BELOIT, Wisconsin - The Knox Prairie Fire baseball team fell to the Beloit College Buccaneers this Friday, losing by a final score of 11-7. With the loss, the team’s record on the season sits at 1-10, but just 0-1 in conference play.
The Prairie Fire got into a bit of trouble early on in the first inning, as the Buccaneers slapped several hits and drove in three runs. Jason Clark responded in the top of the second with a blistering home run to left field, his first of the season. Beloit responded with a home run of their own in the bottom of the second to make the score 4-1. After another Buccaneers run in both the third and fourth innings, Christopher McTeague used some nice hitting to single home two more runs for Knox in the bottom of the fifth, bringing the score to a manageable 6-3.
Unfortunately, Beloit exploded for five more runs in the next two innings, putting the Prairie Fire into a large hole. Evan Laws helped bring the Prairie Fire closer, driving in two runs with an eighth inning double. Laws had one of his better games of the season this Friday, going 1-for-3 with 2 runs, 2 RBIs, and a walk. EJ Roncone also had a good day offensively, going 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs of his own in the eighth inning, as well. This wasn’t enough for Knox to come back, though, and they never seriously threatened Beloit’s lead.
“We executed very well at the plate today,” said associate head coach James Clark. “Unfortunately we got behind in counts on the mound all day and made a few silly mistakes on defense that cost us the game. We are starting to show our potential, we just need to bring it all together now.”