(WAOW) - The Wisconsin Woodchucks fell to the Madison Mallards 16-3 following a miserable team pitching performance. The Woodchucks fell to 0-2 on the young second half, while the Mallards advanced to 2-0.
The Mallards started things off with four runs in the top of the first inning and chased starter Don Lisi after facing just five batters. Eric Fritz came on in relief and give up three runs of his own in the second inning.
Down 7-0, the ‘Chucks started to show life in the bottom of the second, as Whitmore and King reached base on a walk and HBP, before Brock Stassi and Robbie De La Cruz hit consecutive doubles to bring the game in reach 7-3.
Eric Fritz and the Woodchuck's offense coasted through the third and fourth innings, coming into the top of the fifth with the score still 7-3. Fritz retired the first two batters, before giving up a walk, a single, and a double to give up two runs and end his night.
Jerad Eickhoff came on in relief, and promptly hit a batter and then surrendered up a three run shot to right-centerfield. After tacking on a run in the sixth, the Mallards led the ‘Chucks 13-3.
After an uneventful seventh and eighth innings for both squads, Eickhoff issued a walk with the bases loaded with one out in the ninth. Sam Wolff entered and gave up two consecutive singles to make the score 16-3, before stopping the bleeding and closing out the game.
The Woodchucks gave up 19 hits, 9 walks, hit a batter, and committed 5 errors in the field. After starting hot with three runs in the second, the ‘Chucks lumber fell silent and mash only six hits and two walks.
Courtesy: Wisconsin Woodchucks