by Bryon Graff
WAUSAU (WAOW) - The Woodchucks tied the visiting Express with a run in the bottom of the 8th inning. But Eau Claire wins 4-3 in 10 innings.
Online Reporter: Bryon Graff
Press Release Courtesy of Wisconsin Woodchucks
Micah Schroeder, Director of Media Relations
Express Outlast Woodchucks in Extras
WAUSAU, WI - July 1st, 2009 - The Eau Claire Express rallied to push across a run in the top of the tenth inning as they snapped the Wisconsin Woodchucks three-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory Wednesday night at Athletic Park.
The Express, who already clinched the Northwoods League's South Division first half crown, pushed across a pair of runs in the top of the second to grab the early 2-0 lead. The Woodchucks responded with a run in the bottom of the frame when Chris Slater (Baylor) capped a two out rally with an RBI single.
The Woodchucks tied things up in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single from Carson Vitale (Creighton) which knocked in Troy Frazier (Kentucky). The Express grabbed the lead back in the sixth when John Ringenberg doubled and came around to score on an Andrew Leonard sacrifice fly.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Woodchucks were able to put across the tying run when Frazier crossed the plate after a wild pitch to tie things at 3-3.
The game went to the top of the tenth, where the Express used two walks, a hit, and an RBI fielders choice from Robbie Knight to score the game-winning run.
‘Chucks starter Bobby Pritchett (Central Arkansas) allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits over 5.2 innings of work. Jeremy Brewer (Central Arkansas) was solid, allowing no runs on just one hit. Cullen Sexton (Minnesota) took the loss for the ‘Chucks after giving up the decisive run in the tenth.
Louis Head went 7.2 innings for the Express, allowing three runs on seven hits while factoring in the no decision. Brooks Pinckard, who started the game in center field, allowed just one hit over the final 2.1 innings while picking up the victory.
Brett Krill (UCLA) had a game-high two hits for the ‘Chucks. Frazier had a hit and scored two runs in the loss. The Express were led by a 3-for-4 day with a pair of RBIs from Ringenberg.
The ‘Chucks will now host the Eau Claire for game two of the series tomorrow at Athletic Park, before kicking off the start of the second half on Friday against the Mallards.
The Wisconsin Woodchucks are a member of the Northwoods League, a co llege wood bat summer league featuring players from across the country. Baseball America named the Northwoods League as one of the premier summer collegiate baseball leagues in the country. For group outing / ticket information contact the Woodchucks office at 715-845-5055 or visit the Woodchucks website at www.woodchucks.com.