Offense lifts No. 8 UW-Stevens Point
Pointers pound out 27 hits in DH sweep of Wisconsin-La Crosse
STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- Eighth-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point stayed hot at the plate and used two complete-game performances from its starting pitchers to record two run-shortened victories against Wisconsin-La Crosse on Thursday afternoon. The Pointers posted an 11-1 victory in the opener before shutting the Eagles out 10-0 in game two for the sweep.
The Pointers took the early lead in the second inning, plating two runs and tacked on another in the third to take the 3-0 lead after three.
The visiting Eagles got a run back in the top of the fourth, but the Pointers answered in the fifth with an opposite-field home run by Bryan Clark, his second of the season.
In the sixth, the Pointers plated seven runs to pull away and a scoreless seventh inning by La Crosse gave the Pointers the 10-run seven inning victory.
Sean Gerber collected three hits while Justin Jirschele, Ryan Schilter and Clark each drove in a pair of runs each to power the Pointers' offense.
Max Frederic threw a complete game, five-hitter to earn the victory, his third of the season. Frederic struck out three and walked one.
UWL's Tim Verthein suffered the loss, allowing 12 hits and nine runs, all earned in 5.1 innings of work.
In game two, the Pointers plated three runs in the second and five in the third to jump in front early and pushed the final two runs across the plate in the sixth to secure the 10-run victory.
Gerber was 2-for-3 at the plate, scored three runs and drove in another while Clark added two hits and Jimmy Coady drove in a team-high three runs. Riley Spetz and Casey Barnes also tallied two RBIs each.
Cam Seidl secured the five-hit shutout victory, his first of the season, by striking out three and walking two.