By: Ryan Hill — Public Relations
Madison, WI — June 16, 2013. Green Bay Bullfrogs (8-11) second baseman Bryant Burleson (Texas Tech) spoiled Father’s Day at the “Duck Pond” and ended the Madison Mallards (10-7) three-game winning streak by hitting a three-run home run in the top of the tenth inning to give the Bullfrogs a 7-4 win.
Burleson also went yard in the sixth off of Mallards reliever Kristian Calibuso (Eastern Michigan) and finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs. His game-winning home run came with two outs and runners on first and third with Mallards reliever Hunter May (UNC-Charlotte) on the mound. Burleson took May’s 2-2 offering and nailed it into the Meriter and Physicians Plus Backyard in left field.
With the loss, May drops to 0-1 on the season and his ERA rises to 3.60.
Bullfrogs first baseman Tripp Martin (Samford) hit a two-run home run off of Mallards starter Jordan Tabakman (UConn) in the fifth and the Bullfrogs other run came in the fourth when left fielder Boomer White (TCU) came around to score on a Mallards error.
Mallards catcher Mike Fitzgerald (Indiana State) got the Mallards on the board early by singling in right fielder Drew Weeks (North Florida) in the second. Center fielder Tate Matheny (Missouri State) provided the rest of the offensive fireworks for the Mallards, as he hit a three-run bomb in the fifth off of Bullfrogs starter Derek Callahan (Gonzaga). It was his fifth home run of the season.
Tabakman went 4.2 innings and allowed three runs—all earned—on four hits and two walks. He struck out one.
Sam Forkert (Marian) also made an appearance on the mound for the Mallards and pitched the seventh, eighth and ninth and allowed only one hit while striking out two.
Will Landsheft (Drury) got the win for the Bullfrogs by pitching the ninth and tenth. He struck out the side in the bottom of the tenth.
The Mallards were led by Matheny’s three RBIs. He finished 1-for-4. First baseman Jeff Zahn (Indiana State) was the only Mallards with multiple hits and went 2-for-4. Mitch Elliott (Xavier) went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Burleson, White and Martin powered the Bullfrogs and went a combined 6-for-14 with six RBIs.
The Mallards will hit the road starting tomorrow for a three-game road trip that includes two games against the Battle Creek Bombers and another against the Bullfrogs. Monday and Tuesday’s matchups with the Bombers are scheduled to start at 6:05 pm while Wednesday’s matchup will begin at 7:05 pm.
The Mallards next home game will be on 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 Tattoos for full tattoos and temporary tattoos will be available for the first 500 kids. Oscar Mayer Hot Dog Appreciation Night will also take place that night and there will be Wiener Dog Races. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
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.