WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The Carleton College baseball team got back in the win column with a 3-2, 10-inning victory over Thomas College. Five Knights pitched 2.0 innings apiece and limited the Terriers to only five hits, setting the stage for Matt Rubin (So./Hawthorne, N.Y./Westlake) to race home with the winning run.
“Great job by the team after our only day off of the trip,” said Carleton head coach Aaron Rushing. “The boys brought a lot of energy to the field and had fun in a tight ball game.
“We weren't sure what our pitching plan was going to be, and I can't be more impressed. The collective effort of going 10 innings with only one earned run was indicative of what we are capable of. We needed a total team effort and definitely got it today.”
Carleton had runners aboard in every inning but was only able to cash in single tallies in the sixth, seventh, and 10th innings.
Thomas College scored the game’s first run without the benefit of a hit, using an error, groundout, wild pitch, and sacrifice fly to scratch out an unearned tally in the third frame.
After having a runner cut down at the plate earlier in the inning, Logan Crowl (Jr./Chicago, Ill./University of Chicago Lab School) got the Knights on the scoreboard with his RBI single in the sixth. An stanza later, Wilson Battle’s (Fy./Salt Lake City, Utah/Skyline Senior) sacrifice fly inched Carleton in front.
The Terriers knotted the score at 2-2 with run in the top of the eighth inning, then both teams added to the drama by stranding runners in scoring position during the ninth.
Playing extra innings for the first time this season, Rubin led off the 10th with a single and—after being sacrificed to third base—eventually scooted home when the Terriers misplayed Josh Small’s (Fy./Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley) grounder.
Small collected a game-high three hits to pace the Knights’ 11-hit attack. Jack Atterberry (Sr./Chatham, Ill./Glenwood) and Griffin Bolte (Jr./Portland, Ore./Lincoln) also had multi-hit affairs.
Owen Riley (Fy./New York, N.Y./Trinity School), Joe Liesman (Fy./Pelham, N.Y./Pelham Memorial), Luke Curtis (Sr./Appleton, Wis./Appleton West), and Willie Freimuth (Sr./Waunakee, Wis./Waunakee) each took their turns on the mound before Rushing handed the ball to Ben Frerichs (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephens and St. Agnes). The junior struck out a pair and tossed 2.0 scoreless frames of 1-hit ball for his first collegiate victory.
Carleton plays a doubleheader against Lawrence University on Thursday, March 23 with first pitch slated for 11:00 am EDT.