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Tabakman Gets the Nod on Father’s Day and Looks to Continue Hot Streak

By: Ryan Hill — Public Relations

Madison, WI — June 16, 2013. After winning six of their last seven games, the Madison Mallards (10-6) have suddenly found themselves atop the Northwoods League South Division standings and can sweep the Green Bay Bullfrogs (7-11) with a win Sunday at the “Duck Pond.”

The Mallards found themselves part of yet another rain-shortened contest Saturday night, as the game was called in the bottom of the eighth with the Mallards leading 4-2. Luke Meeteer (UW-Milwaukee) knocked in the go-ahead run in the previous inning and Mike Reuvekamp (California) added an insurance run with another RBI in the next at-bat to give the Mallards a two-run lead.

Mallards reliever Hunter May (UNC-Charlotte) came on in the eighth and faced four batters to pick up his fifth save of the season. Nick Hibbing (Iowa) got the win by pitching the seventh inning and starter Jamie Nunn went five innings and allowed two runs—both earned—on just three hits and struck out seven.

Jordan Tabakman (UConn) will be making his second start of the season and looks to improve to 2-0. He got the win against the Eau Claire on June 9th by allowing no runs on just two hits in five innings of work. The Mallards went on to win 9-1. He went 6-2 and had an ERA of just 2.57 in 22 appearances, seven of which were starts, this past spring with the Huskies. 

Derek Callahan (Gonzaga) will be battling Tabakman and will make his second start of the season for the Bullfrogs. He did not receive a decision in the Bullfrogs 6-5 win over the Wisconsin Woodchucks on June 10th, but allowed two runs—both earned—and scattered eight hits in six innings. He also made a relief appearance against the Eau Claire Express on June 6th and struck out five batters in just 1.2 innings of work. He has an ERA of 2.24 on the season.

Humbling Hunter

Hunter May has notched a save in each of the Mallards last two games and now finds himself in first place in the Northwoods League in the category. He now has five saves and has made only six appearances on the year.

Tough-Winged Mallards

The Mallards pitching staff has done exceptionally well so far in the young season. They hold the lowest ERA of any pitching staff (2.98) in the Northwoods League and hold the lead over second place Rochester by 0.15. They are also the only team in the league to hold opposing hitters to a batting average lower than .200. They have held opponents to just a .198 batting average.

Up Next:

After completing their series against the Bullfrogs, the Mallards will hit the road for a pair of games at Battle Creek and another at Green Bay on Wednesday. Both Battle Creek games begin at 6:05 pm and the game at Green Bay is set to begin at 7:05 pm. 

The Mallards next home game is Thursday, June 20th against the Bullfrogs. Verno’s Custom Tattoo Night will be that night. Free, full color Mallards tattoos will be available before the game and fans can register at Verno’s Temporary Tattoos for the first 500 kids. The Oscar Mayer Hot Dog Appreciation Night will also take place that night and there will be Wiener Dog Races.

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.