The Knights fell to Hamline University by a score of 15-10 despite five hits from Nolan Baker (Jr./Appleton, Wis./Appleton North) and four RBIs from Hayden Tsutsui (So./Northridge, Calif./Chatsworth). The Knights showcased their under-classman in the game as the team started five freshman and three sophomores.
The Pipers struck for two runs in the first inning, but the Knights answered back in the bottom half of the frame on an RBI single from Baker that plated Willie Freimuth (Fy./Waunakee, Wis./Waunakee). Hamline scored another two runs on two hits in the second inning.
The Knights took the lead in the bottom half of the frame when it plated five runs on three hits. The big hit in the frame was Tsutsui’s double, which scored three. Tsutsui’s double was part of a stretch of four consecutive Knights’ batters who reached base with two outs.
The Pipers extended their lead over the middle innings to 13-9 because Carleton struck in the seventh. Leadoff hits from Matt Schwimmer (So./New York, N.Y./Fieldston) and Hikaru Mizuno (So./Tigard, Ore./Tigard) set the tone for the Knights in the inning. A Freimuth triple plated them both before he came across on a Baker single.
The Knights tried to mount a final rally in the ninth inning when Tsutsui lead off the inning with his fourth homer of the season. Carleton got the next two runners on, but were unable to continue its season.
The Knights received scoreless innings on the mound from Cody Bohlman (So./Irvine, Calif./University High School) and Jackson Tears (Sr./Trabuco Canyon, Calif./JSerra). Tears was one of the two seniors to make an appearance in the season finale along with the Knights starting pitcher Jukie Tsai (Sr./New York, N.Y./Friends Seminary), who made his first career start after a long career in the Knights bullpen. Tears graduates as the career leader in appearances for the Knights with 58.
Carleton saw ends its season with 22 wins, the second most wins in school history and a 12-8 conference mark, just one win shy of the MIAC playoffs.