WINONA, Minn. — After watching a three-run lead evaporate in the final inning of a 9-8, game one loss, the Carleton College baseball team was able to shake off the setback and rebound for a 4-3 triumph in game two. Hayden Tsutsui (So./Northridge, Calif./Chatsworth) hit two home runs on the day and collected five RBI.
Today’s results leave Carleton at 6-4 in MIAC play at the midpoint of the conference schedule. That already matches last year’s win total in league play and leaves the Knights only two victories shy of their overall win total from a year ago.
Game one on Thursday was a back-and-forth affair. The Cardinals plated a trio of runs in the bottom of the first, only to see the Knights push across two unearned tallies in the second and another two-out run in the third to knot the score at 3-3.
Carleton moved ahead on Tsutsui’s first home run of the day, a three-run shot that cleared the left-field wall and was the sixth roundtripper of his career.
The two sides plated a single run in each of their next two turns at bat, so the Knights carried an 8-5 lead into the final frame.
The Cardinals started the rally with a single, double, and a sacrifice fly. Two more doubles followed, and the game was knotted, 8-8. One batter later, Saint Mary’s had runners on second and third and still only one out.
The Knights attempted to issue an intentional walk that would load the bases and create a forceout at home plate and also re-instate the possibility of a game-ending double play. However ball four sailed past the catcher, permitting the winning tally to score on a wild pitch.
Jeff Dsida (Sr./Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) was 3-for-4 with three RBI, while Nolan Baker (Jr./Appleton, Wis./Appleton North) went 3-for-3 with two runs driven in.
The Knights, recovered to take game two, thanks in part to big contributions by those two.
Carleton scratched out a run in the top of the second when Kevin Johnson (Sr./St. Anthony, Minn./DeLaSalle) singled and came around on Josh Zoellmer (Sr./Richfield, Minn./Richfield) base knock.
The score remained 1-0 until the fifth inning. Dsida opened the frame with his second career home run, a solo shot to right. After David Stillerman (Sr./Evanston, Ill./Evanston) singled, Tsutsui went deep again, this one down the left-field line.
Baker took the mound in game two and started strong, limiting Saint Mary’s to just two singles over the front four innings. He ran into a bit of trouble in the bottom of the fifth, however, yielding a single, hit batter, and a three-run home run. The righthander settled down and allowed only one more single over his final 3.1 innings as he improved to 3-1 on the season.
When the Knights carried a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth, the Cardinals threatened once more, placing the tying and go-ahead runs on base with one out. Jordan Zoellmer (So./Richfield, Minn./Richfield) was summoned from the Carleton bull pen and retired the next two batters to escape that jam. He then tossed a scoreless ninth for his second save of the season.
Dsida, Tsutsui, and Cody Bohlman (So./Irvine, Calif./University High School) had two hits apiece to pace the Knights’ 10-hit attack.
Carleton returns home to host Saint John’s University for a doubleheader on Saturday, April 19. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.