April 19, 2009

Courtesy of Wis.-Platteville

Before UW-Platteville left for UW-Oshkosh Saturday morning, they packed their usual gear: bats, hats, and gloves. Someone, however, must have put on an extra pair of hitting shoes for everyone.

The Pioneers racked up 30 runs, their most in a conference doubleheader in at least a dozen years, to smoke host UW-Oshkosh 16-10 and 14-3.

The Pioneers improved to 15-13 overall and 7-7 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, while the Titans fell out of first place at 14-10, 6-4. The same teams are scheduled to play again Sunday in Oshkosh.

In the opener, the Pioneers overcame a 7-2 deficit by scoring 14 runs in the last five innings. The Pioneers totaled 21 hits, its second-highest total of the season, led by Jason Jacobson. The second baseman had four hits, including a grand slam in the seventh inning and a solo home run in the ninth. Brenden Watson and Derrick Rice also homered for the Pioneers, who sit in fourth place in the WIAC.

Corey Connolly, who has yet to allow an earned run in seven appearances, earned the win in relief. Joe Lange, who pitched a complete-game Wednesday, threw the final 2.2 innings for the save.

Jacobson continued his torred hitting in the nightcap, as both he and Steve Bomkamp crashed three-run home runs in the first inning. The Pioneers scored 10 runs in the first and added three more in the second for a commanding 13-0 lead.

Kyle Mack made sure the Titans came nowhere close to that big lead, pitching a complete game and evening his record at 3-3.

Jacobson's three hits paced a 16-hit attack, while Brett Benesh, Levi Ney, Kevin Osmanski, Shawn Tobie and Watson each had two for Coach Eric Frese's club.