EAU CLAIRE (PRESS RELEASE)- The Wisconsin Woodchucks (3-3) had their three game winning streak snapped Monday night as the Eau Claire Express (4-1) held them scoreless. The Express also came into the evening with a 3-game winning streak, and turned the Woodchucks into their 3rd shutout victim of the season in only 5 games. Through those 5 games, Express pitchers have only allowed 1 earned run.
Brad Goldberg (1-0) got his first start of the year for the Express and had no trouble continuing Eau Claire pitching dominance. Despite some control problems, the sophomore from Coastal Carolina navigated through 6 innings, allowing only 4 hits while striking out 3. Goldberg did walk 3, which gave the Woodchucks their few scoring opportunities, but he escaped each jam unharmed.
The Express scored one in the second when Andrew Leonard led off the inning with a double, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Nolan Fadness's RBI groundout. The Express scored a second run in the 6th when Jacob Morris received a two out walk and was doubled home by Josh Scheffert.
The Woodchucks had their bet chances in the fourth and sixth innings, when they had two runners in scoring position with one out. Brock Stassi came to the plate in both innings, but struck out in the fourth and bounced into a double play in the sixth. Jamie Bruno followed Stassi in the fourth and bounced a roller towards second base that seemed destined for center field, but second baseman Drew Heithoff ranged far to his right and made a great cross-body throw to kill the rally.
Jared Eickhoff (0-1) was the tough-luck loser for the ‘Chucks. In his first start, he went 6 inning, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out six.
The Woodchucks will have a chance for revenge tomorrow night as the Express visit Wausau for the first time this season. The game starts at 6:35 and will matchup Woodchucks starter Troy Marks (0-1) with Express righty Steven Flores (1-0).
Courtesy: Wisconsin Woodchucks