Jackets split with Oshkosh

The Yellowjackets set out for UW-Oshkosh over the weekend, to take on the Titans Saturday and Sunday. Although the Jackets don’t have a home field to play on, they played the role of the home team in Oshkosh over the weekend. Oshkosh is currently ranked 24th best in the country according to the NCAA division III rankings.

On Saturday the Yellowjackets struggled to find success getting swept by Oshkosh, losing game one 20-2 and game two 21-5.

In game one the Jackets started strong holding the Titans to no runs in the first inning, but it was second and third innings that hurt the Jackets, giving the Titans ten runs. In the second inning, Jackets starter Alex Beers allowed four hits, which resulted in four runs. The Jackets came back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. However in the third inning, on three fielding errors, Oshkosh scored six times stunning the Jackets. Oshkosh struck again in the fifth inning with two runs, and again in the seventh with eight runs. The Titans finished with 19 hits to the Jackets three, ending the game in just seven innings because of the ten run rule.

In game two the Jackets continued to struggle giving up 22 hits, in which 5 were two-run home runs. The Jackets once again got themselves in a hole, giving up eight runs in the first. The Jacket’s made an attempt to stay in the game scoring three runs in the second, but it wasn’t nearly enough to keep up with the Titans offensive success. Wyatt Soderquist went three for four on the day, with two RBI’s; however the Jackets four pitchers couldn’t keep the Titans off the base pads. The Titans pitching struck out seven Jacket batters, and ended game two in seven innings as well.

After suffering two losses Saturday, and giving up 41 runs on 42 hits, the Jackets tried to recover and gain some ground over the Titans on Sunday.

The Jackets proved that they had indeed forgotten about Saturday, beating Oshkosh 8-5 in game one, and 6-1 in game two.

In game one the Jackets took the lead for the first time on the weekend, scoring four runs in the second inning. In the third, TJ Evanson doubled and then advanced to third base after a sacrifice fly. Jeff Miller then grounded out to second base which scored Evanson. The Jackets finished game one with 15 hits, scoring eight times resulting in a 8-5 win. Evanson, Miller, and Robbie Veith all had three hits, batting in four of the eight runs. Dan Genrich started for the Jackets striking out three, while giving up five runs.

In game two Cody Johnson, the UWS go-to reliever made a rare appearance as the starting pitcher. Johnson threw a complete game for the Jackets giving up seven hits, and striking out nine. It appears the reliever may have pitched his way into the starting rotation. The Jackets scored first in the third inning after Tony Remund was hit by a pitch, but made his way to third on a wild pitch. Soderquist then laid down a bunt, scoring Remund. But it was the sixth inning when the Jackets put down the pedal scoring four runs. Soderquist and Sam Holden went two for four, with two runs a piece leading the Jackets to a 6-1 win. The Jackets rebounded on Sunday and returned the favor sweeping the Titans.

The Jackets now hold an overall record of 14-15, with a conference record of 7-7.They are currently fifth in the WIAC Standings behind fourth place UW-Oshkosh. The Jackets head to UW-Lacrosse Wednesday to play a double-header against the third place Eagles.

Brad Phenow -- The Stinger
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