STEVENS POINT (WAOW) – Jordan Rennicke (Mequon) helped the Pointers avoid extra innings as he drove a double to the wall in the bottom of the ninth to complete a doubleheader sweep of the Eagles of Edgewood College Wednesday afternoon at University Field. The Pointers won game one 2-1 followed by a 5-4 game two victory.
In the first game of the doubleheader the game was dead-locked until the Pointers half of the third as they were able to push across one run. Steve Considine (Portage) was able to reach on a fielding error by Eagles second basemen Scott Ortega and later came around to score when Eric Fritz (Custer) grounded into a fielder's choice, giving Point a 1-0 advantage.
Stevens Point was able to tack on one more run in the bottom half of the fourth when Justin Jirschele (Clintonville, WI) slapped one of his four hits back threw the box and eventually scored on a Brad Archambeau (Watertown) single into the left centerfield gap for a 2-0 lead.
Pointers starter Jack Archie (Brookfield, WI) was lights out in the first four innings allowing just three runners to reach with only one making it as far as second. He ran into a little trouble in the top half of the fifth as he walked two and gave up a hit, knocking him out of the game. Tim Barry was able to lace an RBI single to left field to cut the deficit to 2-1, Pointers.
Archie went five innings to pick up his first victory of the season, allowing one run on two hits. Scott Williams (Baraboo) was able to shut the Eagles down for the last four innings of the game allowing no runs on four hits while striking out five, earning his first save of the season. Scott Winters was handed the loss while allowing two runs on eight hits in eight innings of work.
Jirschele led the Pointers with a pair of doubles and two singles. Travis Tuschen was on base three times with two hits and a walk.
The nightcap featured a similar start with both teams scoreless entering the fourth inning. Edgewood struck first in the top half of the fourth as they put back-to-back singles off Pointer starter Max Mittelstaedt (Oshkosh) and forced them to dig into their bullpen. Ryan Iverson (Eau Claire) was greeted by Trey Dennison as he laced an RBI single to the right centerfield gap to take a 1-0 lead.
Point was able to come back in the fifth as they were able to take advantage of an Eagles error, putting four unearned runs on the board. Fritz singled through the first run of the inning and Jirschele continued his big day, belting his fourth home run of the season. They added one more run as Kevin Thomas (Oshkosh) singled to centerfield, scoring Archambeau, taking a 4-1 lead.
Iverson held the Eagles in check until he was relieved by Eric Van Beck (Hartland), as he went two and one third innings allowing zero earned runs while giving up five hits.
The Pointers defense cost them in the top of the ninth however; as an error by Jirschele put the first runner on and three batters later Steve Binder pushed an RBI single through the left side to cut the lead to 4-2. The Eagles were in a two strike, two out hole when Ryan Walker singled to left field, scoring two, and evening the score at four apiece.
In the bottom of the ninth Jirschele came up with one out and was hit by a pitch to put the winning run on base. Rennicke took an offering from Glenn Nowell and laced a double to the centerfield wall, with Jirschele scoring from first, to give the Pointers a 5-4 victory.
Van Beck (2-1) pitched three innings while allowing three runs, zero earned, on just three hits. Nowell was tabbed with the loss as he went eight and two thirds allowing five runs, one earned, and scattered 10 hits.
Thomas led the team with a trio of singles while Fritz added two of his own. Jirschele finished the two games with five hits including a home run.
Jimy Landwehr had four hits for the Eagles while Mike Selvaggi added three of his own.
In the game, Edgewood stranded 12 base runners while Stevens Point left 11 on.
UW-Stevens Point (20-7) will now travel to UW-Whitewater for Saturday and Sunday doubleheaders to take on the second-ranked Warhawks, trying to narrow the gap in the WIAC standings. Game one is scheduled for a noon start both days.
Courtesy: UW-SP Press Release