STEVENS POINT (PRESS RELEASE) - The Pointers pounded out 29 hits in two games and held on despite late rallies by the Yellowjackets to sweep UW-Superior with 9-11 and 16-14 victories on Saturday afternoon at University Field.
Jared Surman (Kimberly) put the Pointers on the board in the second inning as he drove a 3-2 pitch from Yellowjackets starter Alex Langadin over the left field fence for his fifth home run of the season giving Point a 2-0 lead.
In the third the Pointers were able to take advantage of four walks off Langadin and both Justin Jirschele (Clintonville, WI) and Steve Considine (Portage) were able to plate two runs with sacrifice flies. Point was able to add two more runs in the fourth frame after Brad Archambeau (Watertown) drove his third home run of the season to right centerfield.
UW-Superior was able to touch up Scott Williams (Baraboo) in the fifth as Paul Schlangen had a run-scoring single and Mitch Loegering scored two with a single to right field. The Yellowjackets tacked on two more runs in their half of the sixth as Joe Ahrens and Schlangen both drove in runs to cut the deficit to 6-3.
The Pointers were able to get back three of those runs in their half of the sixth inning with the aid of a Yellowjackets error. Eric Fritz (Custer) reached on an error and Jeremy Richter (Rosholt) walked to put two on with two out for Jirschele who took the first pitch he seen and drove it over the right centerfield fence for his third home run of the season.
UW-Superior was able to rally and push across two more runs off Williams in the top half of the seventh when Schlangen grounded into a fielder's choice, scoring two runs.
Point was able to get both of those runs back in the bottom half of the seventh when Fritz flied out deep center field, scoring Adam Saeger (Watertown). Travis Tuschen (Sun Prairie, WI) was able to score on a passed ball for the Pointers 11th run of the game as he was just barely able to beat a tag from the Yellowjackets catcher Brett Olson.
The Yellowjackets were able to chase Williams from the game in the eighth as Rhett Williamson doubled after Robbie Veith drew a four pitch walk. Schlangen was able to plate another run in the inning, this time a fly out to right field.
Ryan Iverson (Eau Claire) was able to come in for the ninth and earned his first save of the season in an 11-9 victory.
Williams improved his record to an impressive 6-0 on the season while pitching seven and one third innings, allowing nine runs while striking out nine. Lagadin (1-1) took the loss for the Yellowjackets after allowing four runs in two innings of work.
Considine led the Pointers with two hits while Archambeau and Surman added home runs.
Mike Doescher, Shaun Marshall and Schlangen all had two hits for the Yellowjackets.
In the nightcap of the doubleheader the offensive attacks were on display as a combined 32 hits were belted out and 30 runs were scored.
Kyle Cummings was the first to cross the plate for Superior after he tripled to lead off the second and later came around to score on a groundout by Lagadin.
The Pointers wasted no time in getting that run back as Archambeau led off the bottom half of the inning with his second home run of the day and fourth of the season. Point was able to rattle off three more consecutive hits and a double by Jirschele plated Jordan Rennicke (Mequon) and Surman. Jirschele was then driven in by Kevin Thomas (Oshkosh) two batters later to score the fourth run of the inning. Fritz was part of the fifth and sixth runs of the inning as he singled in Thomas with two out and later scored on a Richter single up the middle.
The Yellowjackets were able to touch up starter Eric Van Beck (Hartland) for two more runs in the third when Shaun Marshall hit his first home run of the season to make it a 6-3 game.
Over the Pointers next two innings they were able to create some breathing room for themselves as they were able to push across eight runs, highlighted by Josh Krueger (Portage)'s third home run of the season. Richter, Fritz, Krueger and Thomas also contributed to the eight runs scored run-scoring hits of their own to give Point a 14-3 lead.
UW-Superior managed to crawl back in the game as they put together huge sixth and seventh innings. In the sixth the Yellowjackets were able to string together six consecutive hits and scored five runs to close the gap to 14-8. Cummings then led the top half of the seventh off with his second home run of the season and an RBI double by Ahrens and a groundout by Veith narrowed the Pointer lead to 14-11.
The scored remained the same until the Pointers half of the eighth inning when they added two more on Krueger's third hit of the game, this one a two-RBI double down the left field line scoring Archambeau and Rennicke.
The Yellowjackets were able to put together one last rally in the ninth thanks to a pinch-hit single by Brendan Willis, a sacrifice fly by Schlangen and a bases-loaded walk from Cummings plated three. Tyler Lorenz (Pembine) then came to record the final out and did so, ending the game at 16-14.
Van Beck improved his record to 1-1 while allowing eight runs while striking out five in five and two thirds innings of work. UW-Superior's Nick Bursik was handed his fourth loss on the season after allowing nine earned runs in three innings of work.
Fritz, Richter, Krueger and Thomas each tallied three hits for the Pointers in game two and Archambeau added a home run. Richter and Krueger also led the team in RBIs with four apiece.
Marshall, Cummings, Ahrens and Mike Doescher all had multi-hit games for the Yellowjackets.
UW-Stevens Point (17-6, 8-2 WIAC) will face off against UW-Superior at home again tomorrow afternoon in another conference doubleheader with game time set for noon. Live stats will also be available on the Pointers Web site.