TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Carleton College baseball team found itself down early and was unable to battle all the way back against No. 18 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, eventually falling by a score of 10-6. The Knights (4-3) were led by Hayden Tsutsui (Fy./Northridge, Calif./Chatsworth) who recorded four of the team’s 14 hits and drove in two runs. Nolan Baker (So./Appleton, Wis./Appleton North) also contributed, notching a season-high three hits and surrendering only one earned run over 2.2 innings of relief on the mound.
For the second day in a row, the Knights fell behind early. UW-La Crosse (5-2) scored seven runs on eight hits over the front two innings, including a three-run home run by Adam Cordova in the top of the first. Carleton had an opportunity to immediately respond but left the bases loaded in the bottom of the stanza.
After the early struggles, Carleton starting pitcher Henry Rownd (Sr./Rochester, Minn./ Lourdes) settled in, blanking the Eagles over the next four frames. He totaled six strikeouts over 6.1 innings of work.
The Carleton bats awoke in the fifth inning, as the Knights scored three runs on three hits and a walk. Ray Yong (Jr./Elmhurst, Ill./York) started the inning off with a line drive single through the right side. Carleton then loaded the bases on a walk to Jeff Dsida (Jr./Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) and a single by Baker. All three would score in the inning thanks to a wild pitch, a RBI ground out by Tsutsui, and a two-out single by David Stillerman (Jr./Evanston, Ill./Evanston).
The Eagles added a run in each of the last three frames to take a 10-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth. The Knights tallied three more runs, but this proved to be too little, too late. Yong again started the rally with a single. After a ground out advanced him to second, Carleton rattled off four straight hits to push across the final runs of the game.
The Knights are back in action at Kino Sports Complex on Thursday, March 21, at 3:00 p.m. MST (5:00 p.m. CDT), when they face off against Carthage College.