AUBURNDALE, Florida – The MSOE baseball team hit three home runs and senior Jimmy Carrington became the program's all-time leader in RBIs in a 13-6 victory over Neumann Thursday morning on Florida.
The Raiders (3-3) scored four times in the second and six times in the third to hand the Knights (5-1) their first loss of the season.
Carrington finished the game with four RBIs to push his career total to 99 and surpass Brad Draeger's (1997-00) career total of 98. Carrington's three-run home run in the second inning pushed him past Draeger.
Sophomore Sam Swan led off the game with a triple and Carrington plated him two batters later with a single to get on the scoreboard first.
Neumann answered back with a two-run double in the bottom half of the inning to take a 2-1 lead.
Gross immediately tied the game in the top of the second inning, pulling his homer to left field. A hit batter and a walk set up Carrington with a pair of runners on base. He followed with his home run to left field to open a 5-2 Raider lead.
The Knights battled back to tie the game with a three-run second inning before MSOE erupted for six runs in the top of the third.
Each of the first six batters reached base safely via three walks, two singles, and a hit batter, and each of the hitters came around to score. Senior Max Kemp had an RBI single and sophomore Joe Gilpin followed with a two-run base hit. Senior Ryan Newman reached on an error, driving in a run in the process, and Gilpin scored on a wild pitch two batters later. Freshman Julian Sonn then made it 11-5 with another run-scoring single.
Neumann would pull a run back in the fifth but the score remained 11-6 heading into the later innings. Willems hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning and Swan drove in a run with a fielder's choice in the ninth to cap the scoring.
Freshman Kyle Jablonski (1-0) picked up the win in his first collegiate appearance on the mound. He tossed 5.0 innings in relief, scattering five hits and allowing just one unearned run. He struck out three and walked one. Junior Matt Mohapp started the game and threw 4.0 innings with three strikeouts.
Carrington, Swan, Gross, Kemp, and Gilpin each had two hits in the game while Swan reached four times in the game with two walks.
The Raiders wrap up their Florida trip Friday against Concordia-Moorhead. First pitch is at 8 a.m. central time.