No. 7 Pointers get fourth win in a row
Wis.-Stephens Point pounds out 18 hits on Southern Maine
AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- Seventh-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point scored a combined nine runs in the third and fourth innings and went on to defeat the Southern Maine, 12-4, in a non-conference game Thursday in Auburndale, Fla.
The win was the fourth in a row for the Pointers, who are 6-2 overall. The Huskies fall to 6-5.
Junior Justin Jirschele led the Pointers' 18-hit attack with three hits, including a pair of doubles, and five RBI. Classmate Max Mittelstaedt also had three hits and three RBI. Senior Eric Fritz had three singles and scored three times. Rookie pitcher Brad Stroik, the fourth of five UWSP hurlers, picked up the win hurling 3.1 innings of shutout relief.
Senior Mike Eaton was the lone Husky with multiple hits - he had three singles. Senior right-hander Ben Ives suffered his second loss of the season.
The Pointers got five runs on five hits against Ives in the third inning. Jirschele and Mittelstaedt each had a two-run double.
Southern Maine picked up two runs in the home half of the third to make it 5-2. Junior Anthony Pisani scored on a wild pitch and Eaton crossed the plate on a fielder's choice.
In the fourth, the Pointers scored four times on five hits against Ives and junior reliever James Nutter to blow the game open.
Both teams scored two runs in the fifth. Jirschele had his second two-run double for the Pointers. For the Huskies, sophomore Chris Bernard drove in the first run with a double, and later came home on a single by senior Jordan Berthiaume.