Score: WPU 7, CUW 6 (7 innings)
Box Score: CUW 7, WPU 6 (7 innings)
MESA, Ariz. - It was a day for the dramatic at Snedigar Park, as both games of a doubleheader against William Paterson University were decided in walk-off fashion. The Pioneers earned a 7-6 victory on a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, prior to the Falcons scoring a 7-6 win of their own on a Matt Schroeder walk-off infield single in the bottom of the seventh.
In the opener WPU rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning with six runs on six hits. The Pioneers put together five consecutive singles and had runners at first and second for Adam Derner who smashed the first pitch of his at-bat over the right field fence.
CUW took its turn to win in dramatic fashion during the nightcap by scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh frame off just one hit and capitalizing on three errors. With runners at first and third, Schroeder pushed Matt Parrent across the plate after singling on a 1-1 pitch through to the left side of the infield. The win was the Falcons first of the season.
Game One Recap:
CUW's offense found its rhythm by pounding out 14 hits. The Falcons pounded out four doubles and a triple during the contest.
Sarauer, Martz and Parrent (senior, Kewaskum, Wis.) led the offense with three hits apiece, while Sarauer and Martz each drove in a pair. Sophomore Beau Burgert (Oshkosh, Wis.) scored twice in the defeat.
A.J. Flores recorded a team-high two hits for WPU and Ryan Gibbons scored twice.
After WPU plated a run in the opening inning, CUW responded with three runs in the third frame and single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to take a 6-1 lead.
Two outs had been recorded in the seventh inning before the unprecedented WPU rally began. The Pioneers singled five consecutive times before Derner approached the plate as a pinch hitter. It didn't take long for him to end the game, as he sent the first pitch he saw over the right field fence for a game-winning three-run homer.
Senior Ryan Baglow (Walled Lake, Mich.) took the loss on the mound after giving up six runs, all earned, on six hits in 0.2 innings of work.
Ryan Monahgan picked up the win in relief after striking out two in 1.1 innings of work.
Game Two Recap:
Doedens and sophomore Mathew Scasny (Pewaukee, Wis.) each had two hits and Martz crossed the plate twice for CUW. Doedens led all players with three RBI.
WPU had four players reach twice on base hits.
The teams exchanged runs in the second frame before WPU scored three unanswered to take a 4-1 lead after five innings of play.
CUW scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a Doedens single and a Daniel Mueller (junior, West Bend, Wis.) groundout. The Pioneers plated two runs on back-to-back singles to take a 6-3 lead with a half inning to play.
At that point the Falcons took advantage of Pioneer fielding and throwing mistakes to earn the come-from-behind victory. Burgert walked to begin the inning before three straight WPU errors allowed two runs to score.
Sophomore Harry Steldt (West Bend, Wis.) advanced Martz and Parrent to second and third on a sacrifice bunt prior to Doedens' sacrifice fly to center field, which scored Martz, to tie the game at 6-6. Mueller earned a five-pitch walk to put runners at first and third.
After taking a ball and strike, Schroeder hit a chopper to the Pioneers shortstop and beat out the throw to give CUW its first victory of the year.
Parrent was 1-for-1 as a pinch hitter in the win and concluded the doubleheader 3-for-5 after starting in left field in the opening game of the twin bill.
Junior Glen Meyerhofer (Kaukauna, Wis.) earned the win with two innings of scoreless relief.
On the day senior Adam Martz (West Bend, Wis.)
led CUW with four hits and three runs scored. Schroeder (freshman,
Mequon, Wis.) and senior Nick Doedens (Germantown, Wis.) drove in
three runs apiece. Senior Austin Sarauer (Cambellsport, Wis.) led
all Falcons with six total bases.
WPU (10-3) had four batters tally four hits apiece, while Ryan Gibbons and Derner crossed the plate three times. Jack Montanile led the Pioneers with four RBI.
CUW concludes its nine-game RussMatt Greater Phoenix Invitational road trip with a 9 a.m. (PST) contest against Johns Hopkins University at Snedigar Park.