Wilkening Collects Three Hits, Three RBI’s In 5-2 Win Over Mallards

KENOSHA, Wis. – The Kenosha Kingfish (33-27, 11-14) snapped a three-game losing streak on Monday as they rode some stellar pitching to a 5-2 victory over the Madison Mallards (31-29, 12-13) at Historic Simmons Field. Neither run scored by the Mallards were earned.

It was another game that began as a pitchers’ duel for the Kingfish, as each team remained scoreless through the first four innings. Kenosha starter Cole Erickson (UW-Stevens Point) retired each of the first 10 hitters he faced in the game, finishing with three hits allowed in the game in 5.2 shutout innings of baseball.

The Kingfish got on the board first in the fifth inning, beginning the frame with an infield single, hit-by-pitch and intentional walk to the first four hitters. Madison starter Matt Horkey (UNC-Charlotte) then got a strikeout following the intentional pass before allowing catcher Jesse Wilkening (Nebraska) to hit a bases-clearing triple to the wall in center field, putting Kenosha ahead 3-0.

The Mallards began to chip away at their deficit in the seventh inning, walking twice and scoring a run on an RBI single by left fielder Maverick Handley (Stanford). They were able to shorten the deficit to 3-2 in the eighth inning on an error by third baseman Michael Sinks (Central Missouri) that scored a runner from first base.

Just when the Kingfish were in need of some insurance, however, the bats responded. Wilkening and left fielder Nick Kanavas (Kent State) singled to start the inning, with shortstop Carson Breshears adding a run-scoring single with one out that skipped past Handley and allowed a second run to score on an error, and give Kenosha its final run total of 5-2 over Madison.

Erickson got the win in his shutout effort, striking out six and walking one. Billy McKay (Florida) earned a six-out save, his 10th of the season, with two innings pitched and one unearned run allowed.

Wilkening finished the game 3-for-4, while Kanavas, right fielder Jack Yalowitz (Illinois) and center fielder Connor Doyle (University of San Diego) each collected two hits. First baseman Derek Bangert (Bradley) drew an intentional walk in the game to extend his on-base streak to 57 games.

The Kingfish will be in Madison on Tuesday night to go for a series sweep, with first pitch set for 7:05p.m. Kenosha will return home on Friday to face Lakeshore at 7:05p.m.



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