The UW-Parkside baseball team started Saturday with a bang in Nashville, Tenn.
And after a 7-4 victory over 13th-ranked Southern Indiana to begin the day, the Rangers capped things off with a 6-5 victory over Trevacca Nazarene (Nashville) to complete the sweep.
Parkside, which won its first two games of the season to improve to 2-7, overcame a 4-1 deficit against Southern Indiana with a four-run sixth inning, followed by two more in the seventh to ice the win.
The Rangers’ Casey Oliver scored the game-tying run on a throwing error, followed the game-winning RBI by Tremper graduate Hunter Weddel, who singled to score Shawn Rigsby, who reached on a fielder’s choice.
Parkside collected seven hits and was led by a two-RBI effort from both Nicholas Eisenmenger and Dominic Esposito.
Peyton Schneider earned the win, as he allowed three earned runs, two walks and struck out six in six innings of work. Aaron Cusimano pitched the final two innings and allowed one hit, one walk and struck out two in two innings.
Against Trevacca, the Rangers did all their scoring with three runs in both the second and fourth innings, and then hung on as the hosts tried to rally back.
Trevacca cut the deficit to a single tally in the bottom of the ninth inning and had the winning run on second base when Parkside reliever Matt Hellwig retired the game’s final out.
Leading the way for Parkside were Niko Diaz (three hits, RBI), Weddel (two hits, two runs scored), Justin Bennett (two RBI), Paul Weise (two runs) and Ricky West (two runs).
Starting pitcher Nicholas Rana earned the win, as he allowed eight hits, three earned runs, three walks and struck out eight in seven innings. Hellwig allowed one run and one walk in two innings of relief.
Carthage 6, California Institute of Technology 2
Carthage opened its season on a winning note with a 6-2 victory over the Beavers on Saturday in Tucson, Ariz.
Despite the win, Carthage coach Augie Schmidt IV felt his team could’ve played better.
“First games are tough and we didn’t play very well,” Carthage coach Augie Schmidt IV said. “Now we can work on the things we messed up.”
Carthage snapped a 2-2 tie with four unanswered runs in the seventh and eighth innings. The Red Men took the lead for good when Luke Beckmann led off the seventh with a double and scored on Ricky Bergstrom’s double. Bergstrom advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball to pad the advantage to 4-2.
Myles Farley opened the eighth with a walk and crossed the plate on Ben Levicki’s double for a 5-2 lead. Luke Beckmann singled home Levicki to close the scoring.
“I was a little disappointed with our hitting approach, but their pitcher kept us off-balance with a lot of breaking stuff,” Schmidt said. “We didn’t adapt to it and, all the sudden, it’s a close game. But we had some guys come up with big hits at the end, and we’ll take the win.”
Brandon Hanik limited the Beavers to a walk and two hits over the final four innings to pick up the win. Starter Pasquale Atteo allowed two runs and seven hits over five innings.
“Atteo didn’t throw too bad,” Schmidt said. “We just didn’t play very good defense behind him and we need to because he’s not really a strikeout guy.
“Brandon Hanik threw four really good inning for us, so that was really good news.”
Beckmann went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI for the Red Men, while Colton Klein added three hits.
After Carthage opened the scoring with Clayton Taylor’s run in the second inning, the Beavers (3-5) took the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth.
The Red Men knotted the game at 2-2 when Vince Schwartz tripled and scored on Farley’s sacrifice fly in the sixth.
The two teams will face each other again at noon today.
Dan Truttschel and Scott Koker