UWS Baseball completes weekend sweep

Tom Fairbanks

UWS men’s baseball traveled to UW-Platteville this weekend to compete in two doubleheader games. On Saturday the Jackets opened up with a 4-3 win, but fell to the Pioneers the second game 0-8. On Sunday the Jackets stayed hungry, and finished the weekend sweep winning 12-5 and 8-7. The Jackets now hold a 3-5 conference record after taking three wins from Platteville, but more importantly ending a four-game losing streak.

On Saturday, in game one the Jackets posted nine hits. Jeff Miller and T.J. Evanson each had two hits apiece. But it was Jackets senior pitcher, Dan Genrich who held Platteville to three hits with five strike outs. Reliever Cody Johnson took the mound in the seventh, and finished was Genrich had started. Jackets win 4-3.

In game two the Jackets failed to find any offense, posting only five hits, to Platteville’s ten. Travis Elwood was the starting pitcher for the Jackets, but gave up eight runs, on eight hits in 2.2 innings. Elwood handed the ball over to Graham Miller who slowed down Platteville’s hitting; only giving up two hits in 5.1 innings. However the early success from the Pioneers was too much to handle in an 8-0 loss.

On Sunday the Jackets attempted to go for the weekend sweep, which means taking both games. In game one the Jackets were led by right fielder Tom Fairbanks who went four for five. The Jackets posted 18 hits, scoring 12 times. The Jackets offense was too much to handle for Platteville, and resulted in a Jacket’s win 12-5.

In game two it was Alex Beers who started on the mound for the Jackets, he gave up 11 hits in just four innings pitched, however the offense continued to be successful and backed up Beers’ performance. The Jackets got on the board early after Jeff Miller hit a three run homerun. The Jackets scored six runs in the first, with a game total of 13 hits. Michael Doescher came in for relief in the seventh inning, allowing one run, while striking out three. The Jackets early success was enough to hold off Platteville, Jackets win 8-7 and finish the sweep.

The Jackets now look ahead to their next game against UW- La Crosse. After the doubleheader against La Crosse, the Jackets travel to UW-Oshkosh for two doubleheader games. After a weekend sweep over Platteville the Yellowjackets will continue to rely on their hitting success, while getting good results from the starters, and relievers.

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