TUCSON, Ariz. – After surrendering late leads in the past two games, the Carleton College baseball team made sure to close the door Saturday afternoon, prevailing by a score of 17-11 against Wesleyan University. Bolstered by strong offensive efforts from Adam Zweber (Sr./Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis) and Hayden Tsutsui (Fy./Northridge, Calif./Chatsworth), the Knights racked up 20 hits to earn a split in the season series against the Cardinals. Zweber finished the day with three hits, including a towering home run to right center. Tsutsui added six hits and a home run of his own, but this one was of the inside-the-park variety.
The Knights (5-5) started quickly, as five of their first six hitters reached base, chasing Wesleyan’s starting pitcher midway through the first inning. With two outs, Zweber came to plate and launched his second collegiate home run to deep right center field to put the Knights ahead, 6-0.
Carleton starter Nolan Baker (So./Appleton, Wis./Appleton North) blanked the Cardinals (7-7) over the first two frames, but the Wesleyan offense awoke in the third, sending twelve hitters to the plate and claiming an 8-6 lead.
The Knights didn’t let the Cardinals stay ahead for long, as they responded with three runs in the top of the fourth. Tsutsui and Kevin Johnson (Jr./St. Anthony, Minn./DeLaSalle) each contributed RBI singles to take back the short-lived lead.
Anderson Cole (Jr./Aspen, Colo./Aspen) relieved Baker and limited Wesleyan to only three runs, two of them earned, over the final 6.2 innings. He overcame spots of shaky defense with two key strikeouts to pick up his second win of the season.
Over the final five innings of the contest, Carleton tallied 11 hits and plated eight more runs. The exclamation mark came when Tsutsui led off the ninth with an inside-the-park home run to the left-field corner.
Baker and Ray Yong (Jr./Elmhurst, Ill./York) also recorded multiple hits for the Knights, tallying three and four, respectively. The duo combined for six RBI and three runs scored.
The Knights look to continue their hot hitting tomorrow, March 24, against Middlebury College. First pitch is slated for noon MST (2 p.m. CDT) at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.