Saturday was about as bad as it gets for the Carthage baseball team.
At least for the pitching staff.
The Red Men scored 22 total runs on 36 hits in a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin doubleheader against Augustana at Swanson Stadium in Moline, Ill., but somehow came away with no wins.
Carthage gave away four leads in the first game and one in the second, and the Vikings scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning of each game to sucker-punch the Red Men in a pair of walk-off victories, 15-14 and 8-7.
Longtime Carthage coach Augie Schmidt has seen everything, but this might’ve been something new.
“This was terrible, a nightmare,” Schmidt said in a news release. “We couldn’t hold a lead in either game, and it was all walks that did us in.
“To come out here and beat the heck out of someone for five-and-one-half hours and get two losses is awful. We were the better team the whole (darn) day, so this is pretty frustrating. I don’t have a clue on what we’re doing with our late-inning pitching. We’re giving everybody a chance.
“Kyle Damon threw great in the second game, but we can’t find anyone to finish a game. I know it’s one of those years where you lose a lot of games like these, but this is pretty hard to accept. We played well enough to win two games.”
Instead, Carthage dropped to 14-12 overall and 4-7 in the CCIW. The Red Men will conclude the three-game series at first-place Augustana (19-5-1, 8-1) at 4 p.m. today.
In Saturday’s opener, Ben Levicki went 5-for-6 with a run and three RBI for Carthage; Colton Klein was 3-for-6 with three runs and two RBI from the leadoff spot; Vince Schwartz went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI; Johnny Belskis was 3-for-6 with two runs and two RBI; and Clayton Taylor finished 3-for-5 with a run and two RBI.
The Red Men led 5-0 after two innings and 9-7 after four. They blew the lead both times, but with the game tied 11-11 going into the top of the ninth, Carthage scored three runs on Myles Farley’s RBI double, Luke Beckmann’s RBI single and Taylor’s bases-loaded walk for a 14-11 lead.
Closer Brian Polaski started the bottom of the ninth, but surrendered four hits and three runs. Chance Roach relieved Polaski with runners on first and third and two outs, but walked his first batter before Drew Davis hit a grounder to third that Belskis couldn’t handle, allowing Mitch Owens to score the winning run on an error.
Polaski (0-1) took the loss, and five Carthage pitchers combined for nine walks.
Offense again wasn’t a problem for the Red Men in Game 2, as Klein doubled twice and scored a run, Farley, Schwartz and Beckmann each had two hits; Taylor had three; and Levicki drove in a pair.
Damon allowed four runs (three earned) in 71/3 solid innings, and Carthage led 7-4 going into the bottom of the ninth.
Again, the pitching staff couldn’t close it out.
Dante Guarascio, who worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth, walked the bases loaded with one out in the ninth. Davis scored two runs with a singe to make it 7-6. Clark Hendricks (2-2) relieved Guarascio and re-loaded the bases on a walk with two outs, uncorked a wild pitch to tie the game and gave up a walk-off single to Ryan Kairis.
Damon, Guarascio and Hendricks combined for six walks, making it 15 for Red Men pitching on the day.
Grand Valley State 7, UW-Parkside 1;
Grand Valley State 9, UW-Parkside 8
The Rangers were swept in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader in Allendale, Mich., on Saturday.
In the opener, Ricky West went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI, but Parkside (6-22 overall, 6-9-1 GLIAC) left seven runners on base and committed two errors.
Grand Valley State (13-19-1, 6-9-1) led 6-0 after three, as Peyton Schneider (2-5) took the loss.
The Rangers got more offense in Game 2, as Dominic Esposito, Niko Diaz and Shawn Rigsby each had two hits. Rigsby, who had three RBI, hit a home run in the top of the sixth to give the Rangers a 7-5 lead.
The Lakers scored single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth to take an 8-7 lead, but Esposito’s solo shot in the top of the ninth tied it at 8-8.
Parkside couldn’t notch the win, however, as Grand Valley State walked it off with a run in the bottom of the ninth against Parkside relievers Aaron Cusimano (0-3) and Matt Helwig.
