GLENDALE, Wis. –With the regular season winding down, the MSOE baseball team currently sits on the outside looking in when it comes to the NACC postseason tournament as they opened up play against Benedictine at Henry Aaron Field. A doubleheader sweep could have gone a long way in helping out their chances, but that wasn't in the cards. The Raiders remain one game back of Illinois Tech with six left to play thanks to a split with the Eagles on Thursday afternoon.
Game One (11 innings)
Benedictine – 7
MSOE Raiders – 8
Benedictine – 6
MSOE Raiders – 4
HOW IT HAPPENED
It was clear from the first batter of game one that it was going to be a high scoring affair. Benedictine's (19-11, 11-6 NACC) leadoff man kicked off the offense with a long home run to right field, putting the Eagles on the board before an out was even recorded. The Eagles went on to score three runs off five hits, but MSOE (9-21, 6-10 NACC) responded in kind. The Raiders came back with two runs of their own in their half of the inning, putting them down by a lone run. Each team traded runs back and forth through the middle portion of the ballgame, with both MSOE and Benedictine owning two one-run innings and a single two-run frame each. The Red & White never held control of the lead, or even a tie for that matter, until the bottom of the ninth inning when Noah Ernst (Naperville, Ill. / Neuqua Valley) singled to right to score pinch runner Jeromy Schultz (Brookfield, Wis. / Marquette). Ernst had a chance to cross home as the winning run in the same inning but was gunned down after trying to advance from second to home on a bobbled ball to short. The freshman was given another shot to end the ballgame in the 11th, this time making good on the opportunity, as he knocked a single to left with a five-man infield shift on to plate Matt Mohapp (Cary, Ill. / Prairie Ridge) to win game one 8-7.
It looked like the Raiders would get the sweep that they were after, scoring a run in the bottom of the first of game two to keep momentum on their side. The Eagles would even it back up the next half inning, but Brandon Beauchamp (Neenah, Wis. / Neenah) and Aaron Trattner (Glendale, Wis. / Nicolet) each had a sacrifice fly in a three run fourth to put MSOE firmly back in the driver's seat. It wouldn't last long however, as BU came back yet again during their next at-bats, with four of their own. They went on to add another insurance run in the sixth, with each innings runs scoring via defensive errors, keeping the Raiders off the scoresheet for the last five innings to take the game 6-4.
Game one was the third extra inning game that the Raiders have played in this season, one less than the past two seasons combined. The Red & White are 3-4 in game that go to free baseball since 2017.
MSOE STAT TRACKER – TWO GAME TOTALS
Noah Ernst – 4 hits, 2 RBIs, 2 walks
Josh Beier (Mount Horeb, Wis. / Mount Horeb) – 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk
Ryan Kocher (Winfield, Ill. / Wheaton North) – 3 runs, 4 hits, 2 walks
Nathan Tremore (Ripon, Wis. / Luther Prep)- 3 innings pitched, 1 hit allowed, no runs allowed, 3 strikeouts
WHO'S ON DECK
MSOE will take on Lakeland tomorrow, which will be their regular season road finale. Games are schedule for 1:00 and 4:30 pm from Plymouth, Wis.