The Gustavus baseball team swept Williams College 14-12 in nine innings and 9-6 late Monday night before losing to Southern Maine 17-8 and 10-2 on Tuesday in Chandler, Ariz. The Gusties needed late inning rallies in both games to defeat the Ephs, but were unable to keep the offense going against the 10th-ranked Huskies. Gustavus is now 6-8 overall and will wrap up its Spring Break trip against Oberlin College on Wednesday.
In the first game against Williams College, Coach Carroll’s team built a 12-4 lead heading into the seventh inning, but the Ephs battled back to tie the contest at 12-12 to force extra innings. The Gusties would score two runs in the ninth to claim the 14-12 victory. Adam Bren started on the mound for Gustavus and pitched six strong innings. Several batters recorded multi-hit games, including Erik Sveen (4-for-5 with a double and a stolen base), Alan Woitas (3-for-6 with a double and a triple), Nate Ruff (3-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs), and Tory Herman (2-for-5 and five RBIs).
The Gusties trailed 4-1 in the second game of the doubleheader when the contest was delayed 30 minutes due to lighting problems. Once the game resumed, Gustavus came back to win 9-6. Starting pitcher Andrew Woitas recorded 4.1 innings, but it was Kevin Hagen who recorded the win in relief. Chad Eul provided the bulk of the offense for the Gusties as he drove in six runs and went 3-for-4 with a single, a double, and a bases loaded triple. Cody Sukalski also added two RBIs as he was 2-for-3 at the plate, while Matt Morgan went 2-for-3 with a double.
Gustavus struggled on the mound and at the plate against 10th-ranked Southern Maine on Tuesday. The Gusties lost game one 17-8 as Derek Eddie suffered the loss after pitching three innings, allowing eight hits, and surrendering six runs. Ryan Michaelis and Thomas Jaede also made appearances on the mound. Game two produced similar results as Jake Kruegel picked up the loss in 4.1 innings of work and giving up eight runs and 12 hits. Andrew Woitas had the top performance at the plate going a combined 4-for-7. Mike DesLauriers and Alan Woitas also went 2-for-3 in game one and game two, respectively.