Eryk McConnell finished Saturday’s game with two firsts for Madison during the 2007 campaign — he was the first to throw a complete game and was the Mallards’ first starting pitcher to earn a win against the Woodchucks.
The win came in 6-1 fashion and a no-doubter following Madison’s two-run first inning. The runs continued the trend of the Mallards scoring in the first frame, as they have plated runners in eight of their last 10 games.
In the inning, Jordan Comadena led off with a walk and made it to third following consecutive outs at first. Evan LeBlanc later walked and stole second before Bobby Hubbard came through with a big two-RBI single through the right side.
Both sides were silenced until the Mallards took the plate in the fifth. Comadena did not waste any time in getting into scoring position, as the third-year Mallard tripled to set up a Brandon Wikoff RBI sacrifice fly.
With a 3-0 lead heading into the sixth, Daniel Webb went to work in the leadoff spot, singling and advancing to second on a wild pitch. Eric Nielsen moved him over with a SAC bunt, and Brian Smith (pictured) finished the job with an RBI.
Despite McConnell letting up a run in the eighth, manager C.J. Thieleke allowed his starter to finish what he started. The Mallards added a pair of runs in the ninth to close out the series sweep over the first place Wisconsin Woodchucks, 6-1.
McConnell (W, 3-2) went 9.0 innings, allowing eight hits and one run complementing his 10 strikeouts.
Hubbard earned his second consecutive Offensive Player of the Night honor, as he finished the game batting 2-for-4 with four RBIs.
Madison returns to the Duck Pond Sunday to host a two-game set against La Crosse in another crucial divisional series.
Sunday is Luxury Bath Rubber Ducky Night (first 1,000 14 & under). Dogs at the “Duck Pond” Night. Dogs welcome at the park & $.50 per hot dog sold will go to the Dane County Humane Society.