VERONA, Wisconsin – The MSOE baseball team kept its hot-hitting going with 31 runs and 39 hits over 15 innings in a doubleheader sweep of Edgewood Saturday afternoon at Stampfl Field.
The Raiders (14-10, 5-3 NACC) won game one 17-3 in a game that was shortened to eight innings by a run rule, then scored in each of the first six innings against the Eagles (10-10, 4-6 NACC) in game two's 14-3 victory, which was ended after the seventh inning.
Sophomore Nick Gross hit home runs in both ends of the doubleheader and finished with six hits and eight runs driven in on the day. In game one, all nine batters had multiple hits, including three each by the 1-5 hitters in the lineup.
MSOE led 8-3 before a nine-run eighth inning sent the game to its premature end. The Red & White sent 14 hitters to the plate and had the first seven of the inning reach base. After a fielder's choice, the hit parade continued with three more hits. When the smoke had cleared it 17-3.
Freshman Justin Celeski then struck out the side in order in the eighth to end the game.
The Raiders had opened the scoring in game one with a single run in the first inning before breaking the game open with a five-run third inning. The team collected six hits in the frame, including a run of four-straight.
Edgewood would pull back single runs in the third and fourth innings to make it 6-2. Then, after Gross hit a two-run home run in the sixth, the Eagles scored a run in the bottom half of that inning.
Gross had three hits and drove in five in the opener. Carrington had three doubles as senior Brandon McCumber reached base four times with three hits and a walk, and juniors Ryan Newman and Owen Burnikel also had three hits each.
The momentum carried over into the second game, as Newman, Gross, and sophomore Andres Oselio each had three hits each. This time it was Newman with the five RBIs. He joined Gross and Burnikel with home runs in the game. Carrington, meanwhile, knocked out two more doubles in the game.
The Raiders scored in each of the first six innings in game two before another late big inning put an exclamation point on the victory. This time, it was a seven-run sixth inning. MSOE hit around for the second time on the day and hit all three of its home runs in the inning. Burnikel led off with a home run, Newman later hit a grand slam, and Gross went the other way with a two-run shot to right field.
Lost in all of the attention paid to the Raider bats was strong pitching in both games. Junior Michael Boehmer (4-1) struck out five over 6.1 innings of work in game one for the win. He worked around 10 hits and allowed just two earned runs. Celeski then came on and struck out three of the six hitters he faces with 1.2 innings of hitless relief.
In game two, sophomore Matt Mohapp (3-1) picked up the win with 5.0 innings of work. He allowed three runs and struck out five. Freshman Nathan Tremore gave MSOE another solid outing bullpen, facing seven hitters and striking out three over 2.0 innings to finish the game.
MSOE has now reached double-figures in hits in seven-straight games, as well as six of eight NACC games played, and has scored at least 10 runs five times in 10 games this month with another game of nine runs scored. The Raiders are hitting .372 and averaging 10.3 runs per game in conference play.
The team will look to continue its run when it returns to the field Monday against Marian. First pitch in the doubleheader is at noon at The Rock Complex.