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Knights Miss Chance for Sweep, Settle for Split Against St. Thomas

April 2, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Photo Gallery by Andrew Walters '11

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – After winning the first game, 6-3, the Carleton College baseball team had to settle for a split as the University of St. Thomas rallied for a 3-2 triumph in the nightcap of the conference-opening doubleheader at Mel Taube Field.

The Knights (4-10, 1-1 MIAC) got solid pitching in both contests. Jacob Anderson (Sr./Anoka, Minn./Anoka) recorded his first career complete game in winning the opener. He allowed six hits with a walk and two strikeouts as he evened his record at 1-1. Anderson got stronger as the game wore on, setting down 13 of the final 14 Tommies he faced.

Carleton erased a pair of deficits in game one, with Ben Walsh's (Fy./New Canaan, Conn./St. Paul School) two-out, two-run double in the third inning completing the comeback. The Knights plated five of their six runs with two out.

It appeared for a while that Carleton might pull off the sweep of the Tommies (5-10, 1-1 MIAC), a feat the Knights last accomplished in 1991. Jeff Dsida (Fy./Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) pushed the Knights in front with a two-out single in the third, and starting pitcher Paul Dimick (Jr./Northfield, Minn./Northfield) was doing his best to make it stand up.

The Tommies got a run back in the fourth and in the sixth, J.D. Dorgan delivered a two-out pinch-hit single that knotted the score, 2-2. After a walk to the number nine hitter, Carleton went to the bullpen and put the game in the hands of Jackson Tears (Fy./Trabuco Canyon, Calif./JSerra).

The rookie righthander induced a dribbler from St. Thomas leadoff hitter Matt McQuillan, but Tears bobbled the ball and slipped, permitting the go-ahead run to race home.

“It was great to see the guys play well today.  The only disappointment was that we didn't end up with a sweep,” said Carleton Head Coach Aaron Rushing. “A pitch here or an at bat there could've made all the difference. It's one of the great things about playing in the MIAC. Everyone brings their best game every day.

“If we play like that all year, it'll be a lot of fun to go out to the ball park each day.”

The Knights host Saint Mary’s University on Wednesday, April 6 a 2:20 p.m.