STEVENS POINT (Press Release) – The UW-Stevens Point baseball team used the arm of Cody Koback in game one and the bat of Bryan Clark in game two to take two games from the seventh-ranked Warhawks of UW-Whitewater Sunday afternoon, recording 8-1 and 11-7 victories, splitting the weekend series.
In game one, both sides were held scoreless through the first five and a half innings before the Pointers could plate the first run of the ballgame. Dan Douglas reached on a one out single and Koback doubled to deep right center field. Justin Jirschele then came through with a two out, two RBI single up the middle to give Point a 2-0 lead.
UW-Whitewater took one run back in the top half of the sixth inning when Dylan Friend drove in Jeff Donovan after he reached on a double to lead off the inning cutting the lead to one for the Pointers.
In the bottom half of the sixth, the Pointers added to their lead as they plated three more runs. Travis Tuschen drove in the first run on a single up the middle with two outs and two batters later Eric Fritz scored two, also on a single up the middle.
Point added a run in the seventh on a RBI double by Ryan Iverson and two more scores in the eighth from Jirschele and Steve Considine.
Iverson shut down the Warhawks in the final three innings to give the Pointers an 8-1 victory in game one.
Koback started the game and went six strong innings allowing one run on three hits to improve his record to 2-1 on the season. Iverson was credited with his sixth save of the season as he went three innings allowing no runs and no hits while striking out two.
The offense was also led by Koback who had a triple, double and a steal and #Jared Surman# tallied three hits while scoring two runs. Jirschele and Fritz had three and two RBI respectively.
Justin Lambert (2-1) suffered the loss as he allowed five runs in six innings.
In the second game, UW-Whitewater jumped out to an early lead as they scored two runs in the top half of the first inning before the Pointers stepped up to the plate.
The Pointers plated three runs in the bottom half of the inning taking advantage of a Warhawks' error to claim the lead at 3-2. Koback and Sean Gerber each drove in runs with singles.
UW-Whitewater answered back in the next half inning again scoring two runs and chasing Pointers' starter Cam Seidl.
Douglas tied the game up at four in the bottom half of the inning as he grounded out to first base and Bryan Clark scored after led off the inning with a double to left center.
UW-Stevens Point reclaimed the lead in the bottom half of the third inning when Kevin Thomas flied out to centerfield scoring Jirschele and put the Pointers on top 5-4 after three innings of play.
In the bottom half of the fifth the Pointers were able to gain some insurance runs as Jirschele and Thomas both walked, setting the stage for Clark. With two outs he took the Tom Kerndt offering and drove it over the left field fence for a three-run home run, his first of the year.
The Warhawks managed to bring the deficit back to two when then plated two runs on a pinch hit single by Jared Fon in their half of the seventh inning. Whitewater had the bases loaded in the inning but #Zach Wendorf# forced a groundout to end the threat.
The Pointers put the game away in the bottom of the eighth inning as Douglas, Fritz and Koback all had run scoring hits. Koback capped off the inning with a triple to deep centerfield, his fifth triple of the year, tying the single-season record.
Iverson came in to close out the game in the ninth to preserve the 11-7 doubleheader sweep for Point.
Tyler Flood (1-0) picked up his first career victory as he went four and two thirds innings allowing one run on five hits.
Douglas, Koback, Jirschele and Clark each had two hits for the Pointers and Clark led the team with three RBI.
Kyle Lee (2-1) suffered the loss as he allowed four runs in an inning and two thirds. Daniel Putnam finished the game four-for-five and scored two runs for the Warhawks.
UW-Stevens Point (11-6, 2-2 WIAC) will return to action on Wednesday afternoon as they square off against UW-Oshkosh in a doubleheader. Game one's first pitch is set for 1 p.m.
Courtesy: UWSP Press Release