LA CROSSE, Wis. — The La Crosse Loggers backed some stellar pitching with an offensive surge on Thursday night en route to a 14-3 win over the Duluth Huskies in front of 2,304 fans at the Lumberyard. The Loggers improve their record to 12-13, while the Huskies fall to 8-17.
Ryan Holgate (Arizona) got the scoring started in the bottom of the first inning with a two-run double, and then La Crosse doubled the score in the second thanks to RBI groundouts by JT Schwartz (UCLA) and Matt Stinebiser (Duke).
The offense kept rolling across the fourth and fifth innings, in which the Loggers combined for eight runs, highlighted by a three-run home run by Tony Bullard (Arizona) in the bottom of the fifth.
Landry Wideman (Texas A&M) earned the win for La Crosse, allowing just one hit and one run over five innings. Wideman, Marius Balandis (Saint Louis) and Tyler Shingledecker (Penn State) combined to allow just four Duluth hits on the day.
Holgate finished his monster day with three hits – all doubles – and seven RBI for the Loggers. The seven RBI in the game tied a Loggers single-game record set by Jordan Zimmerman (Michigan State) four years ago to the day, June 20th, 2015. The three doubles also ties a single-game Loggers mark, tying him with Dale Mueller, Brandon DeFazio and Brock Lundquist in the team record books.
Brady Allen (South Carolina) finished 2-for-2 with two doubles, three RBI and three walks. Schwartz and Stinebiser each added two hits on the day.
The Loggers return to action on Friday night, in a rematch with the Huskies at 7:05.