TUCSON, Ariz. -- Despite a stellar pitching performance from senior pitcher Ted Harmon (Edina, Minn./Edina), the Carleton College baseball team dropped its fourth straight game, this one a 7-6 decision to Carthage College. Harmon recorded five strikeouts and allowed only three earned runs over 7.0+ innings of work, but the Knights (4-4) surrendered a late four-run lead and were unable to battle back.
Hayden Tsutsui (Fy./Northridge, Calif./Chatsworth) continued his hot-hitting, going 2-for-4 with two RBI, including his first collegiate home run. Jeff Dsida (Jr./Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) also recorded two hits, his third multi-hit game of the year.
The Red Men (2-4) struck first, scoring on an RBI double by shortstop Drew Bailey in the bottom of the second inning. However, this lead was short-lived. Nolan Baker (So./Appleton, Wis./Appleton North) and Tsutsui led off the top of the fourth inning with back-to-back walks. After a sacrifice bunt by Kevin Johnson (Jr./St. Anthony, Minn./DeLaSalle), Baker scored on a suicide squeeze by David Stillerman (Jr./Evanston, Ill./Evanston) to knot the score.
The Knights extended their lead in the next inning. After a double by Hikaru Mizuno (Fy./Tigard, Ore./Tigard), Ray Yong (Jr./Elmhurst, Ill./York) was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Dsida then launched a double down the right-field line, scoring Mizuno. Following a sacrifice fly by Baker and a Tsutsui single, Dsida scored on a failed pick-off attempt to put Carleton ahead, 4-1.
The Knights added one more in the top of the seventh. Yong and Dsida led off with back-to-back singles. After a fielder’s choice put runners at the corners, Yong was chased home on a Tsutsui groundout.
The Carthage bats suddenly came alive in the bottom of the eighth, as the Red Men rallied for six runs on five hits to take a two-run lead into the final frame. Tsutsui’s home run in the top of the ninth brought the Knights within one, but they stranded runners on first and second after Bailey made a diving catch to end the game.
The Knights are back in action tomorrow when they face Wesleyan University at the Kino Sports Complex. First pitch is slated for noon MST (2:00 p.m. CDT).