Eau Claire win seventh straight, Green Bay sweeps nightly awards
Green Bay swept the nightly awards, while several streaks were extended. Eau Claire won their 7th straight but St. Cloud continued to fight to catch up in the Northern Division as they won their fourth in a row. Alexandria dropped their sixth in a row, but Thunder Bay's skid hit eight.
Green Bay 14, Battle Creek 0
The Bullfrogs swept the nightly honors, with Ryan Howell (Chabot) taking player of the night and Corey Fischer (Madison) earning pitcher of the night. Fischer went seven shutout innings and gave up just two hits and a walk while striking out a season-high ten. He hadn't struck out over four in his five previous starts before setting down the Bombers with ease. Howell and Ivan Vieitez (Lenoir-Rhyne) powered the Green Bay offense, as they combined for two home runs and eight RBIs. The duo was two of four players in the Bullfrog lineup that had multi-RBI days.
Rochester 4, Alexandria 0
A four-run seventh was enough offense for Rochester, who handed Alexandria a sixth straight loss. The Honkers duo of pitchers Logan Spitzack (St. Cloud St) and Michael Freeman (Oklahoma St) went eight shutout innings and gave up just six hits while striking out seven. Spitzack didn't go the required five innings, so Freeman picked up the win. Jack Goihl (Augustana) hit a three-run home run for Rochester to carry the offense.
St. Cloud 11, Willmar 5
An early ten-run lead was more then enough for the Rox, who fought off a late rally to down Willmar, 11-5. The Rox won their fifth straight in a row as Eric Loxtercamp (St. Cloud St) hit a grand slam as a part of a five-run third. St. Cloud was ahead 10-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth and they were able to overcome an uncharactersistically shaky start from Reese Gregory (St. Cloud St). Boo Vazquez (Pitt) added a solo home run and two RBIs while Kade Scivicque (LSU) drove in two as well.
Mankato 7, Duluth 3
Three multi-run innings were enough for the MoonDogs, who downed Duluth 7-3 to snap a three-game skid. Peter Maris (UC Santa Barbara) and Levi Scott (UT Arlington) both drove in two runs as they carried Mankato to the win. Scott hit a home run and added a stolen base while teammate Jacob Westerhouse (North Alabama) struck out three in 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win.
Eau Claire 10, Thunder Bay 2
A big five-run fourth carried Eau Claire to a seventh straight win as they downed Thunder Bay easily, 10-2. All but one member of the Border Cats lineup picked up a base hit while five had muti-hit games. Lane Milligan (New Mexico) went 3-5 with three RBIs while teammate Brian Mundell (Cal Poly) added a three-RBI, two hit day. Three other Express recorded RBIs while starter Jeremy Bagnall (Montevallo) was strong over seven innings. He gave up just two runs while striking out three.
Waterloo 12, Kalamazoo 2
Waterloo slugged 18 hits and every single member of their lineup reached base as they routed Kalamazoo, 12-2. The Bucks picked up five doubles and struck out just once in 45 at bats. Ryan Nagle (Illinois) and Luke Stratman (Washington St) both drove in three runs while teammate Mikal Hill (Charlotte) picked up four hits. Starter Landon Simpson (Arkansas) went six innings and gave up just two runs while striking out three to pick up the win.
Kenosha 7, Wisconsin 2
The Kingfish scored three-runs in the first and the Woodchucks left the bases loaded twice as they struggled offensively to fall to Kenosha, 7-2. Wisconsin left ten runners on and only managed two unearned runs against the combination of starter Trevor Haas (Valapraiso) and Paul Schuster (SIUE). Haas picked up the win with five innings of work, allowing one unearned run. Schuster took a save with three and a third dominant innings, striking out eight and allowing just one unearned run as well. Three different Kingfish drove in a pair of runs while Kyle Brooks (North Florida) added a solo shot.
Wisconsin Rapids 6, Madison 5
An early 5-1 lead was enough for the Rafters, as they fought off a late rally to down Madison and win their second in a row against the Mallards. The fourth game of six between these two teams, Wisconsin Rapids now holds a 3-1 edge as they downed Madison despite picking up just four hits. The Mallards had three errors and couldn't score against the Rafters bullpen, who held them in check. Reliever Carlos Rosales (Valley City St) threw three scoreless innings and battery mate Derek Kawlewski (Rhode Island) picked up his first save. Starter Nick Blackburn (Illinois) picked up the win despite allowing five earned runs over six innings. Sterling Sharp (Eastern Michigan) was unusually shaky, allowing five runs (two earned) over just 2 2/3 innings while walking four.
Suspended: Lakeshore 4, La Crosse 4, 12th
Alexandria at Thunder Bay (5:05)
Wisconsin Rapids at Madison (6:05)
Eau Claire at Mankato (6:05)
Kenosha at La Crosse (6:05)
Lakeshore at Green Bay (6:05)
St. Cloud at Duluth (6:35)
Willmar at Waterloo (7:05)
Kalamazoo at Rochester (7:05)
Wisconsin at Battle Creek (7:05)