STEVENS POINT (Press Release) - Sean Gerber's eight RBIs helped lead the UW-Stevens Point baseball team past St. Norbert University, 21-7, Tuesday afternoon as the Pointers won their seventh straight game.
The eighth-ranked Pointers (26-8) got things rolling right away, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the first to take a 7-0 lead after one complete.
After Dan Douglas started the game with a base hit and stolen base and the next two batters reached base by a hit by pitch and walk, Gerber got his first RBI of the game with a fielders choice ground out giving the Pointers a 1-0 lead. Eric Fritz helped cap off the bottom of the first as his single up the middle plated a pair of Pointers, giving them the early seven run advantage.
Green Knights starter Nick Schadrie had a difficult time with the Pointers bats as he gave up seven runs, recording just two outs.
The Green Knights made things interesting as they brought the score to 8-5 after four and a half innings of play.
The Pointers answered in the bottom of the fifth with six more rungs, highlighted by a Gerber grand slam.
Gerber picked up his sixth RBI of the game with an RBI groundout in the sixth then hit a two-RBI double in the bottom of the seventh. On the day Gerber went 2-for-6 with eight RBI, a home run, and a double. Douglas also had a big day, going 4-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs.
Cody Koback continued his hot streak at the plate as he went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and four runs scored. Leftfielder Casey Barnes also had a pair of hits and scored three runs as the Pointers first five hitters were a combined 11-for-22 with 14 RBIs and 13 runs scored.
Eric Van Beck picked up his second win of the season for the Pointers as he threw one and two thirds inning of relief, giving up one run. Max Frederick got the start for the Pointers, throwing three and a third while giving up four runs and striking out two.
Jacob Herbst threw a pair of scoreless relief innings, as he struck out the side in the sixth inning. Cam Seidl threw a scoreless eight inning, while Nash Bell got the final three outs for the Pointers.
The game was all about the hit batsmen and walks as there were a combined 14 walks and eight hit batters. The Pointers also were very aggressive on the bases as they stole seven bases, with Douglas stealing three and Casey Barnes swiping a pair of bags.
The Pointers return to action this weekend, as they will host UW-Stout in a pair of doubleheaders. The first doubleheader will take place Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. at University Field.
The Pointers control their own destiny this weekend for a WIAC Championship as they enter the final weekend of play one game ahead of UW-Whitewater in the conference standings.
Courtesy: UWSP Press Release