MINNEAPOLIS – Three relievers combined to throw four shutout innings and No. 2 St. Thomas (Minn.) rallied from a 4-3 deficit to post a 6-4 victory for a split of Thursday’s late doubleheader against No. 11 Wisconsin-Whitewater at the Metrodome. The Warhawks won the first game 4-2.
A ball lost in the Metrodome ceiling plated the go-ahead runs for St. Thomas in the top of the fifth inning. Sam Miller’s two-out fly ball was lost in left and a diving attempt by the center fielder came up short as the Tommies took a 6-4 lead.
St. Thomas (4-2) stranded nine runners and had two others picked off but held on to win the nightcap. Jacob Nelson pitched 2.1 innings and allowed just one hit, a walk and a sacrifice fly to get the victory. Mark Ulrich retired the last out of the sixth inning, and Dylan Thomas worked the last inning for his first save of 2013. He allowed a leadoff double but set down the next three batters to secure the victory, recorded at 2:02 a.m. local time.
Tim Kuzniar had a two-out single to tie the game in the fourth inning. Tyler Peterson had a two-run double in the first inning. Kuzniar, Miller and Jack Hogan each had two hits in the game.
Justin Lambert allowed five hits and two runs in a complete-game effort for Whitewater (1-1) in the first game. He got all the runs he needed with a three-run first inning keyed by hits from Jared Fon, Marty Herum and Samuel Keller. David Cladis reached base on his first five trips of the night via and error, a walk and three singles.