Beloit halts winning streak at eight games
Bucs take two from Warriors in non-conference action
April 6, 2011
MILWAUKEE – Unlike their recent trend, the WLC Warriors baseball team could not overcome early deficits as they dropped two non-conference games to Beloit College by scores of 3-0 and 5-0 Wednesday afternoon at Neumann Family Field.
Freshman pitcher Alex Nikolai (South Milwaukee, Wis./Thomas More) held the Buccaneers scoreless through the first three innings of game one. Beloit got on the board first with two runs on three hits in the fourth inning and added another in the seventh.
Wisconsin Lutheran seemed destined for another comeback rally in the fifth inning as it loaded the bases with no outs. Instead, Beloit induced a double play and a groundout to escape the inning unscathed.
WLC managed just four hits in the game as the Buccaneers used a committee of three pitchers to earn the shutout. Nikolai was effective on the mound in his third start of the season. He tossed the complete game, allowing three earned runs and six hits. Senior Ryan Pollesch (Markesan, Wis./Markesan) led the Warriors offensively, reaching base three times with two hits and a walk.
The Warriors offensive struggles carried over to the second game as they again could only muster four hits against the BC pitching staff.
Pitching and defense dominated through the first five frames as both offenses exchanged three hits apiece. The Bucs broke through in the sixth inning, taking advantage of three walks and an error to plate five runs on three hits.
Pollesch allowed just three hits through the first five innings of his start before surrendering four earned runs in the sixth. Junior reliever Steve Gustafson (West Bend, Wis./Luther Preparatory) came in relief and allowed one hit in 1.2 innings pitched. Sophomore Tyler Schoen (Marion, Wis./Marion) claimed two of WLC’s four hits.
Wisconsin Lutheran (12-7, 4-0 NAC) will look to continue its early conference success when it hosts Rockford College (6-9, 2-2 NAC) Saturday in a 12 p.m. doubleheader at Neumann Family Field.