CHICAGO – On a frigid Monday afternoon at J. Kyle Anderson Field, the University of Chicago baseball team's bats thawed just in time to salvage a doubleheader split with Beloit College.
The Maroons and the Buccaneers both ran their season records to 10-7.
Game One – Beloit 4, UChicago 1
With temperatures between the low 40s and high 30s, runs proved hard to come by. But Beloit came out ready in the top of the first inning with a quartet of singles that plated three runs. The visitors added one more tally in the top of the second.
UChicago's hitters struggled to create opportunities and were held to three hits over the seven-inning contest. First-year second baseman James Kelly lofted a RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second; however, that was all the Maroons would get the rest of the way.
Junior first baseman Brady Sarkon had the unique distinction of having no official at-bats in game one – he absorbed hit-by-pitches in all three of his plate appearances. Junior outfielder Connor Hickey was 1-for-2 with two walks and two stolen bases as well.
Junior Joe Liberman (2-2 record) took the loss in 1.1 innings. First-year Zach Morochnik tossed 5.2 scoreless innings of relief. UChicago's defense helped out in several tight situations, turning a pair of double plays, including one with the bases loaded to escape the top of the fourth.
Game Two – UChicago 8, Beloit 1
The home team broke out in a big way late in game two. The Maroons greeted Beloit's new reliever in the bottom of the sixth with six runs on four hits. Two walks put runners on for junior catcher Ian Bohn, who hit a slow chopper to third base. Bohn beat out the throw, but the ball sailed past first base and scored the lead runner. A wild-pitch strikeout in the next at-bat brought in another before Sarkon cracked a RBI single through the left side.
Sophomore designated hitter Payton Jancsy continued the trend by roping a RBI single to left field. Then another Beloit throwing error scored two unearned runs to expand the advantage to 8-1.
Beloit's starting pitcher worked lightning quick on the mound and kept UChicago's hitters off balance until the bottom of the fourth. Hickey led off with a single to center field that turned into a double when he took the extra base due to the Bucs' leisurely approach on the ball. Senior outfielder Maximiliano Larsen immediately followed up with a laser double to left center that scored the first run of the game. Junior outfielder Josh Parks added a RBI sacrifice fly to center field.
The visitors halved the deficit with one in the sixth inning, until UChicago's onslaught put the game out of reach.
Sophomore Jacob Petersen (3-2 record) put in an effective performance on the hill. The right-handed threw four innings with one hit, one walk and two strikeouts to his credit. First-year David Clarke handled the remaining three innings and earned his fourth save of the season.
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