WATERLOO (PRESS RELEASE)- The Wisconsin Woodchucks (11-7) pulled to a tie atop the South Division by completing the 3-game road sweep of the Waterloo Bucks (9-9) with a 10-4 win Sunday afternoon. The Woodchucks set a new season high, smashing 15 hits around Riverfront Stadium, including 4 doubles.
The ‘Chucks lead all day as Grant Dozar reached third base with heads-up baserunning in the first and scored on a wild pitch. The Woodchucks added two more for a 3-0 lead when Dozar singled home two. Dozar ended the game with 3 hits, 2 runs, and 3 RBI, as well as a critical diving catch at first base.
Cory Hall earned his first win of the season with five strong innings, allowing one unearned run and just 3 hits while striking out 9. Of the 15 outs collected by Hall, 14 were grounders, infield pop-ups, or strikeouts.
The Bucks closed the gap to 4-3 with two runs in the sixth off reliever Sam Wolff, but left the tying run on second base. With two outs in the eighth, the Woodchucks rallied for three insurance runs. Ryan Rieger hit his second home run of the series in the bottom of the eighth to shrink the Chucks lead to 7-4, but the Woodchucks scored 3 more runs in the ninth inning to put the victory on ice. Eric Fritz pitched the final three innings of the ballgame for the ‘Chucks, allowing only the Reiger home run, to earn his second save. Fritz struck out two in the contest, the last of 13 total by Woodchuck pitchers.
The Woodchucks return home Monday night to begin a two game series with the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (5-11). Jordan Luvisi is scheduled to start for the ‘Chucks against Rafter probable Kyle Anderson. The game starts at 6:35 at Athletic Park.