DI sweeps its second consecutive series. The three victories moved Wisconsin to a 10-3 overall record and helped it maintain its position atop the conference standings with an 8-1 conference record.
UW DI 20, UW-Whitewater 15
Sophomore Nick Newburg continued his hot streak on Friday night at Warner Park driving in five runs. Newburg went 4-for-5 with a double and hit his second homerun of the season.
Freshman Tyler Safgren went 3-for-6 and senior Jalen Knuteson went 3-for-5. Taylor Tomczak went 2-for-6 with a double and Ed Olson drew three walks.
The Badgers used four pitchers in the game, starting with Mike Hansen before turning to Ben Horman and Griffin Lynch in the fourth inning. James Oelke came in to relieve Lynch in the seventh inning and would be credited as the winning pitcher.
UW DI 3, UW-Whitewater 1
Junior Alex Noel gave up four hits, walked three batters, and hit two batters, but only allowed one run. Noel even worked out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh to preserve the Badgers’ victory.
The first game of Saturday’s double header was much different than Friday night’s game. The Badgers only had three hits one day after having 17 hits the night before.
A wild pitch in the fifth inning scored the first run for Wisconsin before Aaron Peterson’s two-out single drove in two runs to give the Badgers the lead it would need.
UW DI 8, UW-Whitewater 0
In the final game of the series, freshman Tyler Safgren and Jake Cavaiani each went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Safgren also had a double.
Nick Newburg delivered a complete-game shutout for Wisconsin striking out five Warhawks’ batters.
The Badgers travel to Milwaukee next weekend to play Marquette University in a three-game series. On Saturday the Badgers will play a doubleheader starting at 3:30 p.m. and on Sunday a single game beginning at 12:00 p.m.
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DII COMPLETES SEASON WITH A SWEEP
DII finished its season with a series sweep of UW-Stevens Point. The Badgers compiled an overall record of 14-5 and a conference record of 11-4. They missed the playoffs by one game, as Winona State won the conference with a 12-3 record.
UW DII 7, UWSP 1
Sophomore Alec Nelson turned in another strong performance on the hill, throwing five innings of shutout ball and allowing just one hit. He also struck out four Stevens Point batters.
Wisconsin came out swinging hot bats, scoring four runs in the first two innings.
Sophomore center fielder Chris Trafton and junior left fielder Tony DeBartolo both collected RBI singles in the first.
Senior first baseman Sam Calmes set the tone offensively, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Junior Andrew Wolfe shut the door, pitching the last two innings and giving up one unearned run.
UW DII 2, UWSP 0
The Wisconsin offense cooled off in the second contest Saturday and the Badgers found themselves in a tight pitcher’s duel.
The Badgers scored two quick runs in the bottom of the first on RBI singles by Wolfe and senior outfielder Alex Kueck, who went 3-for-3. But Wisconsin would be held scoreless for the rest of the game as the two starting pitchers battled back and forth.
Sophomore Drew Rust got the ball for his first start of the season and dazzled. He went four innings and gave up just two hits while keeping the Dawgs off the scoreboard.
Sophomore Nick Zacharias then came on in relief and picked up right where Rust left off. He gave up only one hit in two innings of work.
Sophomore Eric Van Wazer then came in for the save in the seventh inning and dominated. He struck out the side, firing a number of fastballs past UWSP hitters to secure the victory for Wisconsin.
UW DII 2, UWSP 0
Sunday proved to be a special day for the Badgers as they honored their five seniors with a hard-fought victory.
Senior Mac Sinclair started the game on the mound, his first start of the season, and was lights out. He earned the win, throwing five and ⅓ innings of shutout baseball. He struck out five and gave up only three hits.
Senior Alex Kueck suffered an ankle injury that kept him from pitching in his final appearance in the Cardinal and White, but came on to pinch-hit in a big spot in the bottom of the fifth.
With the score tied at zero, DeBartolo doubled to start the inning. Junior right fielder Vinson Mulvey then moved him to third with a ground ball. Trafton drew a walk, bringing Kueck up to the plate with the go-ahead run on third. A wild throw on a pick-off attempt allowed DeBartolo to score and Trafton to move to second. Kueck, sprained ankle and all, delivered a ground ball single to left that scored Trafton to put Wisconsin up 2-0.
Senior Jarek Petras came on in the sixth to relieve Sinclair, who exited the game to a standing ovation. Petras came into the game with the bases loaded, but struck out a UWSP batter to get out of the jam.
In the bottom of the sixth, Calmes doubled off the left field wall in his final at bat as a Badger. Senior Jake Poeske then drew a walk in his last plate appearance.
Petras then slammed the door, completing the five-out save. With the tying run on second, he induced a ground ball for the final out, ending the Badgers season on a high note.
End of season notes
Ultimately the Badgers fell short of their goal, but learned a valuable lesson from the season: every game must be treated like a playoff game in order to advance to regionals. This will serve the young Badgers well as they continue their quest for a national title.
Wisconsin graduates five seniors who did a tremendous amount of work for the club. Jake Poeske, Sam Calmes, Mac Sinclair, Alex Kueck and Jarek Petras will all be missed for their contributions both on the field and off.
Tony DeBartolo led the team in hitting with a scorching .453 average. He also led the team in RBIs with 18 and home runs with three.
Chris Trafton co-led the team in runs scored with 17, while also hitting .408 and compiling a .491 on base percentage. Junior second baseman Jack Zoeller also scored 17 runs.
Sophomore catcher Bobby Ehrlich led the team in on base percentage with a .512 mark.
Drew Rust and Nick Zacharias each had an astonishing 0.00 ERA in eight innings pitched, mostly out of the bullpen.
Jarek Petras (2.18 ERA) and Alec Nelson (4.05 ERA) each earned three wins.
Wisconsin will return seven starters next year and will set their sights on a playoff run.