AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Dylan Blake tied a career-high four hits as the St. Olaf College baseball team defeated Kalamazoo College, 15-2, in the Oles final game of the Russmatt Central Florida Invitational on Wednesday.
After St. Olaf (9-4) was tied with Kalamazoo (1-6) at the end of the second inning, the Oles scored 10 runs off six hits in the third inning to gain the lead and held it for the remainder of the game. Luke Dahl hit a three-run double and Tommy McDonald added a three-run triple in the inning to account for six of St. Olaf's 10 runs.
The last time the Oles scored more than nine runs in an inning was an 11-run fifth inning against Concordia (Minn.) on Apr. 3, 2016.
St. Olaf had 10 different players record at least one hit in the game, and Sam Stuckmayer was a perfect 3-for-3 at bat, along with three RBI and one run. Blake had four hits, four runs and two RBI, and McDonald added two hits, three RBI and three runs.
Jesse Retzlaff pitched a complete game and improved his season record to 3-0, as he recorded six strikeouts while only allowing two runs.
St. Olaf scored two runs in the first inning after Sam Stuckmayer singled to left center and sent Blake and McDonald in to put the Oles on top at 2-0. Kalamazoo answered in the bottom of the inning with two runs off two hits, including a sacrifice fly to even the score at 2-2.
After a scoreless second inning, St. Olaf exploded in the third with 10 runs off six hits and one error committed by the Hornets. McDonald and Blake hit back-to-back singles to start the inning. After the bases were loaded, back-to-back walks resulted in the first two runs of the inning.
With one out on the board, Dahl had a with a three-run double, followed by two walks and a three-run triple down the right field line by McDonald that made the score 10-2. Blake followed the triple with a single up the middle and collected the RBI as McDonald scored.
The Oles expanded on the lead in the top of the fourth after two outs as Blake doubled to left field and Bobby Isbell scored. An RBI single from Sam Pressman down the left field line added another run to the board and a single up the middle from Matthew Muller extended St. Olaf's lead to 15-2.
Both teams were held scoreless in the final three innings of the contest. The Oles had 16 hits compared to just eight from the Hornets.
St. Olaf is back to action for its first Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) contests on Saturday, Mar. 30, for a doubleheader at Hamline beginning at 1 p.m.