Single runs in both the fourth and sixth innings was just enough to salvage a Good Friday split with visiting Wayne State for the UW-Parkside baseball team.
The Rangers dropped the opener at Simmons Field, 5-0, before they were able to salvage the nightcap.
Paul Weise drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth inning for Parkside (7-25, 3-15) that drove in Dominic Esposito with the game-tying run.
Another bases-loaded free pass by Niko Diaz that chased home Tremper graduate Hunter Weddel with the eventual winning run in the sixth.
Weddel led the way with two of Parkside’s four hits.
Starting pitcher Nicholas Rana improved to 3-4, as he scattered nine hits and allowed one earned run, two walks and struck out six. Aaron Cusimano allowed one hit and struck out one to earn his fourth save.
Wayne State made the most of its three hits in the 5-0 win in the opener.
The Rangers tallied five hits, one each by Kurt Mlachnik, Shawn Rigsby, Casey Oliver, Esposito and Nicholas Eisenmenger.
Starting pitcher Jarrett Rossiano allowed three hits, two earnd runs, four walks and struck out five in 62/3 innings to fall to 0-4.
North Central 5,
North Central 10,
Carthage saw its losing streak extended to seven straight with the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin sweep at North Central.
“We’re finding ways to lose and expecting the worst to happen,” Carthage coach Augie Schmidt IV said. “You can’t play baseball that way, because the ball will find you. You can see it in the kids’ faces that we’re just playing not to lose.”
North Central broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning in Game 1. The Red Men responded with a single run on a North Central balk in the ninth, but couldn’t get any closer.
Ben Levicki led Carthage (14-17, 4-12) with two hits, two runs scored and two RBI, including his second home run. Ricky Bergstrom added two hits and a run scored.
Carthage’s Matt Willett fell to 3-1, as he allowed seven hits, three earned runs, five walks and struck out six in eight innings.
In Game 2, North Central used a five-run fourth inning and a three-run sixth to pull away and complete the sweep.
Carthage leaders included Colton Klein (two hits, run, RBI), Myles Farley (two hits, run) and Vince Schwartz (hit, three RB).
Starting pitcher Kyle Damon allowed five hits, six earned runs, three walks and struck out two and fell to 1-3 overall.
The host Rangers cut a 2-0 deficit in half with a single run in the bottom of the fifth inning, but couldn’t get any closer in Game 1 of a GLIAC twinbill.
In Game 2, it was all Davenport, which scored two runs in the third, fifth and seventh innings.
Adrien Hall accounted for Parkside’s lone run in the opener, with a double that scored Cassie Walek (two hits, run). Megan Aliverti added two hits for Parkside (7-37, 3-16).
Starting pitcher Alyssa McClelland took the loss, as she allowed seven hits, two earned runs, four walks and struck out two.
Hall and Morgan Sikon each had two hits to lead the Rangers in Game 2. Allison Hausl allowed 10 hits, three earned runs, three walks and struck out one in the complete-game loss.
Carthage 6, Augustana 3
Augustana 4, Carthage 2
The visiting Reds had to settle for a CCIW split Thursday afternoon.
Carthage broke open a close game in the opener with three runs in the top of the fourth inning.
Alexandra Millett led the way with three hits, a run scored and two RBI, followed by Courtney Polanski (two hits, run, RBI) and Donna Stevens (hit, run, two RBI).
Both Stevens and Polanski hit home runs in the win.
Starting pitcher Stefanie Guercio improved to 11-3 overall, as she allowed five hits, two earned runs, two walks and struck out nine in the complete-game win.
Carthage jumped out in front, 2-0, in Game 2, but Augustana responded with three runs in the third and an insurance tally in the sixth to pull off the twinbill split.
Leading hitters for the Reds (18-8, 6-4) were Millett (two hits, run), Naomi Alonzo (two hits, run) and Brooke Sefcik (two hits, two RBI).
Bradford graduate Ellie Bernero took the loss, as she allowed four hits, three earned runs, two walks and struck out three in three innings in the circle.
UW-Parkside freshman Adrien Jackson is tied for eighth place after the opening day of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships at Gull Lake View Golf Club in Battle Creek, Mich.
Johnson shot a 73 for the Rangers, who are tied for ninth place in the 11-team event. Five players are tied for first place with 1-under-par 71.
Daniel DePrey (78), Wyatt Czeshinski (80), Kevin Placko (81) and James O’Donnell (82) also competed for Parkside, which finished with a 312. Ashland (295), Ferris State (298) and Grand Valley State (302) hold the top three spots.
Play will resume at noon today.
Dan Truttschel and Scott Koker