TUCSON, Ariz. — The Carleton College baseball team recorded its second victory against Carroll University in as many days as the Knights won Saturday’s matchup by a 5-3 score. Jack Violetta (So./Green Bay, Wis./Bay Port) allowed two earned runs over 8.0 innings of work to secure his first victory of the season and closer Jordan Zoellmer (So./Richfield, Minn./Richfield) threw a perfect inning to earn his first career save.
The Knights’ (2-3) offense looked poised to strike first again as catcher Jeff Dsida (Sr./Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) opened the contest with a triple, one of his four hits on the day. Dsida was stranded at third as Carleton failed to get the ball out of the infield, but the Knights broke through the following frame with a two out rally capped by plating runs on RBI singles from Cameron Webb (Sr./Portland, Ore./Lincoln) and Dsida.
The Knights offense continued to get runners on base throughout the middle innings but was unable to score again until the top of the seventh. Dsida again ignited the rally with a single before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt. Carroll fell behind in the count to Hayden Tsutsui (So./Northridge, Calif./Chatsworth), they intentionally walked him to reach Ray Yong (Sr./Elmhurst, Ill./York). The move backfired as the leftfielder delivered his fourth extra-base hit of the trip to chase home Dsida with the Knights’ third run. After a pitching change, Kevin Johnson’s (Sr./St. Anthony, Minn./DeLaSalle) infield single off the mound scored Tsutsui to make it 4-0.
Violetta kept the Pioneers' offense off balance the entire day as he didn’t allow a run until the seventh inning. Carroll closed to within 4-3 with a pair of tallies in the bottom of the eighth. Violetta struck out six during his outing and induced four infield pop-ups, including his last out of the day to work out of a jam with runners on first and third.
The Knights added an insurance run in the top of the ninth. David Stillerman (Sr./Evanston, Ill./Evanston) started the inning with a leadoff double before scoring on Tsutsui’s second hit of the contest.
Zoellmer was summoned from the pen and mowed through the top of the Pioneers’ lineup 1-2-3 for his first career save.
Carleton will try to even its season record when it returns to the field at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz. against Lawrence University on Sunday, March 23. First pitch is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. MST (1:00 p.m. CDT).