NORTHFIELD, Minn. – On Senior Day, Paul Dimick (Sr./Northfield, Minn./Northfield) tossed a three-hit shutout to earn Carleton College a split in its doubleheader against Macalester College. The visitors took the opener, 8-2, but the Knights responded with a 2-0 victory in the nightcap.
Carleton (13-20, 5-11 MIAC) grabbed the lead early in game one. Ray Yong (So./Elmhurst, Ill./York) led off the bottom of the first with a double, advanced to third on Kiyota Gomi’s (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y./Ardsley) single to shallow left field, and trotted home on a sacrifice fly by Alex Wirta (Corte Madera, Calif./Redwood).
The Scots (19-18, 9-9 MIAC) scored twice in the third, two more in the fourth, and put the contest away with a four-run fifth inning against the Knight bullpen.
Yong, Gomi, Patrick Philley (Gig Harbor, Wash./Charles Wright Academy), and Kevin Johnson (So./St. Anthony, Minn./DeLaSalle) each had multi-hit games, but the clutch hits were too few and too far between as the Knights stranded nine baserunners, going a combined 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
Dimick, Gomi, Philley, and Wirta along with classmates Erik Fabry (Sr./Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview) and Clay Parrish (Sr./Westport, Conn./Staples) were recognized during a special on-field ceremony between games.
“It's amazing that these guys are already seniors,” said Carleton head coach Aaron Rushing. “All six have been huge contributors in one of the most successful stretches of baseball that Carleton has ever seen. They are an absolute pleasure to coach. They're all tremendous players, but more importantly great young men who are destined to do great things after their work on the diamond is complete.”
Determined to pitch the Knights to victory in their final home MIAC game of the season, Dimick (3-6) carried a perfect game into the fourth inning, struck out five overall, did not walk a batter, and scattered a trio of singles in recording his first career shutout.
Macalester’s C.J. Smith kept the Knights off the scoreboard until the bottom of the fifth when Johnson reached on a fielder’s choice and raced home on a Yong double to center.
After Dimick set down the Scots in order in the sixth, Carleton tallied an insurance run thanks to a Macalester miscue. Jeff Dsida (So./Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) scored from second with Nolan Baker’s (Fy./Appleton, Wis./Appleton North) fly ball to left center was dropped.
Dimick would not be denied the victory and tossed a perfect final inning to close out his seventh career complete game. “What a great way for Dimick to go out in his last home start,” said Rushing. “He's thrown so well for all four years, he deserved a game like that one.”
The Knights travel to Bethel University on Wednesday, May 2. Carleton then returns home to host Central College (Iowa) for a pair of non-conference affairs on Saturday, May 5 before closing out the season the following day at Saint Mary’s University.