Northwood 8, UW-Parkside 0;
UW-Parkside 2, Northwood 1
The Rangers had just one hit in the opener of their GLIAC doubleheader during Senior Day on Saturday at the Case Complex, as their five-game winning streak ended.
But Parkside (6-34 overall, 4-16 GLIAC) bounced back in Game 2, as Jessica Crull belted her second home run of the season for a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, and Adrien Hall scored Kellie Fenza with an RBI single in the third for a 2-0 lead.
Northwood (21-18-1, 11-9) got a run-scoring double off Allison Hausl in the top of the seventh, but the runner was thrown out at third to end the game.
Hausl got her second win of the season in a complete-game effort, allowing five hits with no walks and a season-high six strikeouts.
Parkside’s scheduled GLIAC home doubleheader against Grand Valley State on Sunday was postponed to April 28 due to inclement weather.
The Carthage softball team also had its scheduled CCIW doubleheader at Augustana on Sunday postponed. No make-up date was announced as of Sunday night.
Wisconsin Lutheran Spring Invitational
Both UW-Parkside and Carthage competed in the event at Morningstar Golfer’s Club in Waukesha on Saturday, and Parkside freshman Adrien Jackson fired an even-par 72 to win the individual title.
Jackson’s round featured a pair of eagles.
Carthage’s Jordan Knutson, meanwhile, finished a shot behind Jackson in second place with a 1-over 73.
Carthage’s Karson Kafer, competing individually, placed fourth at 2-over 74, while Parkside’s Kevin Placko and Carthage’s Ciaran Conroy and Zachary Shawhan were part of a tie for eighth at 4-over 76.
The Red Men finished third out of 15 teams, while the Rangers placed fourth.
Track and field
Benedictine (Ill.) Relays
Rhashad Gray notched a second-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles for the UW-Parkside men’s team in the two-day event Friday and Saturday.
Gray posted a time of 11.16 seconds.
Jacob Petri also placed second for Parkside in the 800 in just under 2 minutes, while Jacob Pigeon was fourth in the 400 dash (49.56).
For the Parkside women, Maddy Kammerer finished third in the 3,000 (10:51.81).
Three members of the Parkside women’s team competed in the UW-Platteville Select Meet, with Amanda Johnson placing fifth in the 5,000 (17:24.47).
Carroll Alumni Open
The Carthage men’s team finished second out of 12 teams at the meet Saturday, and the women’s team also placed second among 10 teams.
Aaron Austin won the discus with a throw of 46.04 meters and was second in the shot put (14.48) and hammer throw (50.83) for the Red Men. Logan Engberg won the 5,000 (15:15.61); Camren Howard was second in the 1,500 (4:05.07); and Dane Rasmussen placed second in the 400 dash (51.12).
For the Reds, Sarah Schmidt won the shot put (12.85) and the discus (44.94) and was second in the hammer throw (49.93), while Elizabeth Willis won the hammer throw (53.42) and was second in the shot put (12.46) and discus (42.29).
Johnelle Miller placed second in the 1,500 (5:01.73); Laura Sanders was second in the 3,000 (11:25.86); and Julia Cozzi took second in the pole vault (3.1).
Carthage 17, Augustana 5
Noah Lindner scored five goals and Andy Szun tallied three to lead the Red Men to a dominating CCIW win Saturday in Rock Island, Ill.
Carthage improved to 10-3 overall and 1-1 in the CCIW.
Illinois Wesleyan 16, Carthage 5
Nicole Bowman and Jessie Gibson each scored twice for the Reds in their CCIW loss Saturday at Art Keller Field.
Carthage dropped to 4-7 overall and 1-2 in the CCIW.
Women’s water polo
CWPA Division III Championship
Carthage conlcuded its season by going 2-2 and finishing in fourth place at the Lott Natatorium in New London, Conn., over the weekend.
The Reds defeated Utica, 9-3, and Grove City, 9-6, on Friday to advance to the semifinals.
There, they lost 7-2 to Austin on Saturday before dropping a 12-7 decision to Monmouth in Sunday’s third-place match.
Carthage finished with a 4-15 record on the season.