APPLETON – The UW-Stevens Point baseball team closed out the nonconference portion of their schedule on Wednesday evening, dropping a 10-9 decision to the Vikings of Lawrence University at Don Hawkins Field in Appleton.
While the Pointers committed a season-high six errors on the evening, the Vikings scored just two unearned runs, tagging five Pointer pitchers with eight earned runs in nine innings. The loss splits the season series between the two teams as UWSP defeated the Vikings 7-3 in the final game of their trip to Florida this spring.
Tied 4-4 after the third, UW-Stevens Point posted two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to take the 8-4 lead.
Lawrence came storming back, plating three runs in the home half of the sixth and two more in the seventh to go back in front 9-8.
In the eighth, a Brad Archambeau single to center field scored Adam Saeger, knotting the game at 9-9. The Pointers then loaded the bases on a Justin Jirschele walk before Lawrence's Luke Kostreva forced an inning-ending pop-up.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Vikings' A.J. Nathan singled to left field, driving in Phil Wisniewski and giving Lawrence the 10-9 edge.
Kostreva finished the ninth for the Vikings, picking up his second win of the season.
Ryan Iverson (1-1) suffered the loss for the Pointers, allowing one run on two hits working the eighth inning.
Sam Spurney and Josh Krueger both homered and collected two hits each in the losing effort.
The Pointers (24-12) close out the regular season with a four game series against UW-Stout in Menomonie this weekend. First pitch Friday, May 7 is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday's doubleheader is scheduled for a Noon start.
Regardless of the outcome of the weekend series with UW-Stout, UW-Stevens Point has wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) tournament and will face the No. 3 seed on Friday, May 14 at 10 a.m. in Whitewater.
Courtesy: UWSP Press Release