Express, Rafters to Meet in World Series

The 2016 Summer Collegiate World Series has been set. After a pair of divisional championship games on Tuesday night, the Eau Claire Express and Wisconsin Rapids Rafters will compete in the best-of-three World Series, starting on Thursday night.

Eau Claire 8, St. Cloud 4

After losing the lead late, the Eau Claire Express defeated the St. Cloud Rox 8-4 on the road in 11 innings on Tuesday night. Eau Claire scored single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to take a 3-0 advantage. The score remained the same until the Rox rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. Both teams went scoreless in the 10th, but Eau Claire put together a five-run rally in the top of the 11th. St. Cloud scored one in the bottom half of the inning, but it was not enough to take down the Express. Eau Claire's starting pitcher Brody Rodning (Mankato) threw seven scoreless innings and allowed three hits and four walks with eight strikeouts in a no decision. Express' rightfielder Kyle Marinconz (Cal Poly) hit 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored, one RBI and one walk.

Wisconsin Rapids 7, Battle Creek 3

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters scored in six consecutive innings to beat the Battle Creek Bombers 7-3 at home on Tuesday night. Battle Creek opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the first inning, but the Rafters answered with two in the second to tie the game and took a lead with a run in the third. Both teams scored one in the fourth, and Wisconsin Rapids scored one in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to take a four-run lead. Wisconsin Rapids' starting pitcher Eric Ligda (Millersville) threw six innings and allowed three runs on five hits and three walks with six strikeouts to earn the victory. Rafters' catcher Scott Kapers (Valparaiso) finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI. Joe Wainhouse (Washington) and Jake Lumley (Canisius) both finished with three hits for Wisconsin Rapids.

Thursday's Schedule

Eau Claire @ Wisconsin Rapids (7:05 PM)