TUCSON, Ariz. – For the second straight day, the Carleton College baseball team put on an explosive offensive exhibition, thrashing Luther College by a score of 21-6. Seven of the Knights’ starters recorded multiple hits, including four who tallied four or more. In total, Carleton (7-6) notched 27 hits over the course of the game, surpassing the 20-hit performance in Saturday’s contest against Wesleyan as the highest total of the young season. The 21 runs marked the second-highest tally recorded by the Knights, following the 26-5 drubbing of Crown College in the team’s season opener.
Nolan Baker (So./Appleton, Wis./Appleton North) led the way, going 4-for-6 with seven RBI, the highest figure by a Knight since Ben Cooprider drove home seven runs vs. Bethany Lutheran on April 28, 2005. Hayden Tsutsui (Fy./Northridge, Calif./Chatsworth) continued his unbelievable hitting spree, notching a team-high five hits and knocking in a trio of runs.
Jeff Dsida (Jr./Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) and David Stillerman (Jr./Evanston, Ill./Evanston) added four hits apiece, combining for four RBI and eight runs scored out of the top two spots in the lineup. Kevin Johnson (Jr./St. Anthony, Minn./DeLaSalle) and Hikaru Mizuno (Fy./Tigard, Ore./Tigard) also played major roles in the offensive barrage. Johnson went 3-for-5 and drove in two, while Mizuno notched three hits and scored three times.
Carleton’s 27 hits are the most by the Knights in at least 12 seasons.
Henry Rownd (Sr./Rochester, Minn./Lourdes) battled through eight innings on the mound, allowing five earned runs, striking out four Norse hitters, and only surrendering two walks en route to his first win of the year.
The Knights wrap up their spring break trip tomorrow with a contest against Middlebury College. First pitch is slated for 10 a.m. MST (12 p.m. CDT) at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.