Waterloo 3, Battle Creek 0
Waterloo 3, Battle Creek 0
The Waterloo Bucks took the first game of the double header by a score of 3-0 against the Battle Creek Bombers. The Bucks jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after two innings as Andrew Ewing (Iowa) and Landon Anderson (Dallas Baptist) scored. Waterloo tacked on another run in the fifth when Ryan Rieger (Santa Clara) hit a solo homerun. Jared Wagoner (Butler) threw a complete game two hitter to earn his sixth win of the season for the Bucks.
The Bucks took game two by the same 3-0 score to sweep the double header. Waterloo used a great start from Billy Barrett (Illinois) who earned his fourth win of the season after throwing a one hitter over 5.2 innings. Steven Richardson (Presbyterian) and Matt Grabowski (Princeton) combined to throw the final 1.1 innings of one-hit baseball while Grabowski earned the save. The Bucks Ryan Rieger (Santa Clara) continued his hot hitting by hitting a double and driving in two runs.
Brainerd 4, Alexandria 2
The Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers beat the Alexandria Beetles in dramatic fashion in extra innings Thursday night. The Lunkers scored two in the top of the tenth when David Allbritton (Emporia State) doubled and scored TJ Berge (Northern Colorado) and Tommy Reyes (California Irvine). Brainerd received a great pitching performance from Charlie Henderson (Regis) who gave up one run over 8.0 innings while getting the no-decision. Beetles starting pitcher Eric Shannahan (John A. Logan) also took the no-decision after throwing a two hitter in 8.1 innings of work.
St. Cloud 4, Duluth 3
The River Bats used another great pitching performance from Jason Wheeler (Loyola Marymount) as St. Cloud beat the Duluth Huskies 4-3. Wheeler improved to a league leading 8-0 with an eight hitter over 7.0 innings with eleven Huskies strikeouts. The River Bats only had five hits on the night, but were walked five times and stole seven bases to put pressure on the Huskies. The River Bats Steve Nyisztor (Rutgers) had two hits on the night. Kyle Roliard (Louisiana Tech) replaced Casey Lytle (Kansas), who injured his leg in the first inning, was 3-for-4 in the loss.
Thunder Bay 17, Mankato 5
The Thunder Bay Border Cats complete the three game home stand sweep of the Mankato MoonDogs as they won Thursday night 17-5. The Border Cats used four MoonDog errors, walks and knocked out fifteen hits to score the most runs in Thunder Bay history (17). Thunder Bay had five players with multi-hit games and were led by Tanner Nivins (Stony Brook) who had three hits and three RBI. Corey Pappel (Cornell) gave up four runs over 6.0 innings while winning his fourth game of the season. The MoonDogs Mike Moore had three hits in the loss.
Eau Claire 6, Madison 5
The Eau Claire Express jumped out to a 5-3 lead, but the Mallards answered back to tie the game at 5-5 after three innings. However, the Express scored in the fifth inning as Nate Baumann (Augustana) drove in DeMarcus Tidwell (Yavapai) for the games winning run. Tidwell had two hits on the night, scored the game winning run and drove in two runs. Drew Freie (DMACC) earned the win throwing a four hitter in 4.0 innings of relief. Madison had 14 hits in the loss with Josh Parr (Illinois) and Reed Gragnani (Virginia) collecting three hits apiece.
La Crosse 11, Green Bay 3
La Crosse scored 11 runs on 14 hits to beat the Green Bay Bullfrogs 11-3 Thursday night in front of 1,488 fans at Joannes Stadium in Green Bay. The Loggers Matt Flemer (California Berkeley) threw a four hitter over 7.0 innings to earn the win. Brett Rettenmeier (Viterbo) and Mike Reeves (Florida Gulf Coast) each had three hits and three RBI in the win. Tony Mueller (Winona State) stole his 24th base of the year as he is now one steal away from the league leader.
Willmar 6, Rochester 5
The Willmar Stingers beat the Rochester Honkers in extra innings Thursday night. The Stingers Matt Serna (Illinois Chicago) blasted a double into the gap that drove in the game winning run. Ryan Hambright (Oregon) led the Honkers offense as he finished the night 4-for-5 in the loss.
Wisconsin Rapids 6, Wisconsin 4
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters beat the Wisconsin Woodchucks in walk-off fashion Thursday night. The Rafters Brian Embery (Wayland Baptist) hit a walk-off homerun in the bottom of the 11th off of Woodchucks reliever Jon Mascot to excite the 1,932 fans in attendance. Steve Godawa (Valparaiso) earned his third win of the season as he threw 3.0 innings in relief. The Woodchucks Rob Lind had two hits in the loss.