FRANKLIN, Wisconsin – Senior Ryan Newman had eight hits and drove in eight runs while senior Jimmy Carrington became the program's all-time hits leader in the MSOE baseball team's doubleheader split with Lakeland Saturday afternoon at The Rock Complex.
The Raiders (18-16, 8-6 NACC) clobbered the Muskies (8-16, 4-10 NACC) 19-6 in game one and fell short in the 16-15 slugfest that was game two.
Newman went 3-for-5 in the opener with a home run and six runs driven in. He followed that up with a five-hit game in game two, hitting a pair of doubles and driving in two more runs. He scored five runs on the day.
Carrington entered the day needing two hits to tie the program's career hits record, singling in the first inning of game one and getting his record-tying 190th hit with a single in the fifth. Number 192 was a first-inning triple in game two.
Lakeland opened the scoring in game one with a two-run first inning before the Raiders went to work in the second frame. Junior Nick Gross led off the second with a home run and sparked a six-run frame that saw 10 hitters come to the plate. Newman, Carrington, and freshman Julian Sonn each had RBI hits.
MSOE added a run in the third inning before the Muskies pulled back single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to make it 7-4. The Red & White then put the game out of reach with a nine-run fifth inning. Newman, senior Owen Burnikel, and freshman Justin Bickman each hit three-run home runs in the frame to account for all of the runs. When the dust cleared, the score was 16-4.
LU got a two-run shot of its own in the sixth but the Raiders answered right back with a three-run sixth to put the game to rest.
Eight starters finished with multiple hits in the game, led by Newman and Bickman and Sonn, who had three hits. Freshman Nick Stricker scored four runs while Bickman and senior Max Kemp came around to score three times each.
It looked like game two was headed towards another rout as MSOE jumped ahead with four-runs in each of the first two innings of the game. Burnikel homered for the second time in the day and Sonn had a two-run double in the first inning and a three-run triple in the second.
Lakeland answered back with a pair of five-run frames, striking for 10 runs over the third and fourth innings. The visitors then scored two more times in the fifth for a 12-8 lead. The Raiders would get a run back in the fifth but LU scored again in the sixth and two more times in the seventh to make it 15-8.
MSOE began a comeback with two runs in the seventh and, after the Muskies scored in the eighth, another run in the bottom half of that inning.
Trailing 16-12 heading into their final at-bat, the Raiders mounted one last rally—all with two outs. Bickman followed back-to-back base-runners with the first of three-straight RBI singles. Newman and Carrington followed suit to make it 16-15. A wild pitch put the pair on second and third when the Muskies were able to escape with a ground ball for the third out.
Sonn finished with six RBIs in the game and Carrington reached base five times and scored three runs. Including Sonn, five players finished with two hits in the second game.
MSOE returns to the field Sunday, playing a doubleheader at Wisconsin Lutheran.