The Carthage baseball team split a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin doubleheader against Carroll on Friday at Augie Schmidt Field.

After winning the opener 5-2, the Red Men (16-19 overall, 6-14 CCIW) dropped Game 2, 7-6.

Carthage erased a 2-1 deficit with four runs in the eighth inning to take the first game.

After Clayton Taylor’s double plated Vince Schwartz to tie the game at 2-2, Kyle Engstrom’s RBI single scored Jake Mitchell to give the Red Men the lead for good. Colton Klein followed with a single to score Matthew Pratscher and Jake Snider for a 5-2 lead.

Klein (two RBI), Johnny Belskis, Taylor (RBI) and Engstrom (run, RBI) sparked Carthage’s 11-hit attack with two hits apiece.

Carthage starting pitcher Matt Willett (4-1) allowed two runs and seven hits while striking out five and walking two over eight innings to earn the victory. Chance Roach pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his first save of the season.

The Pioneers scored two runs in the ninth inning to rally for the Game 2 win and salvage the split. Pinch-hitter Matthew Putnam delivered the game-winning hit, a two-run single that scored Alex Kermendy and Alec Honickle.

Brandon Hanik (1-2) allowed both runs in the ninth and took the loss. Starter Pasquale Atteo went six innings for Carthage, giving up three runs and 11 hits while striking out three and walking two.

Prior to Carroll’s rally, the Red Men battled back from a 5-3 deficit with three runs in the seventh inning on RBI singles by Sam Harmeyer, T.J. Pfaffle and Belskis.

Schwartz went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs to lead Carthage, followed by Jake Snider and Pratscher with two hits and a run apiece.

The teams will wrap up their three-game series with a game 1 p.m. Sunday at Waukesha.

Saginaw Valley St. 14,

UW-Parkside 5

The Cardinals scored six unanswered runs to pull away for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory in the opener of a four-game series in University Center, Mich.

After allowing five runs in the first inning, the Rangers (8-29 overall, 3-18 conference) rallied to cut the lead to 5-4 with a run in the fourth and three more in the fifth. Justin Bennett delivered the key hit in the fifth with a two-run double that scored Kurt Mlachnik and Niko Diaz.

Saginaw Valley State (16-22-1, 9-11-1) padded its advantage with three runs in the fifth inning and a four-run eighth.

Diaz went 2-for-2 to lead Parkside’s 10-hit attack. Mlachnik added a hit and two runs, while Bennett and Ryan Hollander each doubled.

Jarrett Rossiano took the loss, allowing eight runs and 10 hits over 42/3 innings.

The teams will square off again today in a doubleheader that starts at 11:30 a.m.

Softball

Wayne State 8,

UW-Parkside 0

UW-Parkside 8,

Wayne State 2

Parkside’s bats heated up in the later innings of Game 2 to help the Rangers salvage a split in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader against the Warriors in Detroit.

Parkside (8-42 overall, 5-23 conference) scored three runs in the fourth inning, three more in the fifth and a pair in the sixth. Lydia Byrd’s two-run double scored Adrien Hall and Megan Aliverti to give the Rangers the lead for good, 3-1, in the fourth.

Jessica Crull’s three-run homer in the fifth inning and Jessica Miklos’ two-run blast in the sixth closed the scoring for Parkside.

The Rangers had seven extra-base hits and the top four in their batting order, Kellie Fenza, Cassie Walek, Hall and Crull, each went 2-for-4.

Freshman Kiley Akey pitched a complete game, limiting the Warriors (30-19, 13-15) to two runs and 10 hits.

Wayne State’s Megan Guitar pitched a five-inning no-hitter against the Rangers in the opener. Her only blemish was a walk to Walek in the fourth inning.

The Rangers will continue their Michigan trip with a GLIAC doubleheader against Saginaw Valley State at noon today.

Scott Koker

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