Baseball battles Beloit Buccaneers
Arthur W. Thomas
Even with an impressive start to the season, Carroll University baseball Head Coach Jason Kosanke sees room for improvement, whether it is on the base paths or in the field.
After a player made a mistake during a base running drill, Kosanke said, “We’re having some problems running the bases today. We need to get better defensively.”
The emphasis was on defense during drills. If a player made a mistake while in the field he lost his job and had to switch to the base running portion of the drill.
The team did have a good start to the season, going 6-2 on a trip to Fort Meyers, Fla.
With great results in Florida, senior Jimmy Marlin earned Midwest Conference Performer of the Week after he hit .600 in eight games.
“He had a monster week,” said Head Coach Jason Kosanke. “He’s the reigning conference batting champ and he picked up right where he left off.”
That hot start will mean nothing if they do not continue to play well as the conference season gets under way. The Pioneers were picked to finish fourth out of five teams in the Midwest Conference North Division even though they finished third last year.
“That’s just not respecting how we finished last year,” said Kosanke. “Our job is to go out there and prove them wrong.”
The recent wintery weather has put a bit of a damper on the Pioneers preparations for the conference season.
“We’re itching to get back on the diamond,” said Kosanke.
The Pioneers got their chance to get back on the field on Apr. 3 with a double-header against Beloit College, and on Apr. 4th again played down in Beloit.
Beloit College came into the ranked 26th in the nation and with a ten game winning streak. The Buccaneers stayed on their hot streak taking all four games from the Pioneers.
On Friday the Bucs won 16-2 and 11-0, both in seven inning shortened games. Jason Pattengale and Joe Zacharias were credited with the losses.
On Saturday, the Pioneers faired slightly better with a 6-12 and 0-10 loss. Jimmy Marlin picked up the loss in the first one and Chris Elliot batted in three runs. Colin Mulligan was handed the loss in the final game.
On Tuesday the Pioneers headed southwest to take on the #22 in the nation UW-Whitewater Warhawks. The Warhawks scored nine runs in the sixth to win game one 16-6. Jason Pattengale was charged with the loss.
In game two Carroll cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the fifth but the Warhawks answered in the home half of the inning with four runs to put the Pios away for good coasting to a 9-3 win. Ryne Plager was charged with his first loss of the year.
The Pioneers return to action Thursday when they head up to De Pere to face North Division rival St. Norbert. Then on Saturday they host St. Norbert in a doubleheader from Waukesha West High School that starts at 1 p.m.