Baseball splits with Lawrence first weekend of MWC play
After a 2-6 start to the season, the Carroll University Baseball team was set to face their first conference opponents of the 2010 season.
Before Carroll could finally play at Frame Park, they had to take on the Wisconsin Lutheran College Warriors in Milwaukee. The Pioneers took an early three run lead in the top of the first inning, but Wisconsin Lutheran took it back in the fourth. A game-tying solo homer in the seventh four more runs in the ninth secured the Pios a 10-6 victory.
Carroll finally opened their first home games with 21 runs in a fourteen- inning doubleheader against University of Wisconsin – Platteville. Unfortunately, UW-Platteville outscored them by 34.
UW-Platteville scored eight runs in the first inning of game one, which would have been enough to guarantee them a tie as Carroll could only match that number. UW-Platteville ended game one with 32 runs on 30 hits.
In game two, the score was a little closer, but Frame Park’s small outfield still provided a 23-13 slugfest won by UW-Platteville. Most of UW-Platteville’s damage was done in the first three innings, with Carroll’s Ryne Plager surrendering thirteen runs before being taken out in the third inning.
In total, UW-Platteville scored 55 runs, 37 earned, on 52 hits. This led to series ERA of 23.79 for Carroll. Ten errors by Carroll fielders extended the games.
A loss to Dominican University dropped Carroll’s record to 3-9. Seven Pioneers took to the mound but the offense barely missed providing enough run support. Carroll lost the game 7-6.
The Pioneers entered conference play Apr. 10 with a doubleheader at home against the Lawrence University Vikings. Game one of the Midwest Conference season saw a one-run victory for Carroll. Both starters gave up double-digit hits, and neither survived past the fifth inning.
Lawrence hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 13, but the Pioneers got a game winning RBI single from Matt Francois to start conference play on a high note. Carroll would take game two 8-7 after Carroll secured the lead in the sixth.
The next day, Carroll headed to Appleton (Wis.) to take on Lawrence. The Pioneers dropped the first game 10-6 after starter Cale Ross surrendered nine runs in the first five innings. Ross struck out eight of the 29 batters he faced before being replaced by Joe Zacharias, who finished the game with two runs, only one earned.
The second game was the third and last one-run game in Carroll’s four games against the Vikings. Lawrence won the game 7-6. Carroll briefly took the lead in the top of the eight, but Lawrence took it right back in the bottom.
Carroll is currently second in the MWC North Division. After splitting the season series with Lawrence, they have a 2-2 conference record which will not change until they take on Beloit University April 17.
Offensively, the Pioneers have a .325 team batting average and a slugging percentage of .451, which is 131 points lower than their opponents. The pitching staff is sitting on an 8.86 ERA, with a .372 batting average against.
The Pioneers take on Marian University in a doubleheader at Frame Park Tuesday.