The University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point baseball team shocked the baseball world this week, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in an exhibition game.
The final score was 10-0, with the Pointers collecting 20 hits during the game and the Brewers only accounting for two hits.
“This is a great team,” said Brewers Head Coach Ron Roenicke. “I just hope that we don’t have to play them in the playoffs this year.”
Brewers ace Zack Greinke was given the loss on the game, giving up seven earned runs in just four innings of work.
“It was a tough day, I hope that the teams we play during the regular season are not as good as these guys,” Greinke said after the game.
Stevens Point senior relief pitcher Ryan Iverson started the exhibition game only expecting to throw two or three innings, but ended up pitching a near perfect game for the Pointers.
“That’s the most innings I have pitched since little league,” Iverson said. “It felt like my arm was going to fall off, but somehow I got the job done.”
Iverson certainly did get the job done, striking out 22 Brewer batters and not allowing a single walk.
Stevens Point got on the board in the first inning when Greinke allowed three consecutive hits to the first three players in the order.
Then freshman Cody Hanke drilled a grand slam home run over the fence, making the score 4-0.
Greinke got in trouble again in the second inning when the Pointers hit three doubles in a row, scoring two more runs and bringing the score to 6-0.
The Pointers would finally finish off Greinke when he went out to pitch in the fifth inning.
Sophomore outfielder Casey Barnes hit a towering home run over the fence, and Greinke was pulled from the game; the score now read 7-0.
The Pointers would add 3 more runs in the next 5 innings, getting to some of the Brewers relief pitching, while Iverson was continuing to have a strong performance.
“That was a nice performance by Iverson,” said Pointer Head Coach Pat Bloom, “but we need to improve for our next games.”
The lone bright spot for the Brewers on the day was Ryan Braun, who collected both of Milwaukee’s hits, and ended up going 2-4 on the day.
One of the low lights for Milwaukee had to be the play of centerfielder Nyjer Morgan, also known as Tony Plush, Tony Gumbo, Tony Tombstone and Tony Hush.
Morgan went 0-4, striking out on all four of his plate appearances. After Morgan’s fourth and final strikeout, he flipped off the umpires, Pointer team and all fans watching the game. He was then tossed from the game.
“AAAHHHHHH!” Morgan said after the game. “I don’t care about the loss; the Pointers will be watching us in the playoffs anyway, gotta go!”
The Pointers were led by Cody Hanke, who ended the day going 4-5 including three runs scored and six runs batted in.
“I can tell you one thing,” Roenicke said. “We will be scouting and drafting a lot of the members of that Stevens Point team in this year’s draft.”
The Brewers will put this embarrassing loss behind them as they prepare for the start of the regular season.
Stevens Point will start their conference schedule on Saturday when they play at UW-Stout in a double header.