Wisconsin 8, La Crosse 5
The Woodchucks offense came to life after a lackluster night with the bats on Wednesday. The ‘Chucks used great plate discipline and clutch hitting to score eight runs on nine hits. Picking up the win for the ‘Chucks was Bobby Alcala (San Diego State), who had a solid outing allowing five runs on ten hits, in 6.0 innings on work. Jayson McClaren (Nevada Reno) earned a save the hard way, pitching the 6th through 9th innings without allowing a run to score. Jamie Bruno (Louisiana State) led the way for the ‘Chucks, who had four runs batted in after hitting a double with the bases loaded in the fourth inning, and walking in a run with the bases loaded in the third inning. Travis Whitmore (Pittsburgh) filled up the box score with three singles, two runs scored, an RBI, and two stolen bases.
Eau Claire 3, Madison 1
The Express got a great pitching performance out of George Jensen (Des Moines CC) who threw 7.0 innings of four hit baseball. Jensen struck out 11 Mallard batters while walking none. Jensen’s college teammate, Drew Freie (Des Moines CC), got his second save of the season. The Express were led offensively by center fielder Steve McGuiggan (Illinois Chicago) who was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Madison native Brett Benesh (Wisconsin Platteville) was 2-for-3 for the Mallards.
Waterloo 1, Green Bay 0
The Waterloo Bucks beat the Green Bay Bullfrogs in extra innings in Waterloo on Thursday. The Bucks scored a run in the 11th when Nick Anderson (Bradley) scored on a wild pitch. Anderson led off the inning with a double, Zach McCool (Iowa) bunted him to third and Anderson scored after a wild pitch from Brian Burgess (West Alabama). Both teams received great starting pitching performances and great defense. The 11 inning game only took two hours and thirty minutes to complete. Jerrod Eigsti (Bradley) was a perfect 3-for-3 on the night for the Bucks.
Battle Creek 3, Wisconsin Rapids 2
The Battle Creek Bombers beat the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 3-2 in extra innings Thursday night at Witter Field. In a game that used 35 players, only five runs were scored in a pitchers battle. The Bombers got a great start out of Jon Weaver (Heartland CC) who threw 8.2 innings of five hit baseball. Weaver struck out 10 Rafters while only walking two. The Rafters also got a great performance out of their pitching staff, but couldn’t keep Brandon Bayardi (UNLV) from scoring in the top of the 10th. The Rafters were led by lead-off hitter Cody Koback (Wisconsin Stevens Point) who was 3-for-5.
Alexandria 5, Willmar 1
For the second straight night the Stingers were down three runs in the eighth, but this time, Willmar couldn’t rally back. The Alexandria Beetles took the second of a two game set at Bill Taunton Stadium on Thursday, beating the Stingers 5-1. Stingers starter Cody Barnes (Daytona State) gave up a run in the top of the first, but settled in after that, going 7.0 strong innings allowing eight hits and walking none on 94 pitches before coming out of the game. The lone Stingers run came in the bottom of the first, with Isaac Ballou (Marshall) motoring home from second on a Jordan Smith (St. Cloud State) opposite field single. The Beetles were led by Matt Lowenstein (Loyola Marymount) who went 3-for-5 and short-stop Marcus Semien (Cal-Berkeley) who was 2-for-3 with one run scored a walk and two stolen bases.
Mankato 5, Thunder Bay 0
The Mankato MoonDogs defeated the Thunder Bay Border Cats 5-0. Pitcher Clint Dempster (Nicholls State) went 5.0 solid innings, but Tim Fangman (Black Hawk CC) got the win as he came into a scoreless game to pitch 3.0 innings. Logan Odom (USC) came in to finish the game in the ninth. The MoonDogs started the scoring in the sixth inning when catcher Bobby Jacobs (Penn State) came through with a clutch two-out single to plate second baseman Cody Fick (Evansville) and third baseman Jordan Steranka (Penn State). The last two runs came across in the eighth as Sam Eberle (Jacksonville State) scored on a passed ball and Danny Miller (Minnesota State) scored on a single by center fielder Jose Perez (Kishwaukee CC).
Duluth 2, St. Cloud 1
Austen Wisroth (Wayne State) struck out five and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Thursday but lost the game 2-1 in front of 1,278 fans at Joe Faber Field. Wisroth allowed just three hits over 6.1 innings. Kyle Roliard (Louisiana Tech) hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to tie the game and Scott Sommerfeld (Missouri) hit one of his own to give the Huskies the lead in the seventh inning. Josh Renfro (State College of Florida) earned the win for Duluth, allowing just one earned run on four hits over 6.0 innings; he struck out two and hit a batter.
Rochester 8, Brainerd 6
A seven run eighth inning for the Rochester Honkers propelled them to a come-from-behind 8-6 victory. Ian Horkley (Davidson) entered the inning with a four run lead and while he ran into trouble, as a ground ball off of the bat of Bryan Karraker (Central Arizona) rolled to shortstop Adam Koglin (UNLV) it appeared as the Lunkers would get out of the inning maintaining the lead. Koglin, however, overran the grounder, and the error allowed the Honkers to tie the game. The very next hitter, Richie Jimenez (UNLV), knocked a single into center field to bring home the go-ahead run. The Honkers would tack on two more with Drew Beurelein’s (UNLV) 2 RBI double.