NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The five-game win streak for the Carleton College baseball team was snapped with a pair of losses to cross-town rival St. Olaf College by scores of 4-1 and 4-3. The Knights’ uphill battle to get back into playoff contention has gotten even tougher as Carleton now sits three games out of the final spot in the conference tournament with only eight MIAC games remaining.
In game one, the Oles (11-20, 4-10 MIAC) pushed across a trio of runs against Carleton starter Danny Shields (So./Richfield, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels) during the second inning, including a clutch two-out, two-run single by Chris Paradise. The other Ole run came against the bullpen with two out in the sixth.
The Knights (12-17, 4-8 MIAC), who were limited to just four hits in the contest, got their run in the fifth as Kiyota Gomi (Sr./Dobbs Ferry, N.Y./Ardsley) doubled home Nolan Baker (Fy./Appleton, Wis./Appleton North) with two down.
Game two saw Carleton grab a 3-0 lead midway through the third inning. Alex Wirta (Sr./ Corte Madera, Calif./Redwood) delivered a bases-loaded sacrifice fly, and Jeff Dsida (So./Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) added a two-run double. St. Olaf responded in the bottom of the inning with three runs of its own.
Carleton’s best chance to re-gain the lead came in the sixth, but Patrick Philley (Sr./Gig Harbor, Wash./Charles Wright Academy) was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first on Ray Yong’s (So./Elmhurst, Ill./York) two-out double to right.
The momentum of that defensive play carried over to the St. Olaf half of the frame, as the Oles managed to scratch out the go-ahead run. The hosts loaded the bases with none out, but Anderson Cole (So./Aspen, Colo./Aspen) induced a grounder and Gomi cut down the lead runner at the plate. However, Brady Sand followed with a sacrifice fly, and St. Olaf held on for the sweep.
Dsida and Yong had three-hit games for the Knights, who left six runners aboard in the nightcap, six of the them in scoring position.
Carleton travels to No. 3 University of St. Thomas on Tuesday, April 24 for a 2:30 p.m. doubleheader.