Auburndale, Fla. – The Alma College baseball team (1-2) fell to Neumann University (PA) by a score of 7-4 Tuesday in the Scots third game of the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. Sophomore catcher Alex Dwan (Saginaw, Mich. / Novel Catholic Central) led the way at the plate with three hits and two rbi for Alma.
How It Happened
- Sophomore Carson Kempa (North Branch, Mich. / North Branch) started the game on the mound for the Scots. The southpaw retired the minimum seven batters until the third inning when a walk and double led to the first run of the day.
- In the fourth, the Knights (3-3) had runners on the corners with one out but Kempa struck out back-to-back batters to keep it a 1-0 game heading to fifth.
- In the top of fifth, the Scots rallied with two outs to earn two walks and single to have bases loaded. But Alma could not take advantage and left the all three runners on base. Neumann would answer with two runs in the bottom half of the frame to take a 3-0 lead.
- Dwan had his second hit of the day with a double to start the sixth. The Scots had runners at first and second later in the inning with one out but a ground ball double play ended the chance of getting on the scoreboard.
- Down 7-0 heading to the ninth, Alma started to produce. After a single by junior Pete Carravallah (Canton, Mich. / Plymouth), freshman Joshua Robinson (Dewitt, Mich. / Dewitt) drove in the first Scots run with his first career hit.
- Junior Max Trucks (Mt. Pleasant, Mich. / Mt. Pleasant) made it 7-2 with a sacrifice fly to score Robinson. Dwan cut the lead to three with a double down the left field line that plated two. The Scots had the tying run on base after back-to-back walks but Neumann was able to escape the bases loaded jam to end the game.
Kempa struck out five batters over 4.1 innings pitched in his season debut.
Alma left 13 men on base for the day.
The Scots are now halfway through their spring break trip. They will play a double header against Lyndon State College (VT) on Wednesday (Feb. 27). First game is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m.