WHITEWATER, Wis. - Host and fourth-ranked UW-Whitewater completed a doubleheader sweep of the fifth-ranked UW-Stevens Point baseball team with a 5-4, 13-inning win in game two on Thursday afternoon.
UW-Whitewater (20-3, 8-1 WIAC) used a three-run seventh inning to break a 4-4 tie to take the opener in which both teams had eight hits. The Warhawks scored on a passed ball, balk and a groundout by Michael Gonzalez in the decisive seventh inning.
The Pointers (17-6, 5-5 WIAC) trailed 4-1 after four innings but used a three-run inning of their own in the fifth to tie the game at 4-4. UWSP loaded the bases on singles by Clint Rose (Watertown, WI/Watertown) and Ben Gerber (Stoughton, WI/Stoughton), followed by a UWW error.
After a fielder's choice, Kyle McHugh (Polonia, WI/Rosholt) plated two runs with a single to center and Jimmy Coady (La Crosse, WI/Aquinas), the next batter, drove in the tying run with a single down the right field line. The Pointers then had a chance to take the lead but a double play ended the rally.
UW-Stevens Point started the scoring in the third when Riley Spetz (Sturgeon Bay, WI/Sevastopol) drove home Gerber with a single but UW-Whitewater replied by scoring three times in the third and once more in the fourth. Kyle Haen sparked the three-run third with a two-run triple for the Warhawks.
JP Feyereisen (River Falls, WI/River Falls) gave up seven runs in seven innings for the Pointers, while Connor Hurst went the distance for the Warhawks. Hurst did not walk a batter and struck out seven.
UW-Stevens Point led 4-0 entering the eighth before UW-Whitewater sent the game to extra innings. The Warhawks completed the come-from-behind win in the bottom of the 13th inning when Adam Gregory singled home Steve Chamberlain, who led off the inning with a triple off of Tyler Flood (Madison, WI/La Follette).
The Warhawks tied the score on a throwing error on a potential double-play ball with one out in the bottom of the ninth. In the eighth, Kevin Friend hit a two-run home run and Trey Cannon added a RBI single off of Cam Seidl (Appleton, WI/Fox Valley Lutheran), who had kept UW-Whitewater scoreless through seven innings.
Coady opened the scoring with his first home run of the season, a solo shot to right in the top of the second. The Pointer added three more in the fifth on an RBI double by Kranz and a two-run double by McHugh.
Seidl escaped bases-loaded, two-out jams in the second and third innings, while UW-Stevens Point had the bases full with no outs in the third and did not score.
The two top-five teams meet on Friday, April 18 in the second of back-to-back doubleheaders, beginning at noon.
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