The UW-Stevens Point baseball team used a pair of stellar pitching performances on Saturday afternoon to tally two wins against the Eagles of UW-La Crosse. The Pointers won the opener 5-1 behind a complete game six-hitter from Jacob Herbstand won the nightcap 10-1 behind a stellar performance from Ben Messenger.
In game one, an RBI single by Sean Gerber in the first and a Clint Rose RBI double in the second gave the Pointers a 2-0 lead. The offense plated two more runs in the fifth with a Ryan Schilter home run, his ninth of the season, and another in the sixth to take the 5-1 advantage.
Herbst allowed just six hits on the afternoon, striking out four on his way to improving his record to 8-1 on the year.
In game two, Brandon Kanz supplied the offense in game two, first with a three-run double in the third inning as part of a five run inning, and then with an RBI single in the seventh. Clint Rose added another RBI hit in the seventh to push the UWSP lead to 9-1 after seven. Another run in the ninth by the Pointers sealed the nine-run victory.
Messenger, not to be outdone by Herbst's performance, threw 6.1 innings, scattering seven hits, allowing just one run and struck out two. Brad Stroik came in to close out the game, pitching the final 2.2 innings, allowing just one hit.
The Pointers (28-8, 15-5 WIAC) and Eagles (16-17, 8-11 WIAC) return to action on Sunday. First pitch scheduled for 12 p.m.
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