Carroll's Eighth-Inning Rally Stuns Warriors

Photo Credit: Bari Vredeveld
Photo Credit: Bari Vredeveld

WAUKESHA, Wis. (WLCSports.com) - Carroll scored six unearned runs in the eighth inning to erase a five-run deficit and hand the Wisconsin Lutheran College baseball team a gut-wrenching 13-12 defeat on Wednesday afternoon at Frame Park. The loss snapped the Warriors' six-game winning streak over the Pioneers.

THE BASICS

  • Score: Carroll 13, Wisconsin Lutheran 12
  • Location: Frame Park, Waukesha, Wis.
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (8-12), Carroll (6-17)

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

  • Curtis Engelbrecht (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis./Northland Lutheran) started the scoring for the Warriors in the first when his RBI single scored Colton Tisch (Genoa City, Wis./Badger). The Pioneers tied the game with a run on two hits and an error in their half of the first.
  • Back-to-back two-out RBI singles to center field in the third from Joe Hanson (La Crosse, Wis./Logan) and Sid Lehman (Theresa, Wis./Mayville) gave Wisconsin Lutheran a 3-1 lead. Carroll got one of those runs back on a two-out RBI double in the second.
  • Engelbrecht launched the first home run of his career in the fifth for a 4-2 WLC lead, but CU scored three times in its half inning on three two-out RBI hits for a 5-4 lead.
  • The Warriors responded with a three-run sixth inning after Tisch drove in two with a double and KJ Banse (Racine, Wis./St. Catherine's) added a run-scoring single. After a pair of scoreless half innings, The Pioneers knotted the score at 7-7 in the seventh on another two-out, two-RBI single.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran broke the game open in the eighth with five runs for a 12-7 lead. A RBI single from Lehman and a two-out grand slam from Tisch, the first of his career, gave the Warriors some cushion.
  • Carroll stunned the Warriors with a six-run bottom of the eighth that included five hits and three errors. All of the Pioneers' runs in the inning were unearned. WLC had one last chance in the ninth, the CU retired the side in order.
  • Engelbrecht finished 4-for-6 with two RBI and three runs. Tisch added six RBI and was one of four Warriors with a multi-hit game. WLC's seven home runs already surpasses its total from 2016 when it hit five. Five Warriors pitchers combined to allow just five earned runs.

FOR THE FOES

  • Brady Durni went 4-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored for the Pioneers, who also totaled 15 hits in the game. Carroll had nine pitchers throw 1.0 inning each, with Hunter Frey earning the win and Jake Langford picking up the save.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors return to conference action on Saturday for a showdown with Benedictine (13-10, 5-3 NACC) at Neumann Family Field. First pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. Links to live audio for both games will be available at WLCSports.com. WLC and BenU split their doubleheader a season ago in Lisle, Ill.