LA CROSSE, Wis. - The UW-Stevens Point baseball team had its run at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Tournament Title came to an end on Friday afternoon, as the Pointers fell to the Titans of UW-Oshkosh 5-3 in the first elimination game of the 2012 tournament.
The loss ends the Pointers season at 27-15. UWSP will now await word of a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The tournament field will be announced on Monday, May 14.
With both teams facing elimination after losses in their respective tournament openers, the Titans struck first, plating a run off a leadoff home run by Kyle Van Abel.
UW-Stevens Point answered back in the second, as Jimmy Coady (La Crosse, WI/Aquinas)'s single drove in Sean Gerber (Stoughton, WI/Stoughton).
The Titans again took the lead, this time plating a run in the third off starter Brad Stroik (Stevens Point, WI/SPASH), taking a 2-1 advantage after three.
In the fourth, Justin Jirschele (Clintonville, WI/Clintonville) led off the inning with a home run to right, tying the score at 2-2.
In the seventh, the Titans went in front for good, plating three runs off reliever Ryan Iverson (Eau Claire, WI/Eau Claire North) to take a 5-2 lead.
The Pointers put runners aboard in the eighth and a Ryan Schilter (West Bend, WI/West) double scored Clay Giese (Plover, WI/SPASH), but the Titans Luke Westphal shut the Pointers down from there, going the distance and eliminating the Pointers.
Iverson suffered the loss, his fourth of the season, allowing three runs on five hits in 2.2 innings of work. Stroik and Zach Wendorf (Merrill, WI/Merrill) each threw 2.2 innings in the loss.
UWO's Westphal scattered 11 UWSP hits and finished with 10 strikeouts.
Casey Barnes (Mequon, WI/Homestead) finished the game with three hits while Giese and Jirschele each tallied two.
Courtesy: UWSP Sports Information