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Knights swept by Scots in MIAC finale

May 4, 2019 at 10:33 pm
Paul Hinton
Paul Hinton
Photo: Liesl Helminiak '19

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Carleton College baseball team could not slow down the high-powered offense of Macalester College as the Knights dropped both ends of the final doubleheader of the MIAC season, falling 10-2 and 14-4 (7 innings).

The Scots (19-18, 10-10) rank third among MIAC teams in scoring this season and totaled 24 runs on 30 hits on the day.

GAME 1 RECAP
After being retired 1-2-3 in the first inning, Macalester scored in four of the next five frames, totaling 15 hits, eight of them good for extra bases. Left fielder Soren Roe was the biggest thorn in the side of the Knights (12-21, 7-13 MIAC) as he smacked three doubles and hit a home run.

Meanwhile righthander Matthew Plisko kept Carleton hitless until Travis Brown (St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville) singled to start the top of the sixth inning. The sophomore outfielder stole second, advanced to third on one groundout, and scored on another.

The Knights added an unearned run in the seventh off the Macalester bullpen.

GAME 2 RECAP
The Knights looked to put game one behind them when Paul Hinton (Fy./Omaha, Neb./Millard Prep) opened the second contest with a single to center field, and Jacob Small (Fy./Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley) immediately followed with a RBI double to left-center.

Macalester took the lead via a three-run home run from Michael Moreno in the third inning, and Michael Helton added a two-run shot in the fourth to put the hosts up 5-1.

The Knights answered back in their next turn at bat. Cayten Gardner (Fy./Claremont, Calif./Claremont) drew a leadoff walk and scored on a triple by Hinton, who in turn waltzed home on Jacob Smith’s (Fy./McKinleyville, Calif./McKinleyville) single. Brendon Fischel (Sr./Eureka, Calif./Eureka) scored the third Carleton run of the frame when he came home via Matt Rubin’s (Sr./Hawthorne, N.Y./Westlake) bunt.

It was still a 5-4 game heading into the bottom of the seventh, but the Scots put the contest away with a 9-run outburst.

Hinton finished the game 3-for-4, while Smith was 2-for-2 with two walks.

UP NEXT FOR THE KNIGHTS
Carleton closes the season with a non-conference doubleheader at University of Minnesota-Morris on Sunday, May 5. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m.