STEVENS POINT – On Senior Day, Jeremy Richter's four hits and two home runs in game two were not enough to overcome the Eagles hit attack, splitting the doubleheader after taking game one 10-9 Sunday afternoon at University Field. The Pointers lost game two 5-15 in eight innings.
The Pointers opened up the scoring in the bottom half of the second inning on a Kevin Thomas sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Brad Archambeau.
UW-La Crosse answered back in the top of the third when Corey Geary connected on his first home run of the season, putting the Eagles up 2-1.
Point wasted no time in retaking the lead as they were able to push six runs across in the bottom of the third. The Pointers scored their first run after Eagles catcher Brett Jacobson was called for catcher's interference. Archambeau then laced a two RBI single to center field, scoring Justin Jirschele and Eric Fritz, giving Point the lead. Jordan Rennicke was able to plate one more run after reaching on an error by Garrett Scray and Richter capped off the inning with a two run double to deep center field for a 7-2 advantage.
La Crosse put one run on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth but in the Pointers half, Josh Krueger belted his fourth home run of the season keeping Point's lead at five.
The Eagles' bats brought them back into the game as they plated two runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings trimming the Pointers lead to 8-6.
In the Pointers seventh, Fritz added another run with a sacrifice fly to center field and Steve Considine was able to score off of a Steve Henes wild pitch to give Point a 10-7 lead heading into the final two frames.
Matt Trocke opened up the Eagles ninth with a solo home run of Jack Archie, chasing him from the game and cutting the Pointers lead to two runs. Jay Fanta then made it a one run game when he greeted new Pointers pitcher Ryan Povlick with his seventh home run of the season. Povlick was then able to retire the next three batters in order to preserve the 10-9 win for the Pointers.
Scott Williams (7-1) earned the victory after going six innings, allowing five earned runs while striking out five. Povlick pitched the ninth for his first save of the season.
Scray (2-2) suffered the loss, allowing 10 runs, six earned in 6.1 innings of work.
Archambeau led the Pointers with three hits, including double, and two RBIs. Considine also chipped in with three hits and Sam Spurney added two RBIs.
Geary, Brett Jacobson and Matt Johnson each had two hits apiece for the Eagles.
Both teams combined for 31 hits, 17 from La Crosse and 14 from Stevens Point.
In the nightcap, the Pointers were able to strike first again as Richter belted his sixth home run of the season over the center field fence for a 2-0 lead.
The Eagles answered back in the top half of the second as Travis Martin connected on his first home run of the season, putting the Eagles up 3-2. Considine was able to tie the game back up in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a wild pitch from Brandon Walczak.
UW-La Crosse was able to touch up Point's Eric Van Beck for three more runs in the fourth, chasing him from the game.
Richter chipped away at the Eagles lead in the fifth when he connected for his second home run of the day and seventh of the season. The Pointers were able to load up the bases with no outs but they could not push any more runs across the plate.
The Eagles came out in the sixth and jumped all over Cam Seidl and Max Mittelstaedt. They were able to plate one run on a wild pitch and Trocke laced a two run single to center field, chasing Seidl from the game. Mittelstaedt was then greeted by Lance Poppy who stroked his second home run of the year over the left field fence putting UW-La Crosse up 12-4.
Rennicke was able to get one of the runs back in their half of the sixth after sending a Tim Verthein offering back through the middle, but the Pointers left the bases loaded for the second consecutive inning.
UW-La Crosse kept it rolling in the seventh as they were able to add two more runs to their lead. Matt Johnson led off the inning with his first home run of the season and Fanta drove home Geary on an RBI single up the middle pushing the lead to 14-5, Eagles.
Johnson was able to make it a 10 run lead for the Eagles as he had a sacrifice fly to right field. The Pointers were unable to put a run on the board in the bottom half of the eighth and the Eagles claimed victory in game two by a score of 15-5 in eight innings.
Verthein (2-5) earned the victory after pitching 3.2 innings in relief while allowing one earned run. Van Beck (2-2) suffered the loss for the Pointers after allowing six earned runs in 3.1 innings.
Richter was the only offense for the Pointers in game two as he was four-for-five with two home runs and three RBIs.
Six of the Eagles nine batters had multiple hit games and were led by Poppy with three and Martin knocked in five. The Eagles belted eight home runs in the two games Sunday.
UW-Stevens Point (24-11, 13-7 WIAC) will travel to Appleton to take on Lawrence University on Wednesday in a non-conference match-up. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
Courtesy: UWSP Sports Information