Fifth-ranked UW-Stevens Point beats third-ranked Southern Maine
AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Six players had multi-hit games to lead fifth-ranked UW-Stevens Point to a 12-2 win against third-ranked Southern Maine in eight innings on Wednesday morning at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational.
UW-Stevens Point (6-1) led 3-2 through five innings but broke the game open by pushing across six runs in the top of the sixth against the Huskies (5-2). Riley Spetz, Jimmy Coady, Harry Steldt and Clint Rose each had two hits, while Cody Hanke and Bobby Gregorich each tallied three as the Pointers pounded out 17 hits.
The victory is the third for the Pointers against teams ranked in the top 12 on the trip. In addition to knocking off the third-ranked Huskies, UW-Stevens Point defeated 10th-ranked Rowan 12-10 and 12th-ranked Wheaton (Mass.) 8-2.
In the sixth, the first three batters all reached base for the Pointers. After a groundout by Rose scored Hanke and an intentional walk to Spetz, Coady drove in two with a double. Kranz then followed an intentional walk to Kyle McHugh with a two-run single to make it 8-2. Hanke capped the six-run inning with a RBI single, scoring McHugh.
UW-Stevens Point added three more runs in the top of the eighth, as Steldt, Rose and Spetz drove in runs. Hanke finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored. Coady, Steldt and Gregorich all scored twice, while Coady, Brandon Kranz, Steldt and Rose all drove in a pair of runs.
JP Feyereisen held the Huskies to one earned run on three hits in seven innings of work to earn his second win in two starts. Feyereisen walked two batters and struck out three. Both Southern Maine runs came in the fourth to tie the score at 2-2.