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Result: W 11-5, W 2-1

Baseball hosts Martin Luther College

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 – 3:00 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - Mel Taube Field

Offensive outburst, Matt Stamets’ gem lead Knights to sweep of Martin Luther

By Ryan Casperson'18
Matt Stamets
Matt Staments struck out 16 batters in a complete-game effort.
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

NORTHFIELD, Minn. — Matt Stamets (Fy./Bloomington, Ill./University) will have a difficult time improving upon his first career start as the rookie accumulated 16 strikeouts and earned his first collegiate win in game two to help the Carleton College baseball team sweep visiting Martin Luther College, 11-5 and 2-1.

GAME 1 RECAP:
The Carleton bats awoke from their slumber in the first game of this double header as seven

players had multi-hit games. The hosts reached double figures in scoring for the sixth time this season but first sine March 22.

Carleton kicked off the scoring in the third inning on back to back RBI singles by Griffin Bolte (Sr./Portland, Ore./Lincoln) and Wilson Battle (So./Salt Lake City, Utah/Skyline Senior). These singles gave Carleton an early 2-0 lead.

After a 1-2-3 top of the fourth, Carleton pounced once again at the plate, scoring five runs on six hits, with RBI’s coming from five different hitters, including Battle and Bolte, to increase their lead to 7-0.

Martin Luther answered convincingly in the top of the fifth inning. They were able to put across five runs on five hits. Reliever Ben Frerichs (Sr./Alexandria, Va./St. Stephens and St. Agnes) was summoned from the pen and was able to get the hosts out of the inning, stranding three runners on base.

Carleton added two more runs in the fifth inning on a single by Bolte, which gave him a career high-tying 4 RBI and increased the lead to 9-5. The home team also struck for two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, bringing the game to its final score of 11-5 in favor of Carleton.

Joe Liesman (So./Pelham, N.Y./Pelham Memorial) picked up his first career win in game one, striking out a career-best six batters of 4.0 innings on the bump. Frerichs tossed 3.0 shutout frames, and the senior picked up his first career save.

GAME 2 RECAP:
Game two was the Matt Stamets Show for Carleton. He made his first career start and tossed a three-hit career complete game to earn his first collegiate win. The rookie racked up 16 strikeouts, the most by a MIAC pitcher since at least the 2013 season. The 16 Ks tie Stamets for fourth in NCAA Division III thus far in the season. He struck out the side in the second, fourth, and sixth innings.

It is a good thing Stamets was as sharp as he was, as the Carleton bats were much quieter in game two. However, they came up with runs when it mattered.

Carleton started the scoring in the second frame as Zane Johann (So./Berkeley, Calif./College Preparatory School) walked with the bases loaded to drive in Battle who had doubled earlier in the inning. Martin Luther answered back with an unearned run in the top of the third, bringing the score to 1-1.

Carleton answered back in the bottom of the third inning. Austin Heuer (Jr./Elk River, Minn./Elk River) doubled deep into the left center field gap to drive in Bolte, putting Carleton up for good, 2-1.

UP NEXT FOR CARLETON:
The Knights are back in action on Saturday, May 5, when they take on the visiting Concordia College Cobbers at Mel Taube Field. First pitch on Senior Day is slated for 1:00 p.m. Knights online will feature live video/stats for both games.