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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