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.

Image cour­tesy of Brad Phe­now — The Stinger
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