Woodchucks pull two games up in South on Sunday
Wisconsin opened up a two-game lead on Kenosha for the second playoff spot with a resounding 10-0 win in a rain-shortened six inning affair. Meanwhile, Madison downed La Crosse despite picking up just two hits, and the Woodchucks Paul DeJong (Illinois St) was named player of the night behind a five RBI performance. St Cloud's Reese Gregory (St. Cloud St) went seven shutout innings for pitcher of the night.
Rochester 6, Thunder Bay 3
Rochester scored four runs in the bottom of the first to overcome a big inning from the Border Cats and held their lead en route to a 6-3 win. Brandon Stennis (Doane) gave up three earned runs on eight hits but struck out seven over five innings for his fourth win in just his third start. Thunder Bay starter Michael Daley (Kean) turned in a quality start but an early mistake- a three run home run hit by Jeff Campbell (North Dakota) and a lack of run support handed him the loss.
Duluth 9, Alexandria 4
After both teams swapped four run innings but it was the Huskies who pulled away late for a 9-4 win. Duluth jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, but Alexandria had an answer with a four run third. However, it was the Huskies offense who struck for three more to break the tie behind home runs from Austin Darby (Nebraska) and Vinnie Rodriguez (Montevallo). Rodrgiuez recorded three hits for the second consecutive game and drove in two runs. Teammate Kevin Folman (North Dakota St) went 3 2/3 shutout innings with four strikeouts in relief for his first win.
St. Cloud 2, Eau Claire 0 (Game 1)
A stellar pitching performance from ace Reese Gregory (St. Cloud St) in the first game of a doubleheader saw St. Cloud manager Augie Rodriguez record his 100th career win at the helm of the Rox. Gregory went all seven innings, issuing just one walk while striking out five to lower his season ERA to an impressive 1.91. Chris Paul (California-Berkley) recorded his 35th RBI of the season with a solo home run, his eighth.
Madison 2, La Crosse 1
Despite committing three errors and being out-hit 6-2, Madison escaped with a 2-1 win over La Crosse. A two-run fifth erased an early 1-0 Loggers lead and carried Madison to the improbable victory. Starter Nathan Hoffman (Madison Col) went five innings to pick up his second win in just his second start out of the bullpen. Tim Black (Central Michigan) recorded his 18th save in his 25th appearnce, working around a hit to preserve the lead.
Lakeshore 4, Kalamazoo 1
Lakeshore jumped ahead 2-0 in the first and didn't look back to take two of three from the Growlers, bookending a loss in the second game of the series. Kyle Wood (Purdue) and Blake Butler (Charleston Col) both hit home runs, with Butler's a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first. Wood's was a solo shot and his first of the season to back ace Shaun Anderson (Florida), who picked up his second straight win to improve to 5-1 with eight strong innings as he gave up just one earned run while striking out four. Andrew Elliot (Wright St) picked up his 13th save of the season.
Wisconsin 10, Kenosha 0 (6 innings)
In a rain-shortened matchup, Wisconsin pummeled Kenosha to pull two games ahead of the Kingfish for the second playoff spot in the Southern Division. After three scoreless innings, Wisconsin struck for two, three and five runs over the next three innings as they racked up 12 hits. Brian Howard (TCU) gave up just three hits and went all six innings, striking out four. Teammate Paul DeJong (Illinois St) hit a three-run home run, his 18th of the season, on a five RBI day.
Battle Creek 9, Waterloo 8
Battle Creek jumped out to a 8-0 lead but barely hung on in the face of a late Bucks rally, downing Waterloo 9-8 in an offensive slugfest. A passed ball was the difference as the Bombers scratched across a run in the top half of the eighth to hold on as Waterloo scored five runs in the bottom of the frame, which would have tied it. Four different players between the two teams drove in a pair of runs, with Battle Creek's Brandon Van Horn (Dallas Baptist) driving in two with a double and a triple. Waterloo left an incredible 17 runners on base.
Green Bay 5, Wisconsin Rapids 4 (11 innings)
A RBI single from Franco Guardascione (Palm Beach St Col) in the bottom of the 11th gave Green Bay a 5-4 walkoff win over the Rafters. In a game that took 3 1/2 hours, Guardascione came up clutch as both teams left a combined 19 runners on base. Dan Becks (St. Edwards) went two shutout innings in relief for Green Bay for the win, while Ivan Vieitez (Lenoir-Rhyne) and Nico Zych (UT-Martin) both drove in two runs. Wisconsin Rapids pushed across a run in the eighth to force extras.
Mankato 10, Willmar 5
Mankat snapped a four-game Willmar winning streak as a four-run eighth put the game out of reach. Willmar had jumped out to a 4-1 lead, but the MoonDogs bounced back with a four-run second. Mankao then broke a tie in the sixth and were carried by a three-RBI day from Brett Synek (Evansville). Synek hit a home run and picked up multiple hits to carry the MoonDogs offense.
Eau Claire 5, St. Cloud 0
Eau Claire bounced back from being shutout in the opener and returned the favor, downing St. Cloud 5-0. Daniel Salters (Dallas Baptist) and Brian Mundell (Cal Poly) both drove in two runs apiece to back starter Brett SEeburer (San Diego St). Seeburger went five shutout innings for his second win in his third start after coming out of the bullpen.
Monday's Schedule (all games at 7:05 unless otherwise noted):
Green Bay at Kenosha (5:30)
Duluth at Eau Claire (6:35)
Wisconsin at Lakeshore (6:35)
Thunder Bay at Waterloo (6:35)
Alexandria at Madison
St. Cloud at Rochester
Battle Creek at Wisconsin Rapids
Mankato at Willmar
Green Bay at Kenosha
Kalmazoo at La Crosse