STEVENS POINT (PRESS RELEASE) - The UW-Stevens Point baseball team used 10 home runs, including a walk off home run from Brad Archambeau, in their home opener to sweep the first of two doubleheaders on the weekend as they defeated UW-Platteville 14-5 and 11-10.
In the first game the Pointers did not wait long to pull ahead of the Pioneers as Eric Fritz blasted an opposite field home run in the bottom of the first to give Point a quick 1-0 lead. The Pointers continued to add to their lead in the second thanks to a two-run home run by Kevin Thomas. Justin Jirschele was also able to draw a bases loaded walk to give the Pointers a 4-0 advantage after two.
The Pioneers Joe Nartowicz was able to get the Pioneers on the board in the top half of the third inning as he drove a double to left center field and later scored on a single by Jason Jacobson, cutting the Pointers lead to 4-1.
Fritz continued his big day as he added to the Pointers lead with a two-run home run in the sixth, putting the Pointers up 7-1.
The Pioneers put together a big seventh inning as Aaron Hopson belted a grand slam off Pointers starting pitcher Tyler Lorenz. Lorenz finished the day going seven innings allowing five earned runs on five hits while striking out 10.
In the Pointers half of the seventh Dan Douglas able to get some of those runs back as he drove a three run home run over the right field fence. Point was able to put the game away in their half of the eighth as Archambeau answered the Pioneers grand slam with one of his own. Jeremy Richter was able to add a fifth run in the frame, resulting in a 14-5 final.
Max Mittelstaedt pitched the last two innings for the Pointers allowing no hits in two innings of work.
Leading the way for the Pointers was Fritz with three hits, two home runs, three runs and three RBIs. Archambeau also scored three runs, a home run and collected four RBIs while Douglas had two hits, a home run and three RBIs. Tyler Lorenz was credited with the win.
Leading the way for the Pioneers in the first game was Hopson with a home run and four RBIs.
In the second game Fritz once again got the Pointers scoring in the bottom of the first as he belted a two-run home putting Point up 2-0 after one. They were able to put two more runs on the board in the second thanks to another home run, this time by Travis Tuschen.
The Pioneers were able to push two runs across the plate in the top of the third off Pointers starter Eric Van Beck thanks to two walks, a hit by pitch and an RBI single by Kevin Osmanski, cutting the Pointers lead to 4-2.
Richter led off the Pointers third with a triple and later came around to score on a single by Jirschele. Jirschele was driven in later in the inning along with Jared Surman by Steve Considine as he took a pitch back up the middle of Pioneers starter Grant Oldenburg.
UW-Platteville was able to take the lead over the next two innings as they scored two in the fourth and four in the fifth. The Pioneers were able to take advantage of a Pointer's error in the fourth, scoring two unearned runs in the frame to take an 8-7 lead.
Surman helped the Pointers even up the score in the next half inning as he hit a booming home run to center field with two outs to even the score at eight apiece.
Wade Axelson was able to lead the Pioneers seventh off with a walk and back-to-back base hits by Tyler Jacobson and Derrick Rice plated him to put Platteville in front 9-8.
In the bottom half of the seventh it was Surman once again who was in on the scoring for the Pointers. Archambeau led the inning off with a single and Surman belted a two-run bomb with two outs again to vault the Pointers in front, 10-9.
The Pioneers kept with the theme of the second game as they once again answered back to the Pointers score with one of their own. Joe Nartowicz, last week's WIAC Player of the Week, turned a pitch from Ryan Povlick around and put it over the right field fence to tie the game at 10. Platteville tried to put together a rally in the top of the ninth but a superb double play turned by Tuschen and Fritz ended any hopes the Pioneers had in the ninth.
The Pointers led off the bottom of the ninth with the top of their lineup and hoped to end the game before extra innings. Archambeau stepped up to the plate with one out and drove a pitch to the opposite that cleared the fence and gave the Pointers an 11-10 victory in walk off fashion.
Leading the Pointers offensive attack was Archambeau, Jirschele, Surman and Considine all with two hits apice. Ryan Povlick was credited with the victory after going three innings allowing one earned run on just two hits.
Leading the way for the Pioneers in the second game was Tyler Jacobson with three hits and Brett Benesh and Derrick rice with two hits apiece.
UW-Stevens Point (11-5-0, 2-1 WIAC) will return to action tomorrow afternoon as they face UW-Platteville in double-header action again at University Field. First pitch is set for 12 p.m.