AUBURNDALE, Fla. - Beloit College's baseball team opened its 2019 season with a pair of victories before it had its offense stymied in the second game of a double-header with Concordia (Minn.) in the RussMatt Invitational.
The Buccaneers won Saturday in walkoff fashion, 6-5 over King's College, then posted a 3-2 win over the Cobbers. But they fell 4-0 in the nightcap.
In Sunday's first game, Beloit took the lead in its first at-bat. Nick Schmidt led off the game with a single and Jalen Davis followed with a shot up the middle. Ethan Conley drew a walk to load the bases. Brice Call's one-out single drove in a run. Drew Freitagbrought scored another with a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.
Beloit tacked on a run in the second inning. Garrison Ferone singled and moved up on on Schmidt's hit. Davis drove a single to center and the Cobbers committed an error to allow the third run to score.
Beloit starter Justin Kopech held Concordia scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning, when back-to-back doubles pulled the hosts within one, 3-2. Josh Nelson came on to wriggle out of that jam. David Harrison came on to pitch a scoreless seventh for a save.
Davis went 3-for-4 from the plate with a run scored while Schmidt added a 2-for-4 performance in the batter's box.
Kopech tallied the win allowing four hits in 5.1 innings on the mound.
The Cobbers ace starter in the nightcap had the Beloit hitters off balance most of the game. The Bucs recorded four hits in the contest with Conley, Call, James Wicker and Ferone each posting a tally in the hit column.
Connor McCloskey suffered the loss on the mound allowing two runs in 4.2 innings of work.
SATURDAY'S RECAP: The Buccaneers were outhit by King's College, 15-11, but got the ones that mattered including a walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth.
The Monarchs led 5-3 heading to the bottom of the eighth. Brice Call singled, Bronson Balholm doubled and Ethan Conley hit an RBI single. Drew Freitag's sacrifice fly tied the game.
Garrison Ferone opened the Beloit ninth with a bunt single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Schmidt. Davis was intentionally walked to put runners on first and second with one out. A flyout had the Bucs down to their final out,but they wouldn't need it. Balholm singled to left center that brought Ferone around to score for the 6-5 walkoff win.
Schmidt, Balholm, Conley and Ferone each recorded multiple hits in the game with Conley adding three runs batted in.
Danny Belling got the start going six innings on the mound. David Harrison came in for the ninth registering the win on the mound.
The Bucs will take on Greenville Monday at 2:30 Eastern time at the Lake Myrtle complex in Auburndale, Florida.
• SOFTBALL: Beloit split a pair of games to open play in the NTC Spring Games in the Orlando area. The Buccaneers dropped the opener to Swarthmore 16-2 in five innings and bounced back to top Carnegie Mellon 6-2 in game two.
Beloit posted six runs on five hits, off the bats of five different Buccaneers, in the game. Alyssa Boltik came back from the loss in game one to record the win in game with allowed two runs in five inning of work.
Madi Christine was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI. Ashley Lambert was 1-for-1 with two RBIs. Maty Nowakowski also knocked in two runs.
The Bucs return to the diamond Monday to face Marietta and Haverford at 9:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. respectively in Kissimmee.
• WOMEN'S LACROSSE: Beloit College cruised to an 11-1 win over Benedictine University on the road Saturday afternoon.
Fiona Milchman tallied the first goal for the Bucs less than 20 seconds into the game. Olivia Nasatir followed with an unassisted score. Nicole Dolcimascolo scored before Kieran Rodning sandwiched another Milchman goal to make it 6-0 at the intermission.
Beloit outscored the Eagles 5-1 in the second stanza with Sy Dragon and Dolcimascolo posting two goals each and Milchman adding her third of the game.
Winning goalie Alexa Arakelian registered 11 saves.
The Bucs play Clarke University at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Dubuque, Iowa.