The Carthage baseball team may want to rethink its decision to leave Arizona.
For the second straight day, the Red Men put up huge offensive numbers, this time at the expense of Wesleyan University (Conn.) in a 14-8 victory Monday to wrap up their spring trip.
Carthage scored 47 runs combined Sunday in a doubleheader sweep over Bethany Lutheran with victories of 27-14 and 20-2. With the win Monday, the Red Men head back home with a 7-4 record.
“We hit the ball well again (Monday) against some pretty good pitching,” Carthage coach Augie Schmidt said. “Wesleyan kept bringing in good arms, but we were able to extend the lead by getting one here and one there.
“That proved to be the difference, because today was more like a typical college baseball game. Our pitchers did a pretty good job, particularly the relievers.”
Carthage led, 4-1, after the first inning before Wesleyan pulled to within a run at 5-4 heading into the bottom of the third.
From there, the Red Men extended their lead with a single tally in the third, two in the fourth and one more in the fifth. Carthage put the game out of reach with a four-run eighth inning.
Ricky Bergstrom (two hits, two runs, RBI) doubled home Myles Farley (three hits, two runs, four RBI) with Carthage’s first run of the eighth inning, followed by RBI singles from Kyle Engstrom (two hits, run, RBI) and Colton Klein (five hits, three runs, two RBI).
Carthage’s final run scored on a sacrifice fly by Luke Beckmann (hit, run, three RBI) that drove in Engstrom.
The Red Men banged out 19 hits, including a two-run home run by Farley in the fourth inning. Other offensive leaders were Vince Schwartz (two hits, two runs, RBI) and Clayton Taylor (two hits, run, RBI).
With Klein’s five-hit day, he is batting .633 (31-for-49), with five doubles, 14 RBI and three stolen bases.
“I honestly haven’t anything like what Colton Klein has done this past week,” Schmidt said. “He’s been the talk of this tournament, and he’s been intentionally walked three or four times from the leadoff spot.
“He’s hit everything — righties, lefties, submariners — it doesn’t matter. He’s also made about six diving catches, so it’s been really fun to watch. He had a special trip, and hopefully, we can keep him going.”
Chance Roach earned the win in relief of Tremper graduate Dante Guarascio. Roach (2-0) allowed three hits, one earned run, one walk and struck out two in two innings of work.
Brian Polaski picked up his second save, as he allowed two hits, one walk and struck out one in 1 1/3 innings.
Carthage closed out a Sunday twinbill with a 20-2 win Sunday in a game that ended past the Kenosha News deadline.
The Red Men led, 14-1, after three innings and cruised from there. Carthage finished the game with 20 hits.
Carthage was led by Cody Phelps (three hits, three runs, two RBI), Schwartz (three hits, four runs, four RBI), Farley (three hits, run, three RBI), Matthew Pratscher (three hits, two runs, two RBI), Beckmann (two hits, run, RBI), Taylor (two hits, run, RBI) and Engstrom (two hits, three runs, RBI).
Pasquale Atteo earned the complete-game win, as he allowed six hits, two earned runs, three walks and struck out eight in seven innings.
Carthage is idle until Saturday, March 23, when it hosts Defiance College in a noon doubleheader.
The rest after such a frenetic pace in Arizona will be welcomed, Schmidt said.
“We need some time off, because we played 11 games in 12 days,” he said. “Hardly any school in the country does what we do in terms of how many games we play in Tuscon.
“Some guys need the time off, but it’s our job to keep everyone ready to go. We learned a lot about this team this past week, and we know what we need to work on.”