WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The UW-Stevens Point baseball team dropped its Florida trip finale on Friday afternoon, falling 5-2 to the Presidents of Washington & Jefferson College at Chain of Lakes Field, former home of the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox.
The Presidents (9-1) strung together four straight singles with one out in the top of the first inning, plating a pair of runs to take the early advantage.
UWSP (7-3) pushed a run across in the home half of the first inning, as Dan Douglas(East Troy, WI/East Troy) led off the inning with a single and came around to score on a Justin Jirschele (Clintonville, WI/Clintonville) single.
The Pointers put runners in scoring position in the second and fourth innings but the Presidents ended the threat each time.
In the seventh, the Presidents tacked on three insurance runs, all unearned, to pull in front 5-1 after 6-and-a-half innings.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Pointers pushed another run across as Sean Gerber (Stoughton, WI/Stoughton) singled and scored on a Bryan Clark (Oshkosh, WI/North) fielder's choice.
In the ninth, Bobby Gregorich (Plover, WI/SPASH) led off the inning with a double and a Douglas single put runners on the corners, but the Presidents ended the threat to seal the victory.
Jacob Herbst (Park Falls, WI/Park Falls), in relief of starter Tyler Flood (Madison, WI/La Follette), threw six solid innings, allowing five hits and three runs, all unearned, striking out five. Kenneth Chiu (Hong Kong/St. Joseph's College) also threw two innings in relief, allowing just one hit and stuck out one.
Offensively, Douglas tallied three hits while Clark and Jirschele drove in the lone Pointers runs.
UW-Stevens Point returns to Wisconsin and opens the 2012 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play with a four game series against UW-Stout on March 31-April 1 in Menomonie.
Courtesy: UWSP Sports Information