Madison, Wis. (June 17) – The Madison Mallards (11-11) opened the final series of their season-long six-game road swing with a 6-1 victory over the Kalamazoo Growlers (6-17) Wednesday night at Homer Stryker Field.
For the first time this season, each hitter in Madison’s starting lineup tallied at least one base-hit in route to a winning effort that saw the Mallards go a combined 11-for-36 (.306) at the plate. Mallards pitching held Kalamazoo to a 3-for-29 (.103) performance.
The Mallards jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first, an inning in which Jean Ramirez (Illinois State) plated J.J. Gould (Jacksonville) on an RBI single. Cameron Frost (Washington State) followed suit with a run scored in the top of the second, giving Madison an early 2-0 advantage. Jed Sprague (Pacific) added to the Mallards total with a 2 RBI double in the top of the fourth. Another run scored courtesy of Anthony Gonsolin’s (St. Mary’s College) RBI double increased Madison’s lead to 6-0 heading into the seventh. Kalamazoo would muster up just one run in the bottom of the frame.
Westin Wuethrich (Madison College) cashed in a fantastic outing on the mound for the Mallards, allowing no runs on two hits, three walks and four strikeouts – a performance that lowered his season ERA to 0.79. Jesse Kay (California), Vince Arobio (Pacific) and Mike Kaelin (Buffalo) each pitched in relief in Madison’s winning effort, combining to allow just one earned run on one hit, three walks and three strikeouts. Kaelin closed the door on Kalamazoo with a strong ninth inning, needing just 16 pitches (seven for a swing-and-miss) to extend his scoreless innings streak to 12.2.
Dalton D’Spain (Texas A&M Corpus Christi) will receive his team-leading fourth start of the season in tomorrow’s series finale at Kalamazoo, scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CT. Live play-by-play coverage will be available courtesy of 100.5 FM ESPN Madison. Follow the Mallards on Twitter @MadisonMallards for updates throughout Thursday evening’s contest.
The Mallards will return home on Friday, June 19 against the Kenosha Kingfish. Friday will be Valpak Great Outdoors Night at the Duck Pond, featuring a Pespi Outdoorsman Maynard Bobblehead Giveaway presented by WKOW TV. For tickets, call the Mallards ticket office at 608-246-4277 or visit MallardsBaseball.com.
The Madison Mallards are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, 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 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website. For more information, visit www.MallardsBaseball.com.