Yellowjacket Baseball earns a split with UW-Stout

The UW-Superior base­ball team took on UW-Stout in a WIAC base­ball game. And if you like offense and didn’t make it to the game, that’s a bum­mer; because a lot of runs were scored.

The Yel­low­jack­ets took the first game from UW-Stout by a score of 18–14. Out­fielder Tom Fair­banks added two more home runs, push­ing his team-leading total to eight on the year. The Yel­low­jack­ets jumped on UW-Stout in the first inning, scor­ing seven runs, with six of the runs com­ing by way of the long ball. Fair­banks con­nected for a grand slam and later in the inning, fresh­man Tyler Evans added a two-run home run. UW-Stout start­ing pitcher, Brett Stein­wag­ner, lasted just 2/3 of an inning, sur­ren­der­ing seven runs (only one run was earned) on only four hits and walked three. The game remained 7–0 until the bot­tom of the third inning when UW-Stout plated eight runs to take an 8–7 lead. But the Yel­low­jack­ets came right back by scor­ing four runs in the top of the fourth inning, with Fair­banks hit­ting his sec­ond home run of the game and junior catcher Alex Quinones con­nected on one as well. The Yel­low­jack­ets finally put the game away in the top of the sev­enth inning when Evans con­nected for his sec­ond home run of the game, this one being a three-run home run. Pitcher Alex Beers picked up the win in relief of start­ing pitcher Jake Lewis, by going 4 and 2/3 innings.

The sec­ond game of the double-header started out just like the first one for the Yel­low­jack­ets. They scored three times in the first inning. But UW-Stout went on to score the next four runs of the game before the Yel­low­jack­ets tied it up in the top of the sev­enth inning. But over the next two innings, UW-Stout man­aged to score four more runs to take an 8–4 lead into the ninth inning. The Yel­low­jack­ets made it inter­est­ing though. Junior first base­man Sam Holden smacked a two-run dou­ble to pull the Yel­low­jack­ets to within two runs. How­ever, the Yel­low­jack­ets weren’t able to get any closer as they lost, 8–6.

As it stands right now, the Yel­low­jack­ets are 10–7 over­all and 2–4 in con­fer­ence play. They will travel to UW-Stevens Point this week­end to take on the Pointers.

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