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Result: L 1-2 (8 inn.) / L 1-17

Baseball vs. University of St. Thomas

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - Mel Taube Field

Knights Fall to Tommies on Senior Day

Sean Kelly
Sean Kelly
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

NORTHFIELD, Minn.-- The sun shined brightly and the Carleton College baseball team enjoyed senior day in near perfect weather conditions Saturday afternoon at Mel Taube Field, but the Knights could not overcome a strong performance from first-place St. Thomas, as Carleton dropped game one in 2-1 in extra innings before the Tommies opened the floodgates for a 17-1 triumph in game two.

The day started with promise for the Knights as senior Sean Kelly (Washington, D.C./Woodrow Wilson) kept the Tommie bats at bay in the opener, throwing seven stellar innings, while allowing five hits and one run. After allowing a one-out walk in the top of the third, Kelly only allowed three base runners over the next four frames to hold off the Tommie attack.

After failing to register much offense during the opening part of the game, the Carleton offense came to life in the bottom of the seventh. Wilson Battle (Fy./Salt Lake City, Utah/Syline) started things off with a leadoff double to deep left field. After a sacrifice bunt by Jack Atterberry (Sr./Chatham, Ill./Glenwood) moved Battle over to third, Brandon Fischel (So./Eureka, Calif.) brought Battle home with an RBI single to tie the score at 1-1 to force extra innings.

After St. Thomas struck pay dirt with a run in the top half of the eighth, the Knights couldn't capitalize on a one-out single from Patrick Jorling (Fy./Bethesda, Md./Johnson) in the bottom half of the inning and fell by a final of 2-1.

St. Thomas (18-11, 10-2 MIAC) carried the momentum over into the second half of the double header, scoring 11 runs combined during the first two innings to open up a lead too big for the Knights to overcome.

Ben Frerichs (Jr./Alexandria, Va./St. Tephens and St. Agnes) combined with Logan Crowl (Jr./Chicago, Ill./University of Chicago Lab) to work 3.1 innings of shutout relief.

Saturday's game marked senior day, as the Knights honored four members of the senior class, Kelly, Atterberry, Luke Curtis (Appleton, Wis./West) and Willie Freimuth (Waunakee, Wis.) for their contributions to the program during the last four years.

UP NEXT: Carleton hosts Saint Mary's for a doubleheader at Mel Taube Field on Tuesday, April 25. First pitch is slated for 2:30 p.m., and Knights Online will provide live video/stats of both games.