Madison, Wis. – The Madison Mallards (2-4, 21-20) are set to take on the Green Bay Bullfrogs (1-5,13-28) tonight at Joannes Stadium. The Mallards are coming off of a thrilling 3-2 win over the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders and will look to stay in the win column tonight.
Last night, Mallards outfielder Zac Taylor (Illinois) continued his offensive tear as he tallied two more hits and scored a run. Taylor has been a pivotal piece of the Mallards lineup as he has tallied nine hits in his last three games and now owns a .360 batting average. Taylor’s success in the Madison two-hole will continue to give the Mallards sluggers chances to knock in runs.
Scheduled to start tonight for the Mallards is righty Nate Brown. Brown, a freshman from the University of Florida, will be making his second start as a Mallard. He went four innings in his first outing and allowed two runs on three hits. After his Florida teammate Tyler Dyson tossed five scoreless innings last night, Brown will look to follow with another quality outing.
Set to oppose Brown is Green Bay hurler Connor Wollersheim. Wollersheim, a lefty, has made six starts this season and owns a 2.27 ERA and a 3-2 record. He has totaled 35 strikeouts and has only issued fifteen free passes. Wollersheim has been effective recently as he has struck out seven and allowed only one run in each of his last two starts.
Through four meetings this season, the Bullfrogs and Mallards have both won a pair of ballgames. Green Bay claimed a 10-7 in Madison on June 16th in the teams’ last matchup. The Mallards have averaged 11 runs per game against the Bullfrogs this season.
Madison outfielder Zach Taylor (Illinois) tallied two hits and a walk last night and also swiped a pair of bases. Taylor has been huge for the Mallards offense lately as he has nine hits and zero strikeouts over his last three ballgames. Overall, Taylor is batting .529 over his last ten games.
Leading Off Hot
Mallards leadoff man, and all-star selection, Cole Daily (Notre Dame) reached on a walk last night to extend his on-base streak to 28 games. He continues to lead the NWL in hits with a total of 56. Daily, who is hitting .353 on the road this season, will look to thrive at Joannes Stadium tonight.
Florida freshman Tyler Dyson was phenomenal in his Mallards debut last night as he went five scoreless innings and allowed just four hits.
Nate Brown (Florida), tonight’s starter, pitched four strong innings last week on July 4th at the Duck Pond. Brown held opposing batters to only one hit in seven chances with runners in scoring position. Brown allowed only three hits while facing nineteen batters and struck out a pair.
Mallards reliever Dom Savino (Albany) earned his fourth save of the season last night as he allowed one run and struck out a pair in the bottom of the ninth in Fond du Lac.
Tonight’s game is set to get underway at 7:05 PM at Joannes Stadium in Green Bay. The Mallards will return home on Thursday, July 13th for a matchup with the Lakeshore Chinooks. For live updates of tonight’s game, check out @MadisonMallards on Twitter and listen live on The Zone 1670AM or 106.7FM WOZN.