MENOMONIE, Wis. – The ninth-ranked UW-Stevens Point baseball team opened the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) portion of the 2012 schedule on Saturday with a split against UW-Stout. The Pointers won game one 10-6 and fell in the nightcap 5-3.
The Pointers found themselves in a 2-0 hole after the first inning, but the offense came alive in the second. Bryan Clark belted a two-run home run, his first of the season, and later in the inning, Casey Barnes (Mequon, WI/Homestead) drove in a run with a two-out single. Justin Jirschele (Clintonville, WI/Clintonville) added two more runs with a double to cap a five-run inning for the Pointers.
The Blue Devils added a pair of runs of starter Max Frederick (New London, WI/New London) in the home half of the second inning to pull within one, 5-4.
The Pointers plated another run in the fifth, as a Sean Gerber (Stoughton, WI/Stoughton) sacrifice fly drove in C. Barnes to give the Pointers a two-run edge, 6-4. In the seventh, the Pointers tacked on three more runs, as Clark doubled to score Jirschele and Gerber.
Another pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh kept the Blue Devils close, but Jacob Herbst (Park Falls, WI/Park Falls) allowed just three hits and one run in the final three innings to earn the save and give the Pointers the victory.
Frederic (2-2) threw six innings, allowing eight hits and five runs, all earned, and struck out four. Herbst struck out six batters in three innings.
Dan Douglas (East Troy, WI/East Troy) and Jirschele finished the day 3-for-6 while Clark was 3-for-4 with four RBIs.
In game two, the Pointers took the early lead thanks to a Jirschele single that brought in Douglas.
The Pointers held the lead until the fourth, when the Blue Devils pushed a run across to tie the score at 1-1.
In the fifth, Stout took the lead for good, pushing three runs across to take the 4-1 lead.
UW-Stevens Point cut the deficit to one, 4-3 with a pair of runs in the sixth, thanks to a Gerber home run and a Reiley Spetz fielders choice.
Stout tacked on an insurance run in the sixth and held the Pointers at bay the rest of the way to secure the split with a 5-3 win.
Cam Seidl (Appleton, WI/Fox Valley Lutheran) suffered the loss, throwing a complete game, allowing five runs, four earned and just seven hits, striking out seven.
UW-Stevens Point (8-4, 1-1 WIAC) and UW-Stout (8-4, 1-1 WIAC) return to action for the final two games of the weekend series on Sunday, April 1. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
Courtesy: UWSP Sports Information