Madison, Wis. (June 21) – After one of their most remarkable comeback performances in recent memory Saturday night at the Duck Pond, the Madison Mallards (14-11) will eye their fifth consecutive victory Sunday afternoon against the Wisconsin Woodchucks (9-15) to conclude a three-game weekend home-stand.
Today will feature Stoddard’s Country Grove Market Father’s Day Raffle and a Physicians Plus Mini Pennant Giveaway. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.
Nate Hoffmann (Middle Tennessee State) will seek out his third quality start of the 2015 season as today’s starting pitcher for the Mallards. The 6-foot-2 right hander from Sun Prairie, Wis., tallied five strong innings with just one run allowed in Madison’s June 15 victory at Battle Creek, a performance that ran his record up to 2-0 and ERA down to 3.21 entering today’s contest. Through three outings, Hoffmann struts a 69 percent first-pitch strike rate and 7.1 K/9 ratio.
To counter, the Woodchucks will call upon Simon Mathews (Georgetown) to douse Madison’s re-ignited lineup in his fourth start of the summer. Mathews, a 6-foot-2 right-handed pitcher originally from West Haven, Conn., stomached a losing decision on June 15 against the Green Bay Bullfrogs, a game in which he allowed two earned runs on 10 hits across six frames. Overall, the Georgetown product is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and strikeout-to-walk ratio of 8:1.
Gonsolin’s Hit Parade – Anthony Gonsolin’s (St. Mary’s College) sweltering summer campaign pressed onward Saturday night, churning out two singles in four at-bats while also contributing with a run scored. It was the third consecutive game in which Gonsolin tabbed multiple base-knocks (and fifth in his last six games). The 6-foot-2 outfielder/designated hitter now owns a scintillating .345 batting average and .946 OPS across 84 at-bats.
Bower-ful Command – Matt Bower (Washington State) cashed in his third quality start of the season yesterday, allowing two runs across 6.1 frames despite failing to tally a strikeout. The 6-foot-5 southpaw threw 62 of 93 pitches for strikes (66.7%), however, which solidified his season strike rate at an impressive 66.4 percent.
Sunday’s Roster Moves – The Mallards have waived right-handed pitcher/designated hitter Corbin Olmstead (North Florida). The 6-foot-5 junior-to-be posted a sterling 1.28 ERA and 28:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 21 innings this summer out of Madison’s bullpen and went 3-for-22 (.136) with a pair of doubles in 22 at-bats.
For tickets to today’s game, call the Mallards ticket office at 608-246-4277 or visit www.MallardsBaseball.com for more information. Unable to attend? Follow the Mallards on Twitter at @MadisonMallards for notes and updates or tune in to 100.5 FM ESPN Madison for comprehensive play-by-play coverage.
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.