By: Ryan Hill — Public Relations
Green Bay, WI — June 14, 2013. The Madison Mallards (9-6) persistent offensive attack was the story of the night Friday in Green Bay, as they came away with a 14-4 victory against the Bullfrogs (7-10).
The Mallards scored a run in every inning besides the first and the eighth and broke things open in the top of the sixth, when outfielder Drew Weeks (North Florida) hit a bases-clearing triple to deep left field and scored two more in the inning to give the Mallards a 10-1 lead. Weeks added two more RBIs in the eighth and another in the ninth to finish with seven.
Weeks went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and his seven RBIs tied the Mallards season high, as Mike Fitzgerald (Indiana State) had seven RBIs on June 1st against the La Crosse Loggers. Weeks entered the game hitting .385 with runners in scoring position.
Eight different Mallards drove in a run on the night and the team totaled 14 hits off the Bullfrogs pitching staff, which used six pitchers.
Mallards starter Cam Verbeke (Illinois State) lasted just four innings but allowed just one run on three hits and struck out two.
Danny Sullivan (Davenport) relieved Verbeke and notched the win to improve to 1-0. He went two innings and allowed no runs on no hits and struck out four.
Shawn Hunter (Oklahoma State), Nick Smith (Western Illinois) and Kristian Calibuso (Eastern Michigan) also pitched for the Mallards. Hunter and Smith each allowed one hit and struck out one while allowing no runs in their inning of work, while the Bullfrogs scored two off of Calibuso in the ninth.
Travis Duke (Texas) started for the Bullfrogs and was tagged with the loss after going just four innings. He allowed four runs—two earned—on four hits and one walk. He didn’t record a strikeout.
Five different Mallards had multiple hits and scored multiple runs on the night. Jeff Zahn (Indiana State), Eric Cheray (Missouri State), Tate Matheny (Missouri State) and Erik Forgione (Washington) all had two hits and an RBI in the contest. Weeks was the only Mallard to compile multiple RBIs.
Bullfrogs leadoff hitter Andrew Ely (Washington) was the lone Green Bay batter with multiple hits. He finished 3-for-4 with a run scored.
The Mallards will head back to the “Duck Pond” tomorrow for a 6:05 pm game against the Bullfrogs. The Dentistry for Madison Turn Back the Clock Night with Dr. Jay Hazen will take place that night. There will also be a Muskies Hat Giveaway and post-game fireworks presented by Budweiser.
The 2013 season is upon us! Single-game tickets are on-sale now!
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. In 2013, the Northwoods League will celebrate its 20th season.