Norse get first win

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — The Bay College baseball team played two games here Tuesday, winning the first 11-8 against Western Connecticut State jayvee for its first win in program history. The Norse then lost the second 5-4 against Earlham College jayvee.

The first game was scoreless until the third inning when Mark Zhang hit a fly ball that scored Lucas Weinert to put the Norse up 1-0.

In the top of the fourth, six hits, two walks, and two errors led to seven runs for Western Connecticut to overtake the Norse 7-1.

The Norse chipped away their deficit to 7-6 over the next couple innings, culminating with a hit from Owen Hanson in the seventh.

Western Connecticut extended its advantage in the eighth on a clutch double to center that drove in a run.

After four base hits in the bottom of the eighth, Zhang singled to plate a run, and Flynn Morrison doubled to center, driving in two to make it 9-8 to give the Norse the lead.

With a double steal score from Morrison later and another run on a left field drive, Bay sealed the game.

Zhang finished 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. Oliver Dunn and Hanson both went 3-for-5. Connor Olson came on in relief in the fourth and pitched four and two-thirds. He gave up one hit, one earned run, and two walks with six strikeouts.

Alex Morehouse worked the ninth to get the save, walking and striking out two.

Morrison kicked the second game off for the Norse with a sacrifice fly to center with the bases loaded. After Justin Popelka singled in a second run, Bay led 2-0 until the fifth. Zhang doubled to left, netting the Norse another run.

Bay’s Garrett Finkbeiner didn’t give up a hit until the top of the fifth, but it was the sixth inning that gave him trouble.

Earlham loaded the bases and tied it at 3, starting with a sacrifice fly and getting two more from a hard single.

A squeeze bunt from Sam McDonald allowed the Norse to retake the lead in the bottom half of the inning.

Earlham’s Cameron McCabe landed a big hit to left in the ninth off of Bay’s Kyler Moir that tied the game. The Norse were unable to strike back in the bottom half.

With one out in the top of the 10th, a ground ball took a high hop and was marked as an error to put an Earlham runner on first. The runner moved around to third after a failed pickoff, and took advantage of a wild pitch to give Earlham the lead.

In the bottom half, the Norse loaded the bases with two outs. Pinch-hitter Tyler Skufca worked to a 2-2 count, but a hard ground ball ended the game.

Mason Korhonen took the loss on the mound in relief. Finkbeiner was given a no-decision, giving up three unearned runs on four hits, one walk and six strikeouts. Zhang and Popelka each went 2-for-5 with a double and one RBI.

The Norse (1-5) return to Dodgertown to take on Eastern Gateway Community College for a doubleheader today beginning at 1 p.m.

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