AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Alec Lawler (Jr./Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Shanghai American School) yielded only one run over 6.0 innings and Austin Heuer (So./Elk River, Minn./Elk River) added 3.0 scoreless frames out of the bullpen as the Carleton College baseball team began its week in Florida with a 2-1 triumph over Loras College.
“I was really impressed with our effort today,” said Carleton head coach Aaron Rushing. “To play like that coming off of finals week and a long travel day speaks volumes about the character of our guys.”
Loras had the initial rally of the game, getting a runner to second base with two out in the second innings. Carleton infielder Josh Small (Fy./Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley) saved a run with his diving stop of a grounder, and although the Knights (3-2) did not get an out on the play, Small’s stab kept the runner from advancing past third base, and Lawler later induced an inning-ending grounder to thwart the threat.
Carleton got on the scoreboard in its half of the second stanza when Matt Rubin (So./Hawthorne, N.Y./Westlake) fouled off several tough two-strike pitchers before finally driving a RBI double to right centerfield to chase home Luke Curtis (Sr./Appleton, Wis./Appleton West).
The Duhawks knotted the score with a two-out run in the top of the sixth, but Carleton regained the advantage in the seventh. Willie Freimuth (Sr./Waunakee, Wis./Waunakee) opened the inning with a single through the right side, moved up on Small’s sacrifice bunt, advanced on a groundout, and scored via a wild pitch.
Heuer was able to make that second run stand up thanks in part to battery mate Keenan Moore (Fy./Minneapolis, Minn./De La Salle), who nabbed would-be basestealers in both the seventh and eighth innings. Loras put two runners aboard in the ninth, but Heuer recorded a flyout and strikeout to end the contest.
Wilson Battle (Fy./Salt Lake City, Utah/Skyline Senior) joined Rubin and Freimuth in posting multi-hit games for the Knights. Heuer was effectively wild as he walked five but tossed 3.0 scoreless frames in improving to 1-1 this season.
Carleton will play a doubleheader against Crown College on Sunday, March 19.