Baseball Splits Against Carleton After Volness’ One-Hitter

Posted on April 30th, 2016 by

ST. PETER, Minn. – The Gustavus baseball team split its doubleheader against Carleton on Saturday, winning game one 5-0 behind a one-hit pitching performance by Jacob Volness (Sr., Cokato, Minn.) and losing game two 4-0. With the split, the Gusties move to 14-18 overall and 5-11 in the MIAC.

Gustavus 5, Carleton 0 | BOX SCORE

Volness’ one-hit pitching performance marked the fewest hits allowed by a Gustavus pitcher since Josh Spitzak tossed a no-hitter against Carleton on April 2, 2005 in Northfield, Minn. The lone Knights hit in game one Saturday came in the second inning. Volness struck out six, didn’t surrender a walk, and beaned one batter against 24 faced – three above the minimum.

The Gusties scored what proved to be the game-winning run in the third inning. Dan Carlson (Jr., Plymouth, Minn.) walked, stole second, and scored on a single off the bat of Josh Chatfield (Jr., Apple Valley, Minn.). The next inning, Gustavus added three runs. Robert D’Amato (Sr., Lonsdale, Minn.) and Neil Engler (Sr., Lakeville, Minn.) singled to put runners on the corners and Joe Melles (Sr., Hopkins, Minn.) followed with another single to score a run. After a sacrifice bunt by Cody Christensen (Sr., Luverne, Minn.), Carlson ensued with a two-run single, giving the Gusties a 4-0 advantage.

The fifth Gustie run crossed home in the sixth inning. Cameron Hufendick (So., Minneapolis, Minn.) singled, advanced to second on a sacrifice, went to third on a heads-up stolen base, and scored on a single by Carlson.

Carlson led the Gusties at the plate, batting 3-for-3 with a run, three RBI, walk, and a stolen base.

Gustavus 0, Carleton 4 | BOX SCORE

The Gusties struggled to find any momentum at the plate in game two as the Carleton pitching tandem of Gar Crowell and Cody Bohlman allowed just five hits in the shutout.

The Knights scored two runs in the third, which proved to be enough, on a single, double, and sacrifice fly. Carleton added a run in the seventh and another in the ninth for its four-run total. The Gusties left nine runners on base, five of which in scoring position.

Adam Stockwell (Fy., Apple Valley, Minn.) went six innings on the mound, allowing three earned runs on six hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Kyle Pinke (Jr., St. James, Minn.) tossed two innings of relief, giving up three hits, striking out one and walking one. Jacob Braun (Jr., Wayzata, Minn.) threw the ninth inning and allowed one unearned run on two hits and a strikeout.

John Lundquist (So., Rochester, Minn.) led the Gusties at the dish, going 2-for-4.

Gustavus returns to the Gustie Baseball Field tomorrow for a 2 p.m. non-conference doubleheader against UM-Morris.

 

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