GALESBURG, Ill. - The weather cooperated for Beloit College's baseball team Sunday afternoon.
The Knox College Prairie Fire weren't quite as hospitable.
The Buccaneers dropped their season opener to the host Prairie Fire, 13-10, in 12 innings. The game took nearly four hours to complete, causing the teams to cancel the nightcap of their scheduled double-header.
Beloit's Terrance Cribbs tied the game with a leadoff home run in the top of the second inning.
After blanking Knox in the next half inning, Robbie Achromowicz led off the third inning with a single and the Bucs went on to score six runs on three hits and three errors. Jalen Davis and Cribbs each had an RBI single as the Bucs built up a 7-1 advantage.
It didn't last lone. Knox pulled to within a run by scoring five runs on five hits in its half of the inning. The Prairie Fire then scored twice in the fourth for an 8-7 lead.
Cribbs and junior Ethan Conley drew back-to-back walks, advanced a base on a passed ball and Cribbs scored on a wild pitch to tie the game 8-8. Knox retook the lead in its half of the inning.
In the top of the sixth, Mark Christine walked and stole second and then third. Back-to-back walks for Davis and Jeremy Dutton loaded the bases and Conley came through with the game-tying RBI single.
The teams traded runs in the bottom of the seventh and top of the eighth, respectively, to make it 10-10. Dutton's RBI double scored Beloit's run.
Knox scored the decisive runs in the bottom of the 12th courtesy of the long ball.
• NOTES: Three Bucs recorded multiple hits in the game including Davis (2-for-6), Cribbs (2-for-5) and Conley (2-for-5). The three combined for five runs, four RBIs and three walks in the game.
Seven Beloit hurlers took the mound in the extended game with junior righty David Harrison taking the loss in 4 1-3 innings of work. The Bucs allowed 15 hits and 10 bases on balls. They struck out 11.
• NEXT UP: The Buccs head to Florida to compete in the RussMatt Invitational March 10-17. Games will be played at complexes in Winterhaven and Auburndale.