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Chucks blow early lead in 8-3 loss to first place Express

EAU CLAIRE (PRESS RELEASE)-  The Wisconsin Woodchucks (14-8, 32-25) let an early lead slip away at Carson Park Monday night as the Eau Claire Express (18-5, 40-17) defeated them 8-3.  The loss was the Woodchucks' 1st to Eau Claire in 3 chances in the 2nd half. 

The Express scored first when Josh Scheffert doubled off Woodchuck starter Brock Stassi (2-2) for a 1-0 lead after 1 inning.  The Woodchucks rallied back in the 3rd when Eric Fritz drew a leadoff walk and scored on Rob Lind's double off the very top of the wall in center field.  With a 1-1 tie score, Pat Terry smoked a 1-0 pitch to left field for his 3rd home run of the season and a 3-1 Woodchucks lead.  Terry has 5 RBI in his last two ballgames. 

Stassi couldn't hold down the Express as his control struggles cost him in the bottom of the inning.  Ty Forney hit a leadoff single before Stassi allowed a walk and hit two batters, forcing in a run for a 3-2 ballgame.  After getting a lineout double play, Stassi left a pitch over the plate to Nate Baumann, and Baumann deposited it behind the wall in left for a 3-run homer and a 5-3 Express lead. 

Starter Dietrich Enns (3-1) calmed down with his second lead and pitched 3 more shutout innings before he gave way to Scott Mariner who allowed just one hit and one walk in 3 innings pitched, earning his 2nd save of the year.  Meanwhile, the Express added 3 more runs in the 7th off Jon Moscot and Ryan Iverson, including a home run on the second pitch Iverson delivered this season, to stretch their lead to the final score of 8-3. 

The Woodchucks get another crack at the first place Express tomorrow night in another contest at Carson Park.  The game will begin at 6:35 and can be heard on Fox Sports 1390 AM.

Courtesy:  Wisconsin Woodchucks

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