sr./Evanston, Ill./Evanston) had a team-best three hits in the back-and-forth affair, in which the Yeomen prevailed by an 11-8 tally.
After Oberlin plated two runs in the top of the first, the Knights got one back in the bottom of the frame as Jeff Dsida (Sr./Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) doubled and later came home on Stillerman’s single to right center. Both players wrapped up the nine-game visit to the Grand Canyon State with batting averages north of .500.
Carleton scratched out four more tallies on only three hits during the third inning. The biggest hit was Willie Freimuth’s (Fy./Waunakee, Wis./Waunakee) two-run single to right field.
The Yeoman knotted the game with a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth against starting pitcher Nolan Baker (Jr./Appleton, Wis./Appleton North), who limited the damage by getting Oberlin to hit into three double plays over his 5.0 innings on the bump.
In the bottom of the sixth, Stillerman pushed Carleton back in front with his RBI triple to center. He immediately scored via Hayden Tsutsui’s (So./Northridge, Calif./Chatsworth) single up the middle.
Oberlin re-gained a short-lived lead in the top of the seventh with a three-run rally punctuated by a two-run homer to left off the bat of Mike McDonald, the Yeoman cleanup hitter.
Kevin Johnson (Sr./St. Anthony, Minn./DeLaSalle), the hero of Tuesday’s win over Luther, came up with the tying run off McDonald in the bottom of the frame. Johnson reached on via an error, advanced on a wild pitch, stole third, and raced home on Freimuth’s RBI groundout.
With the score now tied 8-8, Oberlin took the lead for good with two runs in the eighth and another in the ninth. Johnson tried to start a two-out rally in the ninth but was stranded after tripling to the left-centerfield gap.
McDonald got the win, yielding just one hit and the unearned run over 3.0 innings of relief. Thaddaeus Gregory (Jr./Seattle, Wash./University Prep) absorbed the loss for Carleton. Oberlin out-hit the Knights, 17-10, including six extra-base hits that each led to a run. Stillerman and Tsutsui accounted for half of Carleton’s hits in this game.
The Knights hit the highway for the drive home but will stop off in Lincoln, Neb. for a single nine-inning game at Nebraska Wesleyan on Friday, March 28.