By: Ryan Hill — Public Relations
Wausau, WI — July 10, 2013. The Madison Mallards (6-2, 27-14) withstood a late surge from the Wisconsin Woodchucks (5-3, 18-24) Wednesday night and hung on to win by a score of 9-7 for their fourth-consecutive victory.
The Woodchucks loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the eighth with the scored at 9-5 against Jack Livingston (Northwestern). After an RBI fielder’s choice and an RBI single, Hunter May (UNC-Charlotte) came in and induced a groundout to second baseman John LaPrise (Virginia) to end the threat.
May pitched a quick, 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his ninth save of the season.
The Mallards scattered 13 hits—12 of which were singles—and spread their nine runs over five innings to come away with the victory.
Mallards starter Greg Welsh (Penn State) nearly made it through the seventh inning, but was relieved by Ben Neumann (Northern Illinois) with a runner on second with two outs in the inning with the score 7-5. Neumann induced a grounder to deep short to get out of the inning.
Welsh gave up nine hits in his 6.2 innings of work and allowed five runs (four earned) on one walk and four strikeouts.
Offensively, the Mallards scored two runs in the first, fourth, fifth and eighth innings while adding one in the seventh.
The Woodchucks evened things up in the second, pulled within three in the fifth and pulled within two in the seventh and eighth innings. Austin Diemer (Cal State Fullerton) hit a two-run jack off of Welsh in the second to put the Woodchucks on the board.
Tate Matheny (Missouri State) provided the Mallards with the only multiple base hit by leading off the fifth with a double. He finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. LaPrise went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a pair of RBIs and Drew Weeks (North Florida) went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored to lead the team.
The Mallards return to the “Duck Pond” Thursday for the second game of a two-game series with the Woodchucks. Thursday’s game is scheduled for a 7:05 pm start.
Thursday is the Great Dane Summertime St. Patty’s Day as well as Madison Media Night! There will also be entertainment from The Kissers before and during the game while also having The Kissers and Madison Music Foundry CD giveaway. There will be additional mid-game performance by Madison Music Foundry’s Rock Band Workshop So Am I. The Jewish Social Services of Madison Community Connection Night will also be held that night.
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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 is celebrating its 20th season.