ST. PAUL, Minn. – Hayden Tsutsui (Fy./Northridge, Calif./Chatsworth) went 6-for-9 on the evening to raise his MIAC-leading batting average to .480 for the season, but the inability of the Knights’ pitching staff to avoid the big inning led to the Carleton College baseball team being swept, 9-3 and 11-8, in a twilight doubleheader against Hamline University.
Jeff Dsida (Jr./Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) opened game one with his conference-best sixth triple of the season. He promptly scored on David Stillerman’s (Jr./Evanston, Ill./Evanston) RBI groundout. However, the Pipers responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning against Anderson Cole (Jr./Aspen, Colo./Aspen), who was making his first start after missing more than a month due to a knee injury.
Carleton got a run back in the fifth when Dsida drew a two-out walk and raced home on a Stillerman double. The Knights drew closer with another two-out tally in the top of the sixth. However, the bottom of the frame saw the Pipers work some two-out magic of their own, stringing together five consecutive RBI hits to put the game out of reach.
Game two was tied 1-1 in the third when Hamline seemingly blew the game open with a nine-run rally without the benefit of an extra-base hit. Things got interesting two innings later, when Carleton put together a seven-run frame to pull within a pair. Hamline closed the scoring with a run in the sixth. The Knights out-hit the Pipers 16-to-14 in the contest but left a dozen runners on base, including eight in scoring position.
Carleton has little time to dwell on tonight’s outcome as the Knights welcome Bethel University to Mel Taube Field on Tuesday, April 30. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Live stats and live video will be available via Knights Online.