Senior Henry DeCaster threw a five-hit shutout to secure a 6-0 win for Tommie Baseball over Gustavus in the opener of Tuesday's MIAC doubleheader in St. Peter.
Game two was halted by darkness with a 5-5 score after 10 innings. That game will be resumed at the start of the 11th inning at a date to be determined.
The Tommies (13-7 overall, 5-2 MIAC) moved within one-half game of the MIAC lead behind 6-2 St. Olaf.
Dan Bolingberg had a pair of RBI hits in game one. The Purple took a 1-0 lead into the last inning, then added five runs in the top of the seventh inning. Avery Lehman's two-run single started the uprising; Sam Cobbs scored on a delayed steal; Chandler Schaefbauer and Bolingberg added RBI doubles.
DeCaster fanned eight and walked one. It was the 14th time in his three-year Tommie career that he's struck out eight or more. He escaped a bases-loaded jam with two out in the fourth with a ground out.
Four Tommie relief pitchers allowed just one earned run and one hit over the final 7 1-3 innings in game two. Gustavus trailed 5-4 but tied the game on a two-out infield error in the bottom of the ninth. Sam Cobbs had a homer among his three hits in game two.
Weather permitting, the Toms are scheduled to play a home doubleheader Wednesday against Carleton