Having to face two nationally ranked squads Monday in Arizona proved to be a challenging task for the Carthage baseball team.
Needless to say, the Red Men bounced back in resounding fashion Tuesday.
The Red Men broke open a 5-0 game with nine unanswered runs in the fifth and sixth innings and cruised past North Central (Minn.), 14-0.
Carthage (3-2 overall) wasted little time in jumping on North Central with a three-run first inning.
Cody Phelps (three hits, four runs, RBI) got things started with an RBI single that drove in Colton Klein (three hits, run, three RBI), followed by an RBI fielder’s choice by Vince Schwartz (two hits, run, two RBI) that scored Ryan Kramer (hit, run).
The third run of the frame scored on a single by Ben Levicki (hit, two runs, RBI) that chased home Phelps.
After RBI doubles by Klein and Luke Beckmann in the third and fourth innings, the Red Men broke things open in the fifth.
Klein provided the big hit with a two-run triple that scored Jake Snider (four hits, two runs, four RBI) and Myles Farley (hit, run, RBI).
Snider then got into the act in the sixth inning with a three-run triple that drove in Ricky Bergstrom, Levicki and Schwartz to close the scoring.
Carthage banged out 17 hits in the win.
Tremper graduate Dante Guarascio earned his first collegiate victory, as the freshman went the distance, and allowed just four hits, two walks and struck out seven.
In a game that ended too late Monday for deadline, Aurora took control with a six-run fourth inning and never looked back in a 9-3 victory.
Carthage finished with seven hits, one each by Klein, Snider, Kramer, Michael Hinerichsen, Schwartz, Luke Beckmann and Johnny Belskis. Collecting RBI for the Red Men were Kramer, Kyle Engstrom and Levicki.
Starting pitcher Nate Odahl took the loss, as he allowed five hits, six earned runs, four walks and struck out five in five innings of work. Daniel Mutter and Brian Polaski combined to pitch the final four innings.
Carthage is idle today and will return to action in Arizona on Thursday.
Carthage 11, OT
The Red Men built an 11-6 lead through three periods, but Rhodes scored the final six goals, including the game winner in overtime in a match played in Memphis, Tenn.
Noah Lindner led Carthage with four goals, followed by Colin Poitras with three and Brody Ilstrup, Andy Szun, Tanner Jones and Ethan Flight each with one. Recording assists were Ilstrup, Lindner and Szun with two each and Jones and Flight with one.
Carthage goalie Kyle Guthrie finished with 20 saves.