STEVENS POINT - Joel Delorit went eight strong innings, striking out 11 of the 29 batters he faced as the Pointers rebounded from a 4-2 game one loss on Saturday afternoon to win the nightcap 9-1 against the visiting Eagles of UW-La Crosse.
The 19th-ranked Pointers improve to 23-10 overall, 12-6 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference while UW-La Crosse falls to 15-19 on the season, 7-11 in league play.
In the day's first action, it was the visiting Eagles who stuck first, plating a run in the second inning as a Travis Martin RBI single drove in Ryan McArthur before the Pointers could end the threat.
The Pointers tied and then gained the lead in the fifth, as Dan Douglas reached on an error by the first baseman, leading to Kevin Thomas crossing the plate. Later in the inning, Fritz drove Douglas, giving the Pointers the edge.
The Eagles battled back to score a run in the eighth, as a Matt Johnson single to left field drove in Corey Geary.
A leadoff walk by Brad Archambeau in the home half of eighth did not advance past second as Eagle starter Mitch Running ended the threat with a pair of strikeouts and a groundout.
In the ninth, La Crosse pushed two more runs across the plate on three hits off reliever Ryan Iverson, as a Jon-Paul Cloutier triple and a Brett Jacobson double drove in the two runs, giving the visitors the lead, 4-2.
In the home half of the ninth, the Pointers got the bases loaded with two outs before Steve Henes came in and forced Archambeau to fly out to right field, ending the threat and earning the save.
Fritz was the only Pointer to finish with multiple hits in game one, collecting four hits and driving in one of the team's two runs. Tyler Lorenz went eight-plus innings, striking out seven and walking two but suffered the loss for the Pointers, his fourth of the season.
In game two, the Pointers woke up the bats, hanging three runs in the board in both the first and second innings, thanks to a two-run home run by Jordan Rennicke and a two RBI single by Fritz.
Fritz tacked on two more runs for the Pointers in the third with one swing of the bat, as his sixth home run of the season cleared the left centerfield fence giving the Pointers a 8-1 advantage after three.
Jeremy Richter reached base in the sixth on a catcher's interference call and then came around to score on a Rennicke single to right center, making the score 9-1.
That was all the offense Delorit needed, as down the stretch he retired 11 straight Eagles en route to earning his fifth victory of the year.
Fritz, Rennicke and Sean Gerber all finished with two hits on the afternoon for the Pointers. Fritz and Rennicke drove in four runs apiece in the victory.
The two teams return to action on Sunday, May 2 in the final home doubleheader of the regular season for the Pointers. First pitch is scheduled for Noon at University Field. Between games of the doubleheader the Pointers will honor the 2010 seniors on the roster.
Courtesy: UWSP Sports Information