Madison, WI – June 9, 2012. Five combined runs in the third and fourth innings by the Eau Claire Express (5-6) nullified Mallards right fielder Tyler Marincovs (North Florida) second home run of the season and gave the Express a 6-3 win over the Madison Mallards (5-6). The loss put the Mallards below .500 for the second time this season and will need to win tomorrow to avoid a sweep by the Express.
The Express broke open the scoring in the third inning when third baseman Josh Schefert (Nebraska) scored shortstop Ty Forney (UT-Permian Basin) with an RBI double. The scoring didn’t stop there for the Express, tacking on two unearned runs off of errors third baseman Seth McMullen (Winona State) and Bobby Burns (Parkland College).
The Express were able to add on to the lead when center fielder Blake Schmidt (Des Moines CC) homered off of Mallards starter Cody Forsythe (Southern Illinois), and Schefert scored Farney again with an RBI single making the score 5-0.
The Mallards were shut out until the eighth when Marincov hit a home run to score center fielder John Welborn (Texas-San Antonio) and second baseman Mike Reuvekamp (California) to make the score 6-3.
That would be all the offense the Mallards would get as Express closer Paul Voelker was able to come in and strike out the tying run, pinch hitter Phil Sorenson (UT-Martin), and win the game. The save was Voelkers fourth of the season, which leads the Northwoods League.
Forsythe (0-2) was the loser in the contest, striking out six while giving up five runs and seven hits in 5.0 innings on the hill.
Express starting pitcher Matt Trowbridge (Central Michigan) put on a captivating performance in his second start of the season, earning the win. In 6.0 innings Trowbridge (2-0) didn’t allow a run while surrendering two hits and six strikeouts.
With the Marincov homer that now makes three games in a row that the Mallards have hit one over the fence. The homer today marked Marincovs first blast since a solo shot to left field on opening night.
The 2012 season is upon us! Single-game tickets are on-sale for all Mallards home games!
The Madison Mallards are part of the 16-team Northwoods League. The Northwoods League has more teams, plays more games, and draws more fans than any other Summer Collegiate Baseball League in North America.