Guckenberg walk-off homer in 10th inning lifts UW-Stevens Point to 6-5 win
APPLETON, Wis. -– Bryton Guckenberg belted a walk-off home run with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to give UW-Stevens Point a 6-5 win against Manchester in the opening game of the Division III Championship Friday evening.
The Pointers trailed 5-0 entering the bottom of the eighth inning, but Sean Gerber led off the frame by getting hit by a pitch and Jimmy Coady put UWSP on the board with an RBI triple.
Casey Barnes followed with an RBI single to cut the deficit to 5-2, Riley Spetz doubled to advance Barnes to third, and Guckenberg grounded out allowing Barnes to score.
Tyler Flood held the Spartans scoreless in the ninth inning, and Dan Douglas led off the home half of the ninth with a walk and scored on a triple by Gerber.
Coady then hit a fly ball to centerfield as Gerber tagged up and beat the throw to the plate, tying the game 5-5.
Flood worked out of a bases loaded jam in the 10th inning, and Guckenberg drilled a 3-1 offering with two outs over the left field wall to give UWSP the win.