MENOMONIE (PRESS RELEASE)- Sam Spurney (Manitowoc) and Jared Surman (Kimberly) each drove in four runs in a 13-6 game one victory, but the Pointers could not complete the doubleheader sweep, falling 5-3 in game two against UW-Stout as they closed out the regular season portion of their schedule Sunday afternoon at Nelson Field.
The Pointers continued their offensive surge right where the left off yesterday as they plated two runs in the second inning against the Blue Devils. With two runners on and two out, Steve Considine (Portage) stepped up against Chris Andersen and laced a two run double to center field for the early lead. Spurney added a two out, two run double of his own an inning later, giving Point a 4-0 lead after two and one half.
In the top half of the fifth, the Pointer offense was able to push across another pair or runs as they strung together four hits in the inning. Josh Krueger (Portage) continued the Pointers clutch hitting as he knocked a single to left field with two outs, scoring Jeremy Richter (Rosholt). Surman was the next batter and he singled through the left side, scoring Spurney, putting the sixth run on the board.
Spurney gave UW-Stevens Point a 7-0 lead when his sacrifice fly in the seventh scored Justin Jirschele (Clintonville).
UW-Stout was finally got their zero off the board on a run scoring double by Jon Schoch when Jacob Herbst (Park Falls) relieved Scott Williams (Baraboo) after he held the Blue Devils scoreless over the first six innings.
Point was able to get that run back plus more as they pushed across six runs in the eighth against new Blue Devils pitcher Ryan Kraft. Richter scored the first run of the inning on a sacrifice fly and Jirschele plated Eric Fritz (Custer) on a double one batter later. Spurney continued the scoring with an RBI single and Surman capped off the inning with his seventh home run of the season, scoring three and giving Point a 13-1 advantage.
Facing the 10-run mercy rule, the Blue Devils were able to plate three runners on a two RBI triple and a run scoring single, leaving the score at 13-4 into the ninth.
Schoch opened up the ninth with his third home run of the season to cut the deficit to eight. Matt Guida was able to plate the second run of the inning on a pinch-hit single, but Ryan Povlick (Greendale) forced a fly out to close game one in a 13-6 victory for the Pointers.
Williams went six strong innings as he allowed no runs on three hits, earning his eighth victory of the season. Anderson (0-2) suffered the loss after allowing seven runs, four earned, in seven innings of work.
Spurney led the Pointers, going a four-for-four with a double, scoring three runs and driving in four. Surman also drove in four runs on three hits and Jirschele added three hits of his own including two doubles.
Brian Giebel and Schoch each tallied two hits for the Blue Devils in game one.
In the nightcap, UW-Stout was able to jump out to an early lead as they plated two runs in the second on an RBI double by Drew Anderson and a sacrifice fly from Chris Sill.
Jirschele was able to get one of the runs back in the top half of the third when he plated Dan Douglas (East Troy) on a sacrifice fly.
Douglas was able to knot up the game at two apiece on a groundout and a batter later, Brad Archambeau (Watertown) singled to left-center field to put the Pointers up 3-2.
UW-Stout was able to chase starter Eric Van Beck (Hartland) in the sixth when Jake Duske doubled to center field to open the frame. Ryan Iverson (Eau Claire) came in and retired the first two batters he faced, however, one run scored on a ground out to tie the game at three. The Blue Devils then strung together four consecutive hits, scoring two runs, to vault into the lead with a score of 5-3.
Chris Lammert was then able to shut the Pointers down in the final three frames as he only allowed two hits in those final innings.
Lammert (3-3) picked up the win as he pitched six innings in relief, allowing no runs on three hits.
Iverson (1-2) suffered the loss after allowing two runs, both earned, in three innings.
Jordan Rennicke (Mequon) had two of the Pointers four hits in the second game including a double.
Giebel and Duske tallied two hits for the Blue Devils to salvage the last game of the series.
Point was able to take the season series with three victories in Menomonie, outscoring the Blue Devils 36-19 in the four game series. In the Sunday doubleheader, the Pointers left several opportunities slip by to put more runs on the board as they left 17 on base compared to 13 by Stout.
UW-Stevens Point (27-13, 16-8 WIAC) will now continue their season as they enter into postseason play. Point wrapped up the number two seed in the WIAC Tournament which begins on Friday in Whitewater.
The Pointers will take on #3 seed UW-Platteville in the first game of the double-elimination three team tournament on Friday, May 14 in Whitewater. First pitch is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Miller Stadium.