Baseball Has Strong Finish to Series
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point baseball team went on the road to take on the UW-Platteville in a four-game series Thursday and Friday, April 13-14, finishing with a record of 3-1.
The Pointers found themselves down 3-0 in the first inning of game one.
Stevens Point answered with their own three-run inning as Tyler Thomka hit an RBI single, later reaching home plate on a sacrifice RBI by Tommy Duddleston to tie the game in the second inning.
Down 5-4 heading into the seventh inning, Point scored four times in the inning to take a commanding 10-5 lead.
The inning was highlighted by Ryan Stanicek’s grand slam, the first of Stanicek’s career.
The Pioneers made the game into a shootout by scoring three times in the seventh inning and once again in the ninth inning, drawing within two points of the Pointers lead.
However, Alex Stodola struck out a batter for the third out in the bottom of the ninth inning to preserve Stevens Point’s 10-8 win.
Drew Spaeth was credited with the win and Stodola with the save.
Game two of the series proved difficult for the Pointers.
Ben Gerber hit a solo home run in the third inning giving Stevens Point a 1-0 lead.
After the third inning, UWSP’s bats went quiet as they lost 8-1.
Day two of the series proved to be a better day for the Pointers.
In game three of the series, the Stevens Point scored 18 runs as they routed the Pioneers 18-3.
William Iloncaie hit a two-RBI single in the first inning as UWSP pulled out to an early 3-0 lead.
The momentum continued in the second inning as Kyle Mrozinski hit a two-RBI double, extending the lead to 5-0.
Stanicek hit his second home run of the series in the fourth inning, boosting Point’s lead to 8-2.
Jordan Carlson and Mrozinski each hit two-run home runs in the fifth inning and the Pointers started putting the game away early 12-2.
Stevens Point finished off the day scoring four more times in the sixth inning and once in the seventh inning.
Derek Kawlewski picked up the win for Point.
Game four saw UWSP pick up its third win in a 9-1 victory.
Thomka continued his strong outing with a two-RBI single in the first inning, extending the Pointers lead to three in the first inning.
Carlson hit an RBI single in the third, Iloncaie hit an RBI single in the fourth and Clint Rose hit an RBI single in the fifth giving Stevens Point a 7-1 lead.
Mrozinski finished off the scoring in the seventh inning with a two-RBI double.
With five hits, including a two-run home run and seven runs batted in, Mrozinski set himself apart with his performance in the series.
On the mound, Nathan Mulzer helped the Pointers finish the series strong. Mulzer pitched five innings, allowing just one hit and no runs scored in game four of the series.
UWSP will be back in action at home on April 22-23, as they face off against conference rival UW-Whitewater.
Softball Drops Home Opener
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point softball team had another rough week, losing a pair of games to the UW-Whitewater on Friday.
The Pointers could not generate anything offensively as they fell in game one 7-0.
The Warhawks did most of their damage in the second inning as they scored five runs.
Bella Matthias picked up the win for Whitewater.
UWSP finally got going offensively in game two as Morgan Johnson hit two RBI’s in a 11-6 loss to Whitewater.
Jen Jacobson hit an RBI single in the third inning, driving in the first run of the series for the Pointers.
Averi Kanyuh and Johnson each had an RBI single in the fourth inning, narrowing the Warhawks lead to 5-3.
Paige Allen hit an RBI on a fielder’s choice in the sixth inning and Johnson hit her second RBI single of the day to finish the scoring for UWSP in the seventh inning.
The Pointers could not generate enough runs to overcome strong innings by Whitewater that saw the Warhawks score 11 runs in four innings.
Julia Camardo picked up the win for the Warhawks.
Stevens Point will be back in action on Saturday, April 22, as they host the UW-Eau Claire.
Track and Field Finishes on Top in Five Events
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point men’s and women’s track and field team traveled to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to participate in the Platteville Invitational. The trip was highlighted by five first place finishes for Stevens Point.
The men finished with four of the five overall victories.
UWSP’s Neil Pedersen and Calvin VanRyzin had a close race for first in the 1,500-meter run. Pedersen took home the win with a time of 4:00.12 and VanRyzin finished second with a time of 4:01.35.
Christian Ferguson took first in the high jump with a height of 2.06 meters for the Pointers.
Jerry Williams won the long jump with a distance of 7.36 meters, a personal best.
Calden Wojt finished first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.54 seconds.
The women received their own first place finish via Isabella Weekly’s winning high jump of 1.60 meters.
The Pointers return to action when they travel to Rock Island, Illinois this week. The women compete in the Augie Invitational on Friday, April 21, and the men compete in the Meet of Champions on Saturday, April 22.