ST. PAUL, Minn. – Ray Yong (Jr./Elmhurst, Ill./York) and Jeff Dsida (Jr./Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) each had four-hit days as the Carleton College baseball team posted a pair of one run victories, sweeping Macalester College by tallies of 5-4 and 4-3.
The duo went a combined 6-for-8 with four runs scored and two RBI in the opener. Dsida opened the contest with a double and scored one out later on a sacrifice fly. The Knights trailed 2-1 in the third inning when Yong delivered a two-run single and scored another run later in the stanza.
Both sides plated a run in the sixth, and Carleton carried a 5-3 advantage into the final frame. The Scots scored once and had the tying run at third base and winning run on first base when Henry Rownd (Sr./Rochester, Minn./Lourdes) ended the drama by inducing a game-ending flyout to record his second consecutive complete-game effort. He fanned four and scattered nine hits over his 7.0 innings of work in picking his fourth win over his last five outings.
Game two saw the Knights grab the lead only to watch Macalester score three times off Carleton reliever Jackson Tears (Trabuco Canyon, Calif./JSerra) during the fourth inning. The junior sidearmer got a strikeout and flyout to end the rally, stranding a pair of runners in scoring position.
Those proved to be key outs as David Stillerman (Jr./Evanston, Ill./Evanston) made it a 3-2 game in the fifth inning when he drove home Matt Schwimmer (Fy./New York, N.Y./Fieldston) with a well-placed groundout.
After a 1-2-3 bottom of the fifth from Tears, Yong singled to start the next frame and scored the tying run on a Macalester error. Another scoreless frame from the bullpen, this time from the right arm of Thaddaeus Gregory (So./Seattle, Wash./University Prep), kept the momentum with the Knights.
Hikaru Mizuno (Fy./Tigard, Ore./Tigard) reached base for the third time, drawing a walk to open the seventh. After Dsida was hit by a pitch, Stillerman bunted both runners up 90 feet. Carleton’s leading hitter Hayden Tsutsui (Fy./Northridge, Calif./Chatsworth) then picked up his third RBI of the day, delivering the go-ahead sacrifice fly, and Gregory made it stand up with a perfect final frame.
After starting the compacted conference schedule with eight straight setbacks, the Knights have now won five of their last eight and have a pair of doubleheaders remaining on the schedule. Carleton hits the road to visit Saint John’s University on Tuesday, May 7 for a 2:30 p.m. doubleheader. The Knights return home to face Saint Mary’s University the next day, also a 2:30 p.m. first pitch.