Carthage skipper reaches 900 wins

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KENOSHA, Wis. – It was a historic day at Augie Schmidt Field on Friday afternoon, as the Carthage College Red Men swept a two-game series against the Hawks of the Illinois Institute of Technology, 13-3 and 15-0.
 
The win in game one on Friday was a milestone that has only been reached by a handful of coaches ever.  The 13-3 win was #900 for head coach Augie Schmidt IV, making the winningest coach in Carthage history the 13th ever to accomplish the feat and the sixth among active coaches.
 
"Getting your 900th win is a humbling experience, to be honest," said the head coach after the game.  "You look back at it and you have family that has supported you.  You have an administration that has supported you.  I have had unbelievable assistant coaches that have supported me, and just a ton of really good players.  It has been an honor to be here for this long, to be able to achieve this.  I never hit and never pitched, we had a lot of really good players to get us to 900.  It's just been an honor to do it here at Carthage.
 
Game 1: Carthage 13, IIT 1
Game one looked as though it was going to be a pitching duel in the opener as freshman Matt Willett had faced the minimum through three and the Red Men were held without a hit until the third.  However, Carthage turned the bats on in the third as the Red Men scored five times on six hits with Myles Farley delivering a two-RBI double to open the scoring.  Colton Klein, Cody Phelps and Nick Pierce all added RBI's as well in the inning.
 
In the fourth, Ryan Kramer doubled for the second time in the game, plating a pair in Colton Klein and Myles Farley to push the lead to 7-0.  Pierce added another RBI in the fourth and Cody Phelps drove in Farley in the fifth for a 9-0 lead.
 
IIT would break through against Willett in the sixth and plate a pair in the seventh before Schmidt lifted his starter.  Willett finished his day allowing three earned runs on five hits and striking out a pair in 6.2 inning to pick up his second win.
 
The Red Men added four in the seventh as Pierce and Phelps drove in their third run each and Joe Godlevske ended it early with a pinch hit RBI single to give Carthage the 10-run advantage.
 
Carthage finished with 13 runs on 15 hits and did not commit an error, while IIT scored three runs on six hits and committed two errors.
 
Game 2: Carthage 15, IIT 0
The bats didn't cool off in game two as Carthage jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead as Nick Pierce drove in a pair on a double and Schwartz knocked home Pierce in the next at bat. 
 
It proved to be more than enough run support for senior Joe Nelson, who went five innings allowing just three hits and striking out three to even his record out at 1-1 on the season with the win.
 
Carthage added four runs in the second after loading the bases with no outs, as Ryan Kramer delivered his second extra base hit of the game, blasting a grand slam to left center to plate Myles Farley, Ricky Bergstrom and Myles Farley.
 
After adding a run in the fifth and sixth, the Red Men exploded for six runs on four hits in the seventh to put the game away.  Joe Sisk had the big hit of the inning with a pinch hit RBI double down the right field line to put the Red Men up 11-0.  Klein, Johnny Belskis, Brian Croke and Joe Godlevske also added RBIs in the inning for Carthage.
 
Brandon Hanik, whom has served as a utility infielder most of the season so far, made his collegiate pitching debut out of the bullpen in the win.  The freshman finished the shutout win for the Red Men going 2.0 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three.
 
Looking at the team's performance Schmidt said, "It was a good offensive day.  With these non-conference games we need to figure out who will be in the rotation past our one and two guys so it was nice to see Willett and Nelson throw really well.  We will need a lot of pitching to get through the schedule we have coming up.  Ryan Kramer continued to crush the ball so we'll take it!"
 
Kramer finished the day with the hottest bat for Carthage, hitting .625 with five hits in eight at bats, including three doubles and the grand slam along with six runs batted in and five runs scored.  His middle infield partner, Myles Farley, also had a great day at the plate, finishing the sweep with four hits and five runs scored. 
 
Colton Klein and Nick Pierce each also collected five hits on the day, with each getting a pair of doubles, and Klein scoring five times, while Pierce drive five in.
 
The pair of wins moves the Red Men to 15-3 on the season, while two losses drops the Hawks to 8-6.
 
Carthage will return home on Tuesday, after the Easter break, with their first of three games against Elmhurst College this season.  The Red Men will host the Bluejays at Augie Schmidt Field with first pitch set for 3:00 p.m.