Rookies Pitch Baseball to Doubleheader Sweep

Rookies Pitch Baseball to Doubleheader Sweep

WHITEWATER, Wisconsin – Freshman Caleb Willert picked up the save in game one and earned the win in game two to lead the MSOE baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of Edgewood Sunday evening at UW-Whitewater's Miller Field.

The Raiders (15-14, 7-5 NACC) held on for a 6-5 win in game one before Willert and freshman Noah Davison combined to shut out the Eagles (7-18, 4-6 NACC) 2-0 in game two.

After throwing just six pitches to retired the final two batters of game one, Willert (3-2) got the start in the second game. He tossed 6.0 innings, scattering five hits and a pair of walks while striking out six. The reigning NACC Pitcher of the Week did not have a clean inning in the start but was rarely in danger as just one batter reached third base.

Davison went the final 3.0 innings for his first collegiate save. He picked up where Willert left off, striking out five and allowing one hit. An Eagle hitter reached in each of his three innings but just one got as far as second base.

Edgewood's starter seemed up for the task, as well, keeping the Raiders off the scoreboard over six innings on just three hits. MSOE finally broke through in the seventh inning after senior Owen Burnikel led off with a double. He moved up to third on a sacrifice bunt and, two batters later, came in to score on a wild pitch.

Junior Nick Gross made it 2-0 in the eighth inning, singling in a run to double the advantage. Senior Ryan Newman led off with an infield single. He moved up 90 feet on an errant pick-off attempt and came in to score on Gross' base hit to right field.

In the opener, freshman Brad Demkovich (4-1) was on top of his game, allowing just four hits and a run over 7.0 innings. He struck out five and did not allow a base hit until the fifth inning nor a runner past third base until the sixth.

At the plate, MSOE took a while to get going before striking for runs in three consecutive innings midway through the game.

The Red & White loaded the bases in the fourth via a pair of walks and a single before freshman Nick Stricker singled in the first run of the game. Freshman Justin Bickman then led off the fifth inning with a double and came around to score on Newman's single. A pair of walks eventually loaded the bases and Newman was able to scamper home on a passed ball. Newman then drove in the fourth run of the game with a double in the sixth inning to make it 4-0.

The Raiders tacked on a pair of much-needed insurance runs in the eighth inning. Senior Max Kemp drew his fourth walk of the game and stole second base. He moved up to third on a single and then scored on a wild pitch. Bickman eventually walked and came around to make it 6-0 on the second of back-to-back singles, with freshman Julian Sonn driving him in.

Edgewood rallied late, scoring four times in the eighth inning and once in the ninth to pull within one. Willert then came on in relief with the tying run on third base and just one out. He struck out the first batter he faced and induced a game-ending ground out to end the game and pick up his second save of the season.

Newman had three hits in the opener while Bickman, Gross, and Stricker had two hits each.

The Raiders return to the field Tuesday with a non-league doubleheader with Maranatha.

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