STEVENS POINT - Senior's Scott Williams and Joel Deloriteach pitched complete game gem's in for the Pointers against UW-Stout as they kept their hopes alive for the outright WIAC regular season title Friday afternoon at University Field. UW-Stevens Point won game one 10-1 and followed up with a 12-3 victory in game two.
With the victory, UW-Stevens Point (28-8, 18-4 WIAC) continues to hold a one game advantage in the WIAC standings over UW-Whitewater (28-8, 17-5 WIAC), who won both their Friday afternoon games against UW-La Crosse.
Williams started the afternoon off strong as he fanned five batters in the first two innings including striking out the side in the second.
The Pointers jumped on the board quick, plating three runs in the bottom half of the first inning. Dan Douglas led off the inning with a double and later came around when Cody Koback reached on an error. Sean Gerber and Jordan Rennicke each added RBI doubles in the inning to give UW-Stevens Point a 3-0 advantage.
Koback tacked on one more run in the second as he lined a base hit up the middle scoring Justin Jirschele to push the Pointers margin to four.
Point added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings on solo home runs on Koback's sixth home run of the year and Jared Surman's second.
Stout was finally able to get to Williams in the top half of the seventh as they plated an unearned run to close the gap to 6-1.
Douglas and Koback answered back in the bottom half as they both reached on singles and were later driven home by a Jirschele sacrifice fly and a Casey Barnes double. Rennicke added one more RBI in the inning on a single for the third run in the inning.
Gerber coaxed a bases loaded walk in the eighth for his second RBI of the afternoon and Williams finished off the Blue Devils in the ninth for the 10-1 victory in game one.
Williams (9-2) pitched his fifth complete game of the season as he scattered seven hits, allowed one unearned run and struck out five.
Game two started off as a pitches duel as Delorit and Blue Devil's started Carter Vogt held their respective opponents scoreless through the first three innings before Stout produced a run in the top half of the fourth on Jesse Brockman's first home run on the season.
In the Pointes half of the inning, Gerber led off with a double down the left field line and Eric Fritz beat out an infield single with two outs to even the score at one.
Stout answered back in their next at bat when Brian Giebel plated two on a double to the right field fence.
Not to be outdone, Point responded with three runs of their own on RBI singles by Koback and Barnes while Jirschele added an RBI double to give Stevens Point a one run advantage.
Point broke the game open in the sixth inning as they pushed six runs across and chased Blue Devil's starter Vogt. Bryan Clark the scoring with a sacrifice fly and Jirschele, Gerber and Barnes each added RBI singles. Rennicke plated the final two runs of the inning on a double down the left field line to put the Pointers up 10-3.
Barnes and Rennicke continued their hot offensive day in the eighth as they both plated their third runs of the game on a double and sacrifice fly and Delorit sat the Blue Devils down in order in the ninth to give Point a 12-3 victory in game two.
Delorit improved his record to 4-3 on the season as he allowed three earned runs on nine hits while striking out nine.
In the two games the Pointers tallied 33 hits led by Douglas with six including two doubles and three runs scored. Jirschele added five with four runs scored and three RBI while Koback, Jirschele and Barnes each added four. Rennicke led the team with five RBI on the day.
Greg Smolinski was the only Blue Devils to have three hits on the day and Giebel led the team with two RBI.
UW-Stevens Point will return to action Saturday afternoon on Senior Day as they conclude the 2011 regular season. With two victories the Pointers will clinch their first WIAC outright championship since the 2002 season and also host the WIAC Tournament next weekend. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. at University Field.
Courtesy: UWSP Sports Information