STEVENS POINT (PRESS RELEASE) – Scott Williams pitched eight strong innings and struck out nine in the first game of the doubleheader as the Pointers were victorious 8-5 but fell to UW-Platteville in the second game Sunday afternoon at University Field 11-6.
In the first of two games the Pointers jumped out of the gates quick once again putting runs on the board in the first inning. Dan Douglas led off the bottom half of the inning with a walk and Eric Fritz followed up with a single to right field. Brad Archambeau knocked Douglas in with a sacrifice fly to center and two batters later Justin Jirschele plated Fritz with a sacrifice fly of his own.
The Pioneers answered back in the top half of the second inning with the help of a two-run home run from Steve Bomkamp to even the game back at 2-2. Pointers starter Scott Williams then regained his composure and was able to hold the Pioneers hitless until Bomkamp managed to poke a one out single into right field and eventually came around to score.
Jeremy Richter was able to put the Pointers back in front in the bottom half of the third as he singled to right centerfield plating Douglas and Fritz. Point was able to push a run across in both the fifth and six innings thanks to RBI singles by Fritz and Kevin Thomas.
After UW-Platteville plated one run in their half of the seventh the Pointers answered back with two runs of their own. A sacrifice fly by Sam Spurney scored Archambeau and Richter scored on a double by Sean Gerber to increase the Pointers lead to 8-3.
Williams came out in the ninth and tried for a complete game but a pinch-hit two-run home run by Trevor Kattre made it a three run game at 8-5. Joel Delroit then took over for Point as he pitched the final frame and collected the save. Williams improved his record to 4-0 by throwing eight solid innings allowing five earned runs on seven hits while striking out nine.
Richter and Fritz led the Pointers in game one as they were both on base three times and collected two and one RBIs respectfully.
The Pioneers were led by Bomkamp with three runs scored, two hits and two RBIs. Pitcher Bill Oppriecht fell to 2-1 on the year after allowing eight runs in six and one third inning.
In game two the Pioneers got on the board first as they took advantage of two walks from Pointers starter Cam Seidl and a single by Tyler Jacobson and a groundout by Jason Jacobson gave them a 2-0 lead. Platteville added an unearned run in the third to take a 3-0 lead after three.
Platteville was able to chase Seidl in the top of the fifth after a double by Tyler Jacobson scored two runs and was later plated by Kattre with run scoring single. Seidl finished the game going four and one third innings allowing five runs on nine hits.
The Pointers bats finally woke up in their half of the fifth as Jirschele scored on double by Spurney to cut the deficit to 6-1. Fritz then turned a Wil Osmanski pitch around for his fourth home run on the weekend driving home Spurney and Travis Tuschen.
Platteville however did not wait long to respond as Joe Nartowicz belted a pitch from Fritz over the right centerfield fence to plate two more runs. In the Pioneers seventh Jason Jacobson hit his third home run of the season and Bomkamp drew a bases loaded walk to chase Fritz from the mound. The third run of the inning came from a sacrifice fly from Levi Nye, leaving the score at 11-4.
Point managed to push across two more runs in the bottom of the frame as Jordan Rennicke doubled home Spurney and Justin Moroder came through with a pinch-hit single to right field to cut the deficit to 11-6.
Ryan Iverson came in and pitched two scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth to keep the Pioneers lead at five but the Pointers could not push anymore runs across in the final frames and lost 11-6.
Spurney and Rennicke both had two hits to lead the Pointers and Fritz also added a home run.
Derrick Rice and Nartowicz each had three hits and Tyler Jacobson added four RBIs. Osmanski improved to 2-0 on the season going seven innings allowing two earned runs on eight hits.
UW-Stevens Point (12-6, 3-2 WIAC) will travel to UW-Oshkosh to take on the Titans on Wednesday. Before the doubleheader begins the teams will finish their suspended game from this past Wednesday. The suspended game is scheduled to resume at 11 a.m. and the doubleheader is set to start at 1 p.m.