Rally Comes Too Late as Mallards Fall to Woodchucks
Madison, WI – June 24, 2016. The Wisconsin Woodchucks (12-10) would jump on Mallards (14-10) starter Colin Brockhouse (Ball State) early, as the Mallards fell to the Woodchucks by a score of 8-5. It was Madison’s fourth loss in five games after the Mallards turned in a four-game win streak prior to that.
With the scored tied at one heading into the third, the Woodchucks would string together five consecutive base runners, including two doubles, to put up five runs in the inning. Brockhouse would exit the game after 2.2 innings, his shortest outing of 2016.
The Mallards would find themselves down six heading to the 8th, with the Woodchucks pulling starter Jonah Dipoto (UC-San Diego) after seven strong innings.
Dipoto’s relief came in the form of Dallas Gibson (Lipscomb), who sat down the first two Mallards on just a handful of pitches. Gibson would issue two-out walks to Bryce Carter (Stanford) and Josh Stowers (Louisville) before throwing 14 straight balls. In total, Gibson would hand out five consecutive free passes before he was relieved, as Evy Ruibal (Notre Dame) came in with two outs. Rubial would walk Sam Armstrong (Jacksonville) on four pitches, putting the ball streak at 18. Zach Jarrett would groundout on the first pitch to end the inning, but the Mallards had already pushed three runs across, cutting the Woodchucks lead in half.
The Mallards went quiet in the 9th, giving Brockhouse his first loss of 2016. After allowing six hits and two earned runs in seven innings, Dipoto earned the win. Rubial picked up the save over 1.1 innings.
Cameron Frost (Washington State) was a bright spot for Madison, as he posted a solid 2-4 night that included an RBI. His two out single in the third brought home Matt McCann (Fairleigh Dickinson).
Alex Smith (North Florida), Alex Hintze (UCONN) and Kevin Berge (St. John Fisher College) were all lock-down in relief tonight, allowing only one hit in their 5.1 combined innings pitched. Smith was able to strike out three batters in his two frames.
The Mallards will return to the Duck Pond on Wednesday, June 29th to take on the Rockford Rivets at 7:05 pm. The theme for the game will be 80’s Night, with a tribute to Prince. It will also be Mullet Night at Warner Park, where fans can earn one dollar off of a hot dog for every inch of their authentic mullet. Do the math and we’ll pay you to eat a hot dog! Tickets are available for purchase by visiting MallardsBaseball.com, calling the Mallards ticket office at 608-246-4277, or stopping in the ticket office at 2920 N Sherman Ave.
The Madison Mallards are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd 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 150 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 (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.mallardsbaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store and set the Mallards as your favorite team.