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Knights swept by Cardinals

April 28, 2017 at 11:00 pm
Brendon Fischel
Brendon Fischel
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – After three days of postponements due to rain and unseasonably cool temperatures, the Carleton College baseball team finally got back on the diamond on Friday afternoon. The bats took a little longer than normal to get going as the Knights ended up dropping a pair of games to visiting Saint Mary’s University, 4-0 and 4-2.

In game one, Carleton’s Austin Heuer (So./Elk River, Minn./Elk River) turned in another solid outing as he held the Cardinals (16-17, 6-8 MIAC) without a hit until the fifth inning, but that performance was overshadowed by the one turned in by Cardinals right-hander R.J. Brown, who tossed his second no-hitter of the season, this one a 7.0-inning effort with three walks and three strikeouts. Saint Mary’s scored twice in the fifth and two more in the sixth to secure the 4-0 victory.

The Knights (9-21, 2-12 MIAC) got the bats going in game two, and had numerous scoring chance but found clutch hits scarce as Carleton stranded 12 baserunners, including nine in scoring position.

Saint Mary’s scratched out an unearned run in the top of the first before Brendon Fischel (So./Eureka, Calif./Eureka) tied the contest with a RBI double in the bottom of the frame. Fischel pushed the Knights in front, 2-1, with a RBI groundout in the fifth, but the Cardinals scored another run without the benefit of in the sixth to knot the score again.

In the seventh, Jake Barry—the MIAC’s leader in home runs this season—belted a two-run shot, his 10th roundtripper of the season to provide the winning margin. Carleton had scoring chances in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings but came up empty each time and absorbed the 4-2 setback.

Willie Freimuth (Sr./Waunakee, Wis./Waunakee) reached base four times in game two as he was twice hit by a pitch, walked, and had a single. Wilson Battle (Fy./Salt Lake City, Utah/Skyline Senior) collected a game-high three hits in the nightcap and contributed 4.0 frames of one-run ball on the mound. Reliever Ben Frerichs (Jr./Alexandria, Va./St. Stephens and St. Agnes) continued his strong season as the junior has now yielded only one earned run over his last 16.2 innings for a 0.54 ERA since March 22.

UP NEXT FOR THE KNIGHTS: Carleton visits Augsburg College and Parade Stadium in Minneapolis for a 1 p.m. twinbill on Sunday, April 30.

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