Powered by newcomers, D1 earns four wins in Tampa

D1 started their season off on a high note, going 4-1 in Florida and getting several quality wins.

UW DI 8, Drexel DI 2

In its first time outside since October, the Badgers defeated the No. 5 ranked team in the nation. Sophomore Ryan Gassner and freshman Trey Mohr combined to allow just three hits.

Wisconsin clobbered six extra base hits, including a home run by freshman shortstop Chase Zernich. Freshman outfielder Gus Turner-Zick and sophomore outfielder Jared Eichorst each hit triples to help power the offense.

UCF DI 15, UW D1 1

The Badgers faced another top ten team in No. 8 UCF, the national runner ups a year ago, and fell in a tough game.

Zernich again shined at the plate, going 2-for-3. Freshman catcher Ryan Hubbell and sophomore center fielder Austin Grover each had doubles.

UW DI 7, Mizzou DI 6

The Badgers trailed by two in the bottom of the 7th, but rallied for three runs and a walk-off victory over the Tigers.

With one out, senior first baseman Nick Newburg singled to get the rally started. Hubbell and junior Justin Gorman followed with singles of their own to load the bases. Grover then reached on an error, scoring Newburg.

Turner-Zick knocked in Hubbell to tie the game and bring up senior second baseman Brian Mariska.

Mariska delivered a sacrifice fly to plate Gorman and give the Badgers the win. Mariska went 3-5 with a double and a home run in the game.

Freshman Nolan DeGreef threw all seven innings allowing just three earned runs and striking out six.

UW DI 16, Kent State DI 7

Wisconsin used a six-run third to power past Kent State.

Eichorst continued to rake, going 4-for-5 with a triple.

Five other Badgers had multi-hit games, including Hubbell who also drove in three runs.

UW DI 11, UCF DII 5

The Badgers were trailing 5-3 after seven innings, but plated eight runs in the eighth to defeat the Knights.

Freshman infielder Will Strauss had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

Mariska delivered the big hit in the eighth, driving a single that scored three runs, the last coming in on an error.

Next up for the Badgers after their impressive week is a three-game home series with UW-Eau Claire. They will play Friday at 7 p.m. and a doubleheader Saturday starting at noon, all at the Near West Field on campus.