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Eau Claire 4, Wisconsin 1
The Express took Wednesday night’s game from the Woodchucks due to a two run seventh inning.  Nate Baumann (Augustana) reached base on an error and was drove in by college teammate, Drew Heithoff (Augustana), when Heithoff doubled.  Heithoff later scored on a Steve McGuiggan (Illinois Chicago) fielder’s choice to put the Express of 3-1.  The Express received a great pitching performance from George Jensen (Des Moines CC) who is now 3-0 on the season with a 0.90 ERA. 

La Crosse 3, Waterloo 2
The La Crosse Loggers scored one in the eight and one in the ninth to come from behind to beat the Waterloo Bucks.  The Loggers scored in the eight when Mike Marjama (Sacramento CC) doubled home Trent Fuller (Sacramento CC).  They scored again in the top of the ninth when Trent Fuller doubled home pinch runner Brett Rettenmeier (Viterbo).  The Loggers Madison Boer (Oregon) got the win throwing the final 2.1 innings of hitless baseball.  The Bucks were led by Zach McCool (Iowa) who was 2-for-4 with a run scored. 

Thunder Bay 1, Mankato 0
The Thunder Bay Border Cats, losers of their last six games, beat the Mankato MoonDogs in a pitcher’s duel 1-0.  Tanner Nivins (Stony Brook) scored in the second on a wild pitch from starter Clint Dempster (Nicholls State) who threw a great game.  John Tatum (McNeese State) threw 7.0 innings of four hit scoreless baseball to earn the win. Drew Erwin (Nicholls State) threw the 9th to earn the save, his fifth of the season.   

Green Bay 5, Wisconsin Rapids 3
The Green Bay Bullfrogs beat the Wisconsin Rapids Rafter 5-3 in a great game Wednesday night.  The Bullfrogs, Tom Barry (San Francisco), had a great day at the plate going 2-for-4 with three RBI and one run scored.  Green Bay also had second basemen, Riley Henricks (Portland), go 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI.  The west coast duo of Barry and Henricks gave starter, Joel Delorit (Wisconsin Stevens-Point) all the run support he would need.  Delorit threw 7.0 innings of one run baseball while striking out six. 

St. Cloud 6, Duluth 5
The St. Cloud River Bats beat the Duluth Huskies 6-5 at Wade Stadium in Duluth on Wednesday night.  The River Bats pounded out twelve hits to give Duluth starter, Justice French (Mercer), an early exit after just 3.1 innings.  St. Cloud was led by third basemen, Devon Rodriguez (Cal Berkeley), who was 2-for-5 with three RBI.  Second basemen, Jeff Reynolds (Harvard), led Duluth with two hits and a run scored.  Cody Asche (Nebraska) hit a bases clearing double in the third to give the Huskies a chance. 

Battle Creek 8, Madison 5
The Battle Creek Bombers broke open a 5-5 tie in the ninth with a three run 9th in Madison.  Bombers four and five hitters, Josh Lyon (Indiana) and Dan Dispensa (Western Illinois), both had two RBI on the night.  The Mallards were led by third basemen, Justin Scanlon (Madison), who had two hits and three RBI.   

Willmar 14, Rochester 9
The Stingers and Honkers combined to pound out 26 hits and score 23 runs on Wednesday night at Bill Taunton Stadium.  Nine players had multi hit games and all but four starters registered a hit.  Willmar’s Eduardo Gonzalez (Alcorn State), was 3-for-4 with three RBI and Matt Serna (Illinois Chicago) also had three RBI.  The Honkers scoring came from the heart of their line up with Bryan Karraker (Central Arizona), Jimmy Waters (Kansas), and Chris Elder (Oral Roberts) combining for seven of the twelve Honker hits. 

Alexandria 4, Brainerd 0
The Alexandria Beetles received a great pitching performance from Sander Beck (Maryland) to beat the Lunkers in Brainerd 4-0.  Beck threw 8.0 innings of scoreless three hit baseball.  Jake Tanis (Mercer), Marcus Semien (Cal Berkeley), and Mikel Alvarez (Florida Gulf Coast) all had two hits a piece on the night.  Center fielder Patrick Biondi (Michigan) stole the show in center field with a diving catch in the 7th to rob Stephen Wickens (Florida Gulf Coast) of a hit and also threw out Matt Hillsinger (Radford) in the 6th at home to keep the Lunkers scoreless.