WHITEWATER (PRESS RELEASE) – Joel Delorit (Sturgeon Bay) pitched a gem in game two, sparking the Pointers to a 12-1 eight inning victory over the second-ranked Warhawks of UW-Whitewater on Saturday afternoon. UW-Stevens Point dropped the opening game of the day 7-5.
UW-Whitewater 7 – UW-Stevens Point 5
UW-Stevens Point 12 – UW-Whitewater 1 (8 inn.)
The 22nd-ranked Pointers fell behind early in game one, as UW-Whitewater's Jeff Donovan put the Warhawks up 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run of Point starter Tyler Lorenz (Pembine).
UW-Stevens Point answered back in the top of the third when a Justin Jirschele (Clintonville) single drove in Dan Douglas (East Troy), evening the score at 1-1.
The Warhawks were able to reclaim the lead in their half of the fifth, as they were able to push one run across on a fielder's choice groundout by Daniel Putnam. Whitewater was also able to add one more run in the sixth thanks to another groundout, this time by Rob Coe, giving the Warhawks a 3-1 advantage.
In the bottom half of the seventh, UW-Whitewater was able to take advantage of a Pointers error, adding three more runs on two hits in the inning, capped off by a fly out by Ben Kuhlmann, leaving the score at 6-1 heading into the eighth.
The Pointers were able to touch up starter Riley Tincher in the top half of the eighth, scoring four runs on five hits. Brad Archambeau (Watertown) was able to chase Tincher on a run scoring single and Sam Spurney (Manitowoc) greeted Kyle Lee with a two RBI single, scoring Archambeau and Jirschele. An RBI single by Jordan Rennicke (Mequon) plated the fourth run of the inning, cutting the deficit to 6-5, Warhawks.
UW-Whitewater was able to get one run back in their half of the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Nick Rechilitz, giving the Warhawks a two-run advantage heading into the ninth.
Eric Fritz (Custer) was able to coax a leadoff walk off Ben Versnik but was later erased on a double play. Versnik was able to strikeout Archambeau to end the Pointers hope, taking game one 7-5.
Tincher improved his record to 9-0, allowing four runs, all earned, on eight hits in 7.1 innings. Versnick pitched 1.2 innings in relief, notching his sixth save of the season.
Lorenz (4-3) suffered the loss in game one, going seven innings, allowing six runs on six hits, five earned, striking out three and walking three.
The Pointers were led by Jirschele and Spurney with two hits and two RBIs each, while Jordan Stine had two hits and Putnam added two RBIs for the Warhawks.
In the nightcap the Pointers wasted no time jumping on the second-ranked Warhawks, putting 10 runs on the board before the Warhawks could get anything going.
Archambeau began the scoring in the top of the first on an RBI double and Jeremy Richter (Rosholt) and Kevin Thomas (Oshkosh) were able to push across runs in the third, giving the Pointers a 4-0 lead.
Point was able to chase Warhawks' starter Jason Hooper, as Jirschele continued his huge day, adding an RBI single scoring Fritz. Rennicke added two more runs on the Pointers fourth hit of the inning, driving in Archambeau and Jirschele. Spurney then added a run-scoring single one batter later to push the lead to 8-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth.
UWSP added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, this time on Jirschele's third base knock, and Spurney put the 10th run on the board, courtesy of his third home run of the season.
Coe was able to get to Pointers starter Delorit in the sixth, as he laced an RBI single, bringing the score to 10-1, Point.
Spurney put the game out of reach in the eighth on his third hit of the game, this time a two RBI double, scoring Rennicke and Archambeau.
Delorit shut the Warhawks down in the bottom half of the eighth, resulting in a 12-1 shortened game victory for the Pointers.
Delorit (4-3) went the distance for the Pointers, allowing one earned run on eight hits while striking out five. Hopper (3-2) suffered the loss, allowing six runs, five earned, on seven hits in 3.1 innings of work.
Jirschele added four hits in game two, bringing his total to six for the day. Spurney and Archambeau added three hits and Richer and Rennicke chipped in with two each. Spurney also led the team with four RBI.
Kuhlmann and Stine had five of the eight hits for the Warhawks in game two.
UW-Stevens Point (21-8, 10-4 WIAC) will face UW-Whitewater in doubleheader action tomorrow afternoon at Prucha Field at Jim Miller Stadium. First pitch is set for noon.