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.