By: Dylan Lee – Public Relations
Madison, Wis. – The Madison Mallards (3-3) fell to the Wisconsin Woodchucks (2-4) by a score of 3-5 in the second game of their two game series tonight in Wausau. Rob McDonnell (Illinois) received the loss and Woodchuck pitcher Logan Sawyer (Lincoln Memorial CC) got the win.
The Mallards broke open the scoring in the first as left fielder Logan Regnier (Central Michigan) singled and scored later on a throwing error that landed first baseman Brian Rodemoyer (Illinois State) on first base. Second baseman Robbie Tenerowicz (California) got things started in the second, hitting a leadoff double off the wall and scoring on a Adam Walton (Illinois) infield single to make the score 2-0.
The Woodchucks put two runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third. With the bases loaded and no outs, McDonnell skipped a pitch past catcher Tommy Hook (Northern Illinois) to score Alex Cordova (UW- La Crosse), who had reached on a single. They would add another run with two outs on a Brendon Hayden (Virginia Tech) single to center field. Trying to score from second was Cody Hanke (UW-Stevens Point) but a nice throw from center fielder Will Krug (Illinois) to gun him down ended the inning.
The southpaw McDonnell was solid on the mound, giving up two runs on three hits while striking out seven in four innings of work. Max Slade (Connecticut) came on in relief in the fifth and gave up a leadoff home run, followed by two more runs when Hanke scored on an error by rightfielder Nate Ricci (Jacksonville)and Paul Dejong (Illinois State) crossed home plate after an error by the shortstop Walton.
The three run fifth by the Woodchucks was too large to overcome for the Mallards. Rodemoyer would add one more run for the Mallards in the sixth, hitting a deep ball over the left field fence to bring the score to 3-5.
The Woodchucks used four relievers after Sawyer left the game in the fifth. Getting the save was Max Ising (Creighton), giving up one hit and striking out two Mallards in 1.1 innings of work to receive his first save of the season.
The Mallards continue their road trip and start a two game set with the Kenosha Kingfish tomorrow in Kenosha. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
Mallards single game tickets are on-sale now. To purchase tickets, log on to MallardsBaseball.com, call 608-246-4277, or stop by the Mallards ticket office.
The Madison Mallards are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live and free of charge via the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, visit MallardsBaseball.com.