BELOIT, Wisconsin – The MSOE baseball team suffered a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Beloit, 7-3 and 9-8, Sunday afternoon at Strong Stadium.
The Raiders (8-7) fell behind early in game one after the Buccaneers (9-6) scored four times in the first inning. MSOE then jumped out to a 7-0 lead in game two only to see the hosts mount a comeback over the final six innings.
The Red & White offense knocked out 12 hits and scored eight runs but found errors to be the team's undoing with four errors leading to five unearned runs.
Senior Garrett Willems led the way with three hits and was one of four hitters with two RBIs in the game. Seniors Ryan Newman and Jimmy Carrington, and freshman Julian Sonn had a pair of hits and two RBIs each. Senior Owen Burnikel had a double for the game's lone extra-base as part of his two-hit outing.
Each of the first six hitters of the game reached base. Carrington had an RBI single, Sonn drove in a run on an error, and Willems made it three-straight run-scoring at-bats with a two-run single to make it 4-0.
Burnikel led off the second inning with a double and scored quickly when Newman followed with a single. Junior Nick Gross singled and both runners moved up on a passed ball. Carrington then plated a run with a ground out and Sonn singled in another run to make it 7-0.
MSOE put at least one runner on base in eight of the nine innings but could not add to its total until the ninth inning. Meanwhile, the Bucs slowly worked their way back into the game with two-run innings in the third and the fifth frames.
Beloit tacked on a single run in the sixth inning to make it 7-5 and took the lead with four unearned runs in the eighth inning for a 9-7 advantage. The Raiders looked to rally in the ninth inning but they could only push across a single run with Newman singling in a run with two outs after a walk and an error.
Freshman Brad Demkovich got the start and went 6.0 innings, allowing nine hits and four earned runs. He struck out two and walked a pair. Sophomore Nathan Tremore (0-1) suffered the loss, despite allowing just a pair of hits and a walk over 2.0 innings of work. He fanned three batters.
In game one, the Buccaneers staked themselves to a 5-0 lead after their big first inning and another run in the fifth. MSOE got on the board with a run in the sixth inning when Sonn was hit by a pitch and Willems followed with a single.
The home team would cancel out that run with a run of its own in the sixth and make it a six-run advantage with another score in the eighth.
The Raiders once again showed some fight in their final at-bat, leading off the frame with back-to-back walks. A fielder's choice allowed one run to score but saw another runner thrown out at third after an error. After a balk, Newman hit a home run over the fence but was met with bad luck, having been called out for missing first base. One run did score on the play, leaving the bases empty with two outs and a four-run deficit remaining. BC then got a fly out to end the game.
Freshman Caleb Willert (1-2) started and threw 6.0 innings. He got into a groove after the tough first inning, scattering four hits an unearned run over his final 5.0 innings of work. He struck out four and walked two in the game. Freshman Noah Davison tossed 0.1 inning of relief and junior Matt Mohapp struck out two over the final 1.2 innings to close out the game.
The Raiders return to action next Saturday with a doubleheader at UW-Oshkosh.