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Result: L 0-4, L 2-6 (9 inn.)

Baseball hosts University of St. Thomas

Sunday, April 29th, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - Mel Taube Field

Close but no cigar as Knights fall twice to Tommies

Owen Riley
Owen Riley
Photo: Matt Bolte

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Carleton College baseball team absorbed a pair of narrow losses to visiting University of St. Thomas on Sunday, falling 4-0 and 6-2 (9 inn.). Both games entered the final frame with the scored tied or the Knights trailing by only one run.

St. Thomas plated a run in the top of the first on a safety squeeze, and that would be the only run yielded by Wilson Battle (Salt Lake City, Utah/Skyline Senior). The sophomore righthander pitched a terrific ball game, allowing only four hits through 6.0 innings. He also added a 2-for-3 performance at the plate in game one.

The Tommies tacked on three insurance runs in the seventh off the Carleton bullpen.

Grant Gunderson twirled a three-hitter for St. Thomas and notched his second victory of the season.

Game two was another pitchers’ duel and needed two extra innings to determine the winner.

A trio of Tommie miscues led to the first Carleton run. Matt Rubin (Jr./Hawthorne, N.Y./Westlake) struck out but reached first on an error by the catcher. The Knights leftfielder advanced 90 feet on a passed ball and eventually came home via a wild pitch.

Owen Riley (So./New York, N.Y./Trinity School) made the lead hold up until St. Thomas fashioned the equalizer in the top of the fifth inning. Riley permitted only the lone run over his 5.0 innings of work.

Chris Lasch (So./South Newfane, Vt./Northfield Mount Hermon) put the Knights back in front in the bottom of the fifth inning, driving home Patrick Jorling (So./Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) with an RBI single.

The lead did not last long, as St. Thomas knotted the game at two runs apiece with a two-out run in the sixth.

Rubin kept the score tied 2-2 as he collected a pair of outfield assists in the seventh inning. He threw out Jake Smith trying to stretch a leadoff single into a double. The inning ended with the score still deadlocked after Rubing gunned down Hunter Hart at home plate.

Carleton threatened in the bottom of the eighth, but St. Thomas wriggled free. The Tommies were able to score four runs in the top of the ninth inning and eventually earned the 6-2 victory.

The Knights are back in action on Tuesday, May 1, when the take on Augsburg University at Mel Taube Field. First pitch for that doubleheader is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Knights Online will provide a live video stream and live stats of both games.