TUCSON, Ariz. — The Carleton College baseball team split a pair of games on Monday, avenging an earlier setback with a 13-7 triumph over Luther College before dropping a 9-4 decision to No. 13 Carthage College.
The Knights (4-4), who had absorbed a 4-3 setback against Luther on Saturday, pounded out 15 hits en route to a season-best 13 runs in the morning game. Patrick Philley (Sr./Gig Harbor, Wash./Charles Wright Academy) and Ray Yong (So./Elmhurst, Ill./York) each had four RBI for Carleton. Anderson Cole (So./Aspen, Colo.) picked up his first victory of the season, tossing seven innings.
Yong delivered a two-run triple in the opening frame to get the Knights on the scoreboard first. Carleton tacked on two more runs in the third inning with a run-scoring three-bagger off the bat of Erik Fabry (Sr./Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview) followed by a RBI single David Stillerman (So./Evanston, Ill.).
The Knights scored six more times in the fourth frame, expanding their lead to double digits. Both Yong and Stillerman drew bases-loaded walks, and Philley contributed a two-run single.
The Norse solved Cole (1-1) for two runs apiece in the fifth and sixth innings. The Carleton starter scattered eight hits over his 7.0 innings on the bump with four strikeouts
Luther scored three additional runs in the eighth inning against the Carleton bullpen to narrow the deficit to six runs before the contest was called due to weather conditions.
After a few hours off, the Knights were back on the field under the lights at the Kino Sports Complex to face nationally-ranked Carthage.
The Red Men (2-1) grabbed the early lead, scoring two unearned runs in the opening frame against Carleton starter Danny Shields (So./Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels). Shields would pitch 6.0 innings, giving up four runs—only two earned—on six hits.
Meanwhile, Carthage starter Alex Newberry was mowing down Carleton hitters, striking out 11 hitters in his first seven innings of work.
However, Newberry ran into trouble in the eighth inning, exiting the game after Kiyota Gomi’s (Sr./Dobbs Ferry, N.Y./Ardsley) RBI single up the middle. After a pitching change, Alex Wirta (Sr./Corte Madera, Calif./Redwood) followed suit with another single up middle that plated two runs. Carleton tied up the game when Carthage right fielder misplayed Jeff Dsida’s (So./Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) single allowing Wirta to score from first.
The Red Men would answer back in the bottom half of the inning, scrapping together five runs against Carleton reliever Nolan Baker (Fy./Appleton, Wis./Appleton North) to secure the victory.
Gametime temperatures for both contests were in the mid 40s, a far cry from the high 70s enjoyed back on campus in Minnesota.
Carleton will take the field again on Wednesday, March 21 against two different opponents. The Knights will take on No. 9 Eastern Connecticut State University at 9 a.m. local time followed by a 1 p.m. first pitch vs. Nebraska Wesleyan University.