DeGeorge nabs 400th Bucs victory

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MAUSTON, Wis. — Beloit College’s baseball team played two games with Milwaukee School of Engineering totaling 25 innings Saturday.

After falling 7-6 in 11 innings in the opener, the Buccaneers put in 14 more in game two to log an historic 7-5 win.

The victory in the nightcap was the 400th career victory for head coach Dave DeGeorge, all at Beloit College. In his 27th season guiding Beloit, he is just the second Buc coach to record 400 wins. He joins legendary men’s basketball coach Bill Knapton, who recorded 557 in his 40 seasons with the Bucs.

Jeremy Dutton led off the Beloit 14th with a single and scored what proved to be the game-winner on a passed ball. Brice Call drove in Mark Christine, who also had singled, for an insurance run that wasn’t needed.

The Bucs jumped on top first in the game, scoring twice in the third inning on an error and a Jalen Davis RBI single. The Raiders tied it with two outs in the bottom of the fourth and then both teams scored once in the fifth, with Dutton scoring on an error in the top of the inning.

Both teams scored twice in the seventh to force extra innings, with Dutton doubling in the first run and Christine plating the other with a groundout.

Both teams had opportunities in extra innings before Beloit broke through in the 14th to secure the milestone victory for DeGeorge.

Relief pitcher Danny Belling earned the win, scattering seven hits over eight innings, allowing two runs while striking out six and walking one.

Christine earned his third save of the season, closing it out in the 14th.

Dutton had three hits while Mike Gulve, Call, Davis and Kam Sallee had two each. Former Beloit Memorial standout Andres Oselio was 5-for-6 with a run scored and an RBI playing shortstop for MSOE.

• In the opener, MSOE pushed across a run in the 11th with two outs for the walkoff win.

Beloit took the lead in the first on Austin Martinez’s RBI single and added three runs in the second on Sallee’s three-run double to right center.

The Bucs made it 5-0 in the top of the third when Gulve grounded out to short, scoring Dutton. But the Raiders took the lead in the bottom of three with six runs on seven hits.

Beloit tied it 6-all in the top of four when Dutton doubled to left center, scoring Terence Cribbs, who had reached on a fielder’s choice. It stayed that way until MSOE got their walkoff in the 11th.

Gulve, Call, Sallee, Martinez and Dutton all had two hits in the game.

The Bucs open their home season at The Ballpark at Strong Stadium this Saturday against Knox College (1 p.m.).

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