St. Peter, Minn. -- Infielder Jay Melson (Jr./Cottage Grove, Minn./Park) continues to swing a hot bat, going 4-for-6 on the day with two doubles and a home run. Unfortunately it was not enough as the Carleton Knights were swept at Gustavus Adolphus on Wednesday.
Melson has hit safely in 9-of his last-10 games, as he is batting .571 (16-for-28) since April 8. Over that span, he’s totaled six doubles, three home runs, 10 RBI and nine walks with only one strikeout.
Rookie Michael Servis (East Lansing, Mich.) absorbed the loss in the opener as Carleton dropped a 13-4 decision. Gustavus jumped out in front with a seven-run third inning.
The Knights tried to answer back in the top of the fourth. Melson led off the inning with an opposite-field long ball. He is now second in the conference with five homers, one behind Hamline’s Andrew Bennett.
One out later, Rob Trettin (Jr./Superior, Wis.) drove a pitch over the centerfield fence for his first home run of the season and third of his career.
Zach Miller (Fy./Clayton, Mo.) added an RBI groundout later in the frame, and rookie Jacob Anderson (Ramsey, Minn./Anoka) singled home a run in the fifth. Ultimately, it was not enough to overcome the Gusties 15-hit attack.
The hosts opened game two by scoring five unearned runs in the opening frame. The Knights attempted a comeback in the third as Miller doubled and scored on Grant Bowen’s (Fy./Duxbury, Mass.) RBI single.
The Gusties had four additional multi-run innings en route to a 24-1 triumph. Dan Matthews (So./Tulas, Okla./Holland Hall) took the loss in game two.
With the victories, the Gusties (16-8, 8-0 MIAC) extended their win streak to eight games, all coming during conference play. Carleton slipped to 9-17 overall (2-8 MIAC).
The Knights return home and host Bethel University at 1 p.m. on Sat., April 19.