COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Thaddaeus Gregory (So./Seattle, Wash./University Prep) went the distance for the victory in game two as the Carleton College baseball team earned a split at Saint John’s University. The Knights’ pitching staff was roughed up in a 16-3 game one defeat, but Gregory pitched 7.0 strong innings as Carleton bounced back with a 9-4 triumph.
David Stillerman (Jr./Evanston, Ill./Evanston) finished with six hits on the day, and Kevin Johnson (Jr./St. Anthony, Minn./DeLaSalle) added five safeties of his own during the twinbill. The duo was extra effective in the nightcap, collecting seven hits and six of the Knights’ eight RBI.
The opener started poorly and went down hill after that. The Johnnies got a three-run home run from Dylan Graves in the opening frame, the first of two long balls for him in the contest. The hosts already led 7-2 when they put together a six-run fifth inning to blow the game open. The Knights collected 11 hits in the contest but went only 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
With the break between contests, the Johnnie bats cooled and those belonging to Carleton heated up. A leadoff walk to Jeff Dsida (Jr./Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) and bunt single by Stillerman started the top of the first. Johnson drove them both home with a two-out single.
Stillerman singled home another tally in the second, and both he and Johnson had RBI during Carleton’s four-run fourth. The Knights tacked on two additional two-out tallies in the fifth, making the score 9-0 in favor of the visitors.
Meanwhile, Gregory was cruising from the opening pitch, facing the minimum over the front three innings. By the time he finally surrendered a pair of runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh—the first tallies he has permitted in three starts this season—the outcome was already decided. All told Gregory yielded only six hits while striking out four and walking two during his 7.0 innings on the hill.
The Knights close the regular season on Wednesday, May 8 when they host a 2:30 p.m. doubleheader against Saint Mary’s University. It will be Senior Day as Carleton honors the three members of the class of 2013: Ted Harmon (Edina, Minn./Edina), Henry Rownd (Rochester, Minn./Lourdes), and Adam Zweber (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis).