WAVERLY, Iowa – Erik Fabry (Sr./Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview) continued his hot hitting with a three-hit day to help the Carleton College baseball team to earn a split during a non-conference doubleheader at Wartburg College. The Wartburg Knights prevailed 4-0 in game one, before the Carleton Knights responded with a 5-2 triumph in the nightcap.
The opener was scoreless until Wartburg (15-13) strung together a trio of two-out hits in the fourth inning to build a 2-0 advantage. The hosts added two unearned runs in the sixth frame against reliever Jackson Tears (So./Trabuco Canyon, Calif./JSerra) to round out the scoring.
Fabry and Kevin Johnson (So./St. Anthony, Minn./DeLaSalle) both had two hits in the contest, but Carleton (8-15) was 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Wartburg’s Ryan Powers had two hits and three RBI.
The visitors got off to similar start in game two, loading the bases with none out in the first, but the next three hitters were retired. Kiyota Gomi (Sr./Dobbs Ferry, N.Y./Ardsley) did manage to bring a run home with his RBI groundout.
Things got better for Carleton in the second as the visitors sent nine batters to the plate and tacked on four more runs. Ray Yong (So./Elmhurst, Ill./York) and Alex Wirta (Sr./ Corte Madera, Calif./Redwood) delivered RBI singles, and Fabry chased home two more with a triple to right-centerfield as he lifted his team-best batting average to .382.
Wartburg got baserunners aboard in every frame, but a quartet of Carleton pitchers limited the hosts to just two runs, an unearned tally in the second inning and another score in the fourth.
Henry Rownd (Jr./Rochester, Minn./Lourdes) worked the front 3.0 innings, his longest outing in more than a year. Reliever Nolan Baker (Fy./Appleton, Wis./Appleton North) was credited with his first collegiate victory after tossing 2.0 shutout frames, and Johnson recorded his initial save of the season.
Carleton is slated to host Crown College for another non-conference double-dip on Monday, April 16. First pitch is set for 2:30 p.m. Knights Online will have a live broadcast of both games.