MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Carleton College men’s baseball team couldn’t come through on the road against Augsburg College, dropping both ends of an afternoon doubleheader. Despite multiple RBI performances from Jeff Dsida (Jr./Winnetka, Ill./New Trier), Kevin Johnson (Jr./St. Anthony, Minn./DeLaSalle), and Cody Bohlman (Fy./Irvine, Calif./University High School), the Knights watched the Auggies walk-off for a 3-2 victory in game one then erase a six-run deficit to take game two by a final tally of 10-8.
Game one saw a pitching duel between Henry Rownd (Sr./Rochester, Minn./Lourdes) and the Augsburg starter Eren Cur. After four scoreless innings, Carleton (10-12, 0-6 MIAC) struck first in the fifth when Nolan Baker (So./Appleton, Wis./Appleton North) stroked an RBI single into left field to bring Bohlman across the plate. But the Auggies (16-7, 4-2 MIAC) returned the favor in the bottom half of the fifth frame to tie the ballgame up at 1-1.
Although Augsburg took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning on an RBI double from Louie LaChapelle, the Knights struck right back in the seventh. Needing a run to force keep the game going, Carleton turned a leadoff single from Baker into the game-tying tally. With Baker at second, David Reynolds (So./Medina, Minn./Wayzata) laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the potential tying run to third, and pinch hitter Adam Zweber (Sr./Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis) delivered an RBI sacrifice fly to knot the score up at 2-2.
Unfortunately for the Knights, their defense let them down in the bottom half of the frame. With one out, an error allowed the Auggies’ Gary Mariscal to reach base, and he eventually came around to score the winning run on a walkoff single from the third-baseman Gordon Kappers, giving Augsburg a 3-2 victory.
Game two had a much more offensive tone. Whereas game one featured strong outings on the mound from both starters, game two was a slugfest. Carleton got things going with a three-run first inning, and led 3-2 after the opening two frames. The Knights then tagged Augsburg for five in the top of the third, thanks in large part to a two-run double from Dsida.
The Auggies responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning and added a single tally in the fifth. Carleton still held an 8-6 advantage with just six outs left for the home team. The Knights defense, however, once again let them down. Carleton committed a total of seven errors in game two, including a couple crucial miscues in the bottom of the sixth leading to four unearned runs. Those tallies gave Augsburg a 10-8 lead, and Carleton was unable to create any more offense in seventh to salvage a split.
Carleton plays at Hamline University on Monday, April 29. First pitch at Midway Stadium is slated for 6:00 p.m.