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Pointers move into first in WIAC with sweep of Pioneers

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PLATTEVILLE – The 12th-ranked UW-Stevens Point baseball team completed the series sweep of the UW-Platteville Pioneers on Sunday afternoon with a pair of victories at Kendall Murray Field. The Pointers won the opener 10-2 and took 13 innings to come away with the game two victory, 3-2.

The four-game sweep gives the Pointers (25-8, 16-4 WIAC) the outright lead in the Wisconsin intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings, a half game ahead of UW-Whitewater, heading into the final week of the regular season.

The Pointers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first behind Cody Koback's RBI triple, his seventh of the season, and a Sean Gerber RBI groundout.

The Pointers tacked on three more runs in the third in support of starter Scott Williams, as he scattered six Pioneer runs and helped strand 11 runners. He also struck out 12, moving into third place all-time on the career strikeouts list. The win, his eighth of the season, is his 24th career victory, second-most all-time, surpassing assistant coach Jeff Pieper's 23 career victories.

Brad Stroik and Mitch Beau each pitched an inning in relief to seal the victory.

Coback finished the day a home run shy of the cycle, going 3-for-3 with four runs scored. Gerber, Steve Considine and Dan Douglas each recorded a pair of hits in the win.

Game two took 13 innings to determine an outcome but it was the Pointers who prevailed.

The Pointers never trailed but a RBI single by the Pioneers in the seventh inning knotted the score at 2-2.

In the 13th, Koback singled to right and came home on a Casey Barnes single later in the inning to give UWSP the go-ahead run.

Eric Van Beck earned the save, recording the final two outs of the 13th inning, giving the Pointers the win.

Starter Koback threw 4.1 innings but did not factor in the decision. Ryan Iverson threw eight innings in relief, his longest outing of the season, scattering eight hits and struck out six to earn the win,

Justin Jirschele went 3-for-5 in game two with two RBIs and Koback was 2-for-6 with two runs scored.

Courtesy: UWSP Sports Information

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