LINCOLN, Neb. — The Carleton College baseball team received a stellar outing from starter Jack Violetta (So./Green Bay, Wis./Bay Port) and notched a come-from-behind victory, topping host Nebraska Wesleyan University, 3-2 in 10 innings. Violetta improved to 2-0 this season as he collected eight strikeouts without a walk over his 9.0 innings on the hill.
The Knights (6-4) got on the scoreboard in the opening inning. With one out, Willie Freimuth (Fy./Waunakee, Wis./Waunakee) was hit by a pitch, advanced to third on the first of Hayden Tsutsui’s (So./Northridge, Calif./Chatsworth) two singles on the day, and scored on a wild pitch. Carleton threatened again in second and third innings but stranded a runner in scoring position both times.
Meanwhile, after escaping a first-inning jam, Violetta found his rhythm and fanned four consecutive batters during the second and third innings. The Prairie Wolves solved the southpaw for a run in the fourth, but the Carleton defense sniffed out an attempted double-steal and nailed a runner at home plate to keep the score knotted at 1-1 for the time being.
Nebraska Wesleyan grabbed the lead with another tally in the fifth inning, but Violetta picked up a pair of strikeouts to limit the damage.
The tying run went onto the Carleton side of the ledger in the top of the sixth. A two-out pinch-hit single by Jeff Dsida (Sr./Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) helped Nolan Baker (Jr./Appleton, Wis./Appleton North) score from second base.
Neither team could break through until David Stillerman (Sr./Evanston, Ill./Evanston) got the Knights’ 10th-inning rally started when his double kicked up chalk along the left-field line. The Carleton leadoff hitter advanced to third on Freimuth’s sacrifice bunt and scored via Tsutsui’s flyball to right field.
Jackson Tears (Sr./Trabuco Canyon, Calif./JSerra) took over on the hill for the Knights in the bottom of the inning and worked around a two-out hit batter to record his second career save.
The victory was also win No. 114 for Aaron Rushing at the helm of the Knights, tying him with legendary skipper Mel Taube for most in the the 132-year history of Carleton baseball.
Carleton’s home doubleheader slated for Saturday, March 29 against Augsburg College has already been postponed due to unplayable field conditions. No makeup date has been announced. Fans are encouraged to check Knights Online throughout the spring for the latest scheduling information.