The Gustavus baseball team scored 37 runs on their way to a doubleheader sweep of Carleton on Wednesday afternoon by the scores of 13-4 and 24-1. The Gusties pounded out 35 hits in the two games. Shea Roehrkasse led the hit parade with six hits in 10 at-bats. Derek Eddie was the winning pitcher in game one and Kraig Olson was the winner on the mound in game two. Gustavus is now 16-8 overall and 8-0 in the MIAC.
In game one, the Gusties broke open a tight game with seven runs in the bottom of the third inning. Tory Herman started the rally with a double that drove in Cody Sukalski. Others driving in runs in the inning included Nate Ruff, Alan Woitas, Shea Roehrkasse, Mike DesLauriers, and Robby Wiens. Carleton battled back and cut the lead to 7-4 by scoring three times in the fourth inning and once in the fifth inning. The Gusties scored once in the fifth to make the score 8-4 and then broke the game open with five more runs in the sixth inning. Big hits in the five-run sixth included a double by Pat Siering that scored two runs and a single by Shea Roehrkasse that plated two Gusties. Derek Eddie picked up the win on the mound for Gustavus. Eddie pitched four innings allowing three runs on six hits. Ryan Michaelis pitched the final three innings scattering four hits and allowing one run. Senior Nate Ruff led the Gusties at the plate with four hits in four trips to the plate. Shea Roehrkasse also had a productive game with three hits in four at-bats with three RBI.
In game two, the Gusties got off to a quick start scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning. All five runs were scored after two outs and two of the runs scored as a result of wild pitches. Leading 7-1 after three innings, Gustavus exploded for 17 runs in the final three innings. The Gusties pounded out five hits in the four-run fourth, six hits in the eight-run fifth, and three hits in the five-run sixth. Mike DesLauriers went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI in the three inning outburst. Gustavus recorded 20 hits in the game and the 24 runs scored with the most since a 26-2 win over Hamline on May 5, 2004. Kraig Olson turned in a solid performance on the mound scattering four hits and allowing one earned run in five innings of work. Andrew Hoffer pitched the sixth inning and Brandon Knoll pitched the seventh inning to complete the game for the Gusties. Tyler Kaus, Pat Siering, Shea Roehrkasse, and Mike DesLauriers all recorded three hits in the game for Gustavus.
The Gusties have now won eight straight games and are off to their best start in conference play since 1971 when Gustavus won its first 12 games in league play.
Coach Mike Carroll’s squad will travel to St. Paul to face Macalester in a doubleheader on Sunday at 1:00 pm